Nintendo 3DS review (2014): a good reason to give 3D another shot
29 October 2014
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
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 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
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.
Excerpt: We’ve had our 3DS for a while now, we’ve spent some time with it, played all the games we could get hold of, and we’ve gotten to know Nintendo’s the 3D capable portable console. Is it a gimmick? Or a portable revolution? It’s somewhere in between. Read on for our full 3DS review.
Pros: 3D effect is wonderful, Powerful hardware, great looking games (for the most part), Lots of potential
Cons: Pricey at $250, 3D effect has limits and requirements, Poor battery life