My New Nintendo 3DS

My New Nintendo 3DS

I was ten years old when the original Gameboy came out and over forty when I finally got one of my own. Why the long wait and why get it now?

Before I start I should preface that this isn’t the first handheld gaming device (excluding a mobile phone) that I’ve owned. I did have a PlayStation Portable for a hot minute way back in the day until I took it back to the store so I could make rent for the month (I regret nothing).

As a teen, I always perceived the GameBoy and the next-gen DS family as interesting but never enough to pursue getting one despite deeply loving the NES. In a way I associated them as more appropriate for those a few years younger than me. I should note that at the time the PlayStation Revolution was in full swing so all attention had shifted to Sony instead. In my twenties I actually gave up gaming altogether after my second PlayStation One bit the dust. I didn’t touch a controller of any kind until the super fun Wii came along, and only sparingly then. My thirties were much more of the same, and it wasn’t until the last few years that gaming has become relevant for me again.

Because of retro gaming and the nostalgia that comes with it, I’ve been forced to admit my affection for all things Nintendo and my regret for missing so much. With the news about its 30th anniversary last year I really started toying with the idea of getting a late edition 3DS but not enough to pull the trigger. I did decide to get my oldest son the juvenile 2DS version so he’d have something to play on (although his take on it has been tepid at best) and I saw how cool one could be. Hopefully when I he learns to read better he’ll be jamming on it more. But up to the point for me? Nothing.

Then the Switch happened.

With the advent of the Nintendo Switch it’s become obvious that the 3DS is going away, despite Nintendo’s initial denials. I decided that if I wanted a new one, and not a dinged up used one, I should pull the trigger immediately.

Getting into the 3DS now has produced some advantages. First off, finding curated lists of the best games to play are easy to find and a huge time saver. Next, the second hand market for games, especially on E-Bay and at local second hand stores, makes building a library very affordable. I rarely pay more than $10 for a game (I get them cheap because I don’t care about the case, so a loose one is fine with me). Lastly, the Virtual Console hasn’t been shut down on the platform like it has on the Wii so you can get retro games to download still.

So far the cartridges I’ve played are Zelda – Ocarina of Time, Metroid: Samus Retruns, and Mario Kart 7. They have all three been really fun games to play. I’ve also been playing NES classics, most notably Castlevania and Kirby’s Big Adventure. I’ve also been all over Mario, having now played probably every iteration on it that there’s been available to me. I have at least another dozen great titles to play so there’s no shortage of fun in store.

One day we’ll get the Switch and we’ll play more on it. But for now, it’s all 3DS baby.

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