Hello again guys. Hope you like my entertainment blog just as much as I am enjoying writing it! The topic is so broad, which means that blog entries can be really varied and informative.

 

Today it is all about the Nintendo 3DS. I have loved Nintendo since the mid-80s and I always keep an eye on what they are doing. With PlayStation and X-Box dominating the console market, Nintendo have taken a back seat these days. Instead they put much of their efforts into the handheld market, with their hugely successful 3DS.

 

History of the 3DS

 

The 3DS was announced five years ago as the successor to the DS (with its original release being in Japan in early 2011). It is called 3DS because it is able to display stereoscopic 3D effects without the user having to wear 3D shades. Pretty impressive stuff. It was very expensive in the beginning, around $250, and with the large price tag came an unexpected slow take-off. In response to this Nintendo slashed nearly $100 of the original price, and offered any user who bough it at full price a large number of free games. With the price reduction the Nintendo 3DS became very successful, with over 50 million being sold (up to October 2015).

 

The 3DS XL has recently been re-launched (see here) and with it comes extra controls and much faster processing power. It is of course more expensive (around $200) but considering the original was $50 more than that, I reckon the 3DS XL is a very deal indeed.

 

Spec Stuff

 

Inside the Nintendo 3DS you will find an ARM11 MPCore dual-core processor. The purpose of the chip being dual-core is so that one core can look after games and apps and the other core is solely responsible for the operating system, in order for the 3DS to be capable of multi-tasking. Inside there is also an ARM9 processor (single-core) so that the 3DS is able to play original DS games. RAM-wise it has 128MB which is split into two 64MB chips. Of the 128MB RAM there is 32MB that is inaccessible to games and is used only for the operating system. This enables smooth gameplay and background operating system tasks to be handled at the same time.

 

In terms of storage there is a 1GB Toshiba flash. This is mostly taken by the OS but the 3DS is able to take on extra storage using its SD card slot.

 

Not many people know that the 3DS actually has three cameras. There are two on the outside and one at the top that points at the user. The two outside cameras can take 3D photos and video. All three are 0.3MP.

 

The battery is quite impressive and I have played for nearly five hours on some games when I haven’t had brightness up too much and also had the volume at a respectable level. If you play older DS games then you can play for considerably longer. The new 3DS XL is said to have a better battery life and will play old DS games for up to ten hours. That’s impressive if it is true!

 

 

Games

 

There are now a lot of games available for the 3DS and a fair amount of very good games. My favourites include; The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D Land, 3D Streets of Rage, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Mario Kart 7, Super Street Fighter IV, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Resident Evil: Revelations, Tales of the Abyss, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, Rune Factory 4, Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy.

 

These are just my favourite games but I have played a lot more. The 3DS is very versatile and is a much better game playing device that the original DS. I am looking forward to playing some of the games that will be designed with the 3DS XL in mind, with its added performance. Some new titles for 2016 have made me very excited, and I thin I’m going to trade in my 3DS for a 3DS XL pretty soon.

 

Now that the 3DS is nearly five years old it is possible to get some very good deals, new and used. Check out this website for some very good second-hand deals if you would prefer to buy that way, or the original 3DS now brand new are not very expensive considering the range of games and the versatility of the machine. Do yourself a favour and go and get yourself a 3DS if you’re a fellow fan of gaming.