Welcome back to the Nintendo 3DS thread! This is the thread for general 3DS discussion. To keep the conversation from getting too busy, try to look for other threads before posting about something in here. For example, the eShop Thread
is a good place to talk about Nintendo digital store. Big game releases like Mario Kart or Zelda also tend to have their own threads. There's no hard rule against discussing those games in here, but this is a nice place to talk about smaller titles that would be unable to sustain their own threads, and obviously those larger games can easily crowd everyone else out. Finally, don't be discouraged from making game-specific threads if you feel it warrants attention. This is sort of a catch-all thread.
Welcome to the Nintendo 3DS thread!
Holy crap, a wild 3DS appeared! Nintendo has announced the 3DS XL, which is basically a bigger 3DS with a larger screen to help people with meaty hands, bad eyesight, or both. There are no other bells and whistles, but a Circle Pad Pro attachment will be specifically made for this beast.
Games, Games, Games!
Great 3DS games that you should totally own (in no particular order):
Super Mario 3D Land
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
Super Street Fighter 4 3D
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Star Fox 64 3D
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
Mario Kart 7
Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Resident Evil Revelations
Tales of the Abyss
Kid Icarus Uprising
Upcoming games to look out for in 2012:
IGN report on amazing 3DS games coming down the pipe.
Kingdom Hearts 3D
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Luigi's Mansion 2
Mario Tennis 3DS
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
Animal Crossing 3DS
Paper Mario 3DS
Fire Emblem 3DS
Monster Hunter Tri-G
Monster Hunter 4
New Super Mario Bros. 2
eShop, Virtual Console, DSi, and Club Nintendo games
The Nintendo eShop
Plenty of games, movies, and apps to be found here. Download Virtual Console and DSi games, movies trailers, demos, or try out some new 3D remakes of classic games.
Download Full Games!
With the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2, Nintendo will be finally stepping into THE FUTURE and offering their "full" retail games as digital downloads. Just slap in an SD card, and you're good to go. Death to the cartridge!
Great eShop games that you should totally own (in no particular order):
Twin Bee (3D Classics)
Mighty Switch Force (3dsWare)
Zen Pinball (3dsWare)
Mutant Mudds (3dsWare)
Kid Icarus (3D Classics)
Sakura Samurai (3dsWare)
Virtual Console games
You can download older games on the 3DS. Classic portable systems such as the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, and the TurboGrafx-16. In addition, NES games recently became available to early adapters of the 3DS as a payback for paying the $250 launch price tag. For a complete list of games available, click on this link
Great VC games that you should totally own (in no particular order):
Super Mario Land (GB)
Donkey Kong (GB)
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB)
Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC)
Blaster Master: Enemy Below (GBC)
Older DSi games are also available for download on the 3DS as well. There are plenty to choose from and, to make everyone's life easier, our own UncleSporky has created a list of some of the best games to get. Here
is a site that reviews DSiware games.The only site I know of that reviews every DSiware game
Great DSi games that you should totally own (in no particular order):
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure
Shantae: Risky's Revenge (amazing platformer)
Art Style: AQUITE/AQUIA (puzzle game with a neat aesthetic)
Art Style: PiCTOBiTS (pixel puzzle game)
Dark Void Zero (old school platformer)
X-Scape (first person space shooter thing)
Cave Story (another amazing platformer)
Dr. Mario Express (classic puzzle game)
Puzzle Challenge Express (classic puzzle game)
Photo Dojo (simple but hilarious 2 player fighting game)
Rayman (classic 2D platformer)
Mighty Flip Champs! (platform puzzler)
Alphabounce (long, extensive brick-breaking RPG)
Soul of Darkness (quality Castlevania knockoff)
Inchworm Animation (full featured animation studio)
Zenonia (great Zelda-style RPG)
Ivy the Kiwi? Mini (weird little platform puzzler)
Mighty Milky Way (gravity-based puzzler from the Shantae people)
Dragon Quest Wars (tiny strategy game)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (great puzzler)
Castle of Magic (action platformer)
Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ (just...what)
Chronos Twins (interesting dual screen mechanic action game)
Plants vs. Zombies (duh)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (if you haven't played it yet)
Viking Invasion (tower defense)
Gaia's Moon (side scroller action)
Free games via Club Nintendo:
Nintendo is now allowing players to buy download games for their Wii, DSi, and 3DS via the Club Nintendo website. All first party games, and some third party titles, offer codes that you can enter on the official Nintendo website. Fill out a survey and earn coins (and an additional follow-up survey for extra coins). The coins can buy a variety of posters, cases, and various neat stuff. But the games are where it's at. Every month, Nintendo is offering up four games to download. Here's the current list:
Art Academy: First Semester - 3DS (150 coins)
Mario Party 2 - Wii (150 coins)
Nintendo Video: A free download app that randomly adds short 3D movies to watch. Blue Man Group, College Humor, and Dreamworks have all contributed.
SwapNote: A free download app that allows you to send notes, pics, and sound clips to friends via Street Pass or Spot Pass.
Netflix: Link your account to your 3DS to watch (2d) movies on the small screen.
Hulu Plus: Just like Netflix, link your account to watch TV shows on the go.
3D movie recording: Record up to 10 minutes of 3D footage and upload it to youtube.
Game demos: Download demos of upcoming 3DS releases.
System Transfer: Transfer information from an existing DS, DSi, or 3DS to a 3DS. Great for when the inevitable redesign hits the scene.
A full list of additional built-in software can be found on Nintendo's 3DS site
Other final things to do as a 3DS owner:
Connect with fellow PA people
Sir Ultimos has created a friend code matching system for us to easily connect with each other. Check it out: Sir Ultimos web site and friend code matcher
Extend that battery life
The 3DS does have a less then optimal battery life, but Nyko has released a battery pack to great reviews. See for yourself if you're interested:
And yes, that Nyko battery review on Joystiq really got me excited:
'll stop with the suspense: does the Power Pak + work? Pretty much! Here are the results of my experiment.
3D on, brightness maximum, wireless on:
Nyko Power Pak +: 5:33
3DS battery: 2:52
3D off, brightness at minimum, Power-Saving on, wireless off:
Nyko Power Pak +: 9:04*
3DS battery: 4:40
*only tested once, because it took nine hours
Plus it doesn't look nearly as bulky as people were saying: