The 3DS always felt like a hit and miss for a lot of us. There was this great idea to see so many of Nintendo's titles in beautiful 3D. There was more room, faster processing power and a generally more beautiful display. Sadly though, its main selling point, the actual 3D, was nauseating.
You had to ensure that you fixed your gaze on one singular point on the screen. The joy of relaxing on the couch, or lying in bed with the handheld console was taken from us with the 3D aspect of these new games. You had to ensure you didn't move and were perfectly comfortable and even then it was tough. So naturally, I had a similar engagement with everyone else that used it. I left it off.
New 3DS XL & LL Review
But then Nintendo announces, out of nowhere really, the arrival of a New 3DS. And it's called...the New 3DS . Okay...original. But then, that's what this device feels like. Original. In that, this is what I expected from the 3DS when I first purchased it, and was surprisingly disappointed.
The 3D feature on my DS became just like my Wii console, unused. I missed what all of the great games that have come out on the console looked like over the years. And now with my new chrome blue coloured 3DS XL, I'm revisiting the 3DS as a handheld console and I'm not regretting a second of it.
Upon setting up your new 3DS, there are a number of differences you can notice. For one thing, it feels a lot nicer to hold. There's something about the balance, weight and size of this new device that is far more comfortable when compared with its predecessor. On top of that, a lot of the 3DS' features have shifted around.
The volume button for instance is no longer right next to your hand. So many times I'd pull a manoeuvre in Mario Kart and the sound would go right down with it. Now it's placed where it should have been all those years ago, away from our active hands. The insert slot for the games is also away from our hands. Though it was a rarer occurrence, my fingers would actually push the DS game in on the back of the 3DS, thus closing the software. Frustrating. But gone are those days.
We also have two additional shoulder buttons, micro SD support, built in Wi-Fi functionality (another annoying button problem solved), new processors, higher performance and also a new analog stick (C-Stick). It kinda works like the old analog stick that laptops used to have, in that its pretty damn stiff. Though I thought it was a cool introduction, I don't find myself using it at all in The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask. It's the one aspect of the New 3DS I don't get, it's in an awkward position and I don't feel comfortable with it like I do with all of the other new features.
But with all of these features, there's one area that it has transformed, the games. The biggest selling point of the New Nintendo 3DS (aside from its exclusives) is its vastly improved 3D functionality. With facial recognition software operating in the new 3DS, that moment of blurry 3D is gone in seconds. You'll have to set it up at the start of turning on your device, and after a minute of doing so, you'll never have another problem. If you shift around while playing the game the facial recognition will kick in and find you in a second.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D & Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
Let's take a look at the best game out for the 3DS at the moment, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. What I consider to be the best Zelda game to date, is finally on a new console. Majora's Mask now glistens on the new Nintendo 3DS. In fact, everything does. 3D works really well with Nintendo's titles, and now that I have the opportunity to enjoy it, its made a great difference with regards to designating time to playing on the 3DS.
This should have been the original, I can't stress that more. The New 3DS is the DS I've always wanted to have, and it has allowed me to look back through a great library of titles and check out their looks with 3D. One such game that looks fantastic on the New 3DS is the upcoming
The colours on the New 3DS are far more vibrant, particularly in Majora's case, but though we can't say too much about Xenoblade Chronicles 3d on the New 3DS, we can say that it is stunning. The game feels perfectly at home on the 3DS XL, with the game already pushing its new processors to the max! I mean, it's 8 GB, huge for this DS.
You may need to get your hands on an SD card to play it if there's anything else on your system, but be sure that it's worth it. It's a delight as a fan of the Wii game to return to it and experience it on my long commute to the office. But be sure to check back with us for the full review of Xenoblade Chronicles on its release date!
I found myself on the fence when it came to the New 3DS. It started off with its terrible name and lack of what I thought where new features. But its been a joy to paly its titles for the last few weeks, because unlike my PS4 and XBOX One , I have years of great games that I can re-experience again anew.
Majora's Mask 3D is a masterpiece that feels great on this new console and Xenoblade Chronicles has given me nothing to complain about so far. Though people may still give a grown man strange looks when playing a 3DS on a train, I can't regret anytime I've spent with the New Nintendo 3DS and its great exclusives.