Excerpt: Two and a half years ago, Donkey Kong Country Returns hit the Wii with a gorilla-sized thud and delivered not just one of the system’s best platforming experiences, but also one of the most enjoyable (and frustrating) of the generation.
Conclusion: I agree with Dad because I’ve already seen DS games like ScribbleNauts and Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing in the AppStore for $0.99, so if this keeps happening, the Nintendo 3DS might not survive.
Pros: - 3D gaming experience is surprisingly good, - Sound build quality, - Ability to turn 3D off, - Large games selection, - Can play DSi & DSLite games, - Can create your own and keep others Miis, - Nintendo eShop, - Parental controls
Cons: - Games are expensive, - Picture quality is poor, - Advised not to use 3D more than an hour, - Advised not to let anyone under 7 use device in 3D mode, - Have to get just the right distance & angle for 3D to look correct
Conclusion: I found the Nintendo 3DS to be the most enjoyable, and most comfortable, in small doses, which is perfect for the casual gamer, or anyone with a lot of other stuff going on in his or her life. The quick levels of the titles I tried helped to stave off encroaching headaches and eyestrain.
Pros: Glasses-free 3D here today!, Backward-compatible to DS/DSi games and DSiWare, Bonus: Built-in 3D camera for sweet stills and more
Cons: Expect some eye fatigue over long stretches, Limited titles at launch
Summary: The Nintendo 3DS is a unique handheld game console that offers some of the best gaming experiences with glasses-free 3D technology. However, now that other consoles exist in the 3DS family, this version does little to set itself apart in the mobile gaming landscape.
Pros: The Nintendo 3DS offers glasses-free 3D gaming, and the variety of gaming experiences means that there is something for everyone.
Cons: The 3D effect drains the battery fast, and you have to look at the screen at the perfect angle to get the effect.
Excerpt: The Nintendo 3DS boasts 3D graphics (optional) without the need for special glasses, and it’s quite stunning. It’s backwards compatible, which we love, and virtual items bought on your DSi can be imported into the 3DS.
Nintendo 3DS review (2014): a good reason to give 3D another shot
3 May 2011
Conclusion: Both of the new 3DSes bring enough improvements to warrant an upgrade from the original system. Nintendo has finally managed to make the 3D effect work comfortably, and hardware looks more refined on both models. If you already own a 3DS, an upgrade in 2015 is a wise decision.
Pros: 3D screen works better, is more enjoyable to use, Secondary analog pad offers richer control options, Upgraded processor does everything faster
Cons: Some games work differently on the last-gen 3DSes, Customizable plates only offered on the smaller New 3DS, Buying games and apps is still a chore
Conclusion: A time-tested game system design coupled with innovative, convincing 3D technology, makes the Nintendo 3DS a force to be reckoned with. It's not only the most advanced Nintendo DS yet, but a solid first in a new generation of handheld game systems.
Pros: 3D works surprisingly well. Bright, beautiful screen. Analog thumb pad is comfortable. Compatible with DS game titles.
Cons: 3D can be hit or miss; requires watching the screen at just the right angle. Mediocre battery life.
Summary: The 3DS is a slick and worthy successor to the DS, but I can’t faithfully recommend it right now on account of its weak battery life, poor selection of launch games, and hefty $250 price tag. Launching without a Super Mario game was a mistake (my eyes turn to the GameCube).