Fall in love with Nintendo 3DS 10 years late • Eurogamer.net
The 3DS apparently came out on my birthday in 2011. As I sat in a pub with a horribly sticky carpet and drank Strongbow with my friends, people in Japan were rushing, rather than running, to buy the Nintendo’s latest offer, which would reach the West about a month later. I had to find out, because just like the day it was released, the 3DS completely passed me, released at a time when my relationship to video games was as similar to my relationship to money and consumer products in general. – sometimes complicated, almost non-existent.
Fast forward 10 years later, where people tell me about video games every day, and suddenly not having 3DS seemed like a real oversight, not because of FOMO, but because people who know my tastes kept saying things like “You’re gonna love Ghost Trick” or “You really should play Fire Emblem Awakening”, and although I ignored them, fearing to spend even more of my money on games, these recommendations persisted, if only for how often they were repeated.
Eventually a friend lent me his 3DS, and it broke the dam – not so much because of the games but this cute little thing – a real handheld that even occasionally slips into a woman’s pants pocket. , and it’s fancy by design. I know the quotes about Nintendo’s philosophy being that of a toy maker first, the game company then is so worn out it has calluses, but I think I never really understood what that is. meant when not applied to an experimental product like Nintendo Labo or playing tennis with Wiimote.
There’s something inviting about 3DS, from the little jingle it plays when it turns it on, to the little shopping bag that greets you on the eshop, to unboxing your downloads as gifts. sounds, and the 3D effect on the top screen seems to exist just because it’s neat and a bit magical. My Switch Lite is quiet and sterile in comparison. This thing, on the other hand, has a metallic glow and is full of mischievous details.
Some of these were inherited from the DS, and here, too, Nintendo was thinking about touch and using it in-game. It reminded me of the late Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, who liked to talk about ways to make music. material a real pleasure to use, beyond questions of shape, button size, etc. Consoles don’t do that anymore – they want to be serious, towering skyscrapers in your home that look like alien artifacts, not cute little toys.
But being overwhelmed is a sudden and very real thing – the availability of a whole new library of games so much to take in when choosing a game of all things becomes a crippling task. It would be impossible to choose, if the friend who lent me his 3DS in the first place had not offered to let me browse his games. As anyone who’s trying to preserve video games or even just build a physical collection knows, buying a Nintendo console a decade behind schedule means always being ready to pull the plug.
While a refurbished console was fairly easy to get, I had to either spend large amounts of money on the eshop and then push all of my purchases to an SD card large enough to stay there, which thankfully nowadays is not the unreasonable part of this proposition, or I should be paying ridiculous prices for physical copies on ebay. So, strange as it sounds, I accepted that this console will probably never see a cartridge, which is unfortunate – even the click to slide a game is very satisfying, more solid than the small SDs for the Switch I have. live in constant fear of losing in a vacuum.
But while some games have been re-released for Switch, others, I think I should have done without them forever, if only because these games, while good, are not. perpetual bestsellers. I feel like I own a console now, having spent its “time” really made me understand the disappointment of people trying to keep games emotionally safe – I’m looking at my little 3DS with its sharp little screen, and while I’m following the dancing sprites in his games with my eyes I realize the remakes are cool, absolutely. But for some things the full experience, as it originally was, is great – no upgrades required.