There’s no doubt the 3DS system had the gaming world by storm when announced. People were clamoring for news, updates, and images, and as more information leaked, more excitement bubbled. When it finally came time for the 3DS to be released, Nintendo suffered a less-than-expected sales outcome. Many believe this is likely due to the poor library of games which supported the launch of the system. Following this drop in sales numbers, Nintendo decided to opt for a drop in the price, a massive drop, in fact. The 3DS system went from $249.99 to $169.99 on August 12th, 2011. This drop made the 3DS cut far below the DSiXL, the previously newest system and still to this date most expensive handheld console for Nintendo. A cut of approximately $80.00 is a big chunk of loss for Nintendo, but since that time, the 3DS sales have picked up and done better, normalizing out on a steady sales line.
Titles such as MarioKart7 and Super Mario 3D Land have contributed extensively to this success, with earlier hits such as Ocarina of Time 3D and Star Fox 3D have helped dig it out of its slump. This point brings up for our consideration the first of many pros: The games of old we have enjoyed in the past are readily available for play on the go through the 3DS and each with noticeably enhanced graphics, many taking advantage of features like the gyroscope, camera, and joystick (which has been preferred to the control pad many times before this). Unfortunately many of the games are criticized for the same reasoning, that they are old games with a few new features and revamped graphics. Many also complain that the 3DS does not contain many adult titles and although this is true, it is important to remember Nintendo has always been a family company and not centered on the adult audience.
Such games as Resident Evil: Revelations may come in more interest to the hardcore gamer, whereas children can enjoy the more friendly games such as Super Mario 3D Land.
The 3DS is portable and contains very high-resolution graphics for its time, providing decent enjoyment for all. The battery life leaves a little to be desired, but if left plugged in the system usually has little problem running out of juice, not to mention there are a few workarounds for the problem such as buying Nyko’s battery pak, which extends the life of the 3DS considerably.
The gaming library is constantly expanding, the graphics are enjoyable and Nintendo is always adding small things to make play more enjoyable such as the ability to have a friends list and see what they are playing, wifi access and playability, an sd card slot for memory purposes, and cameras, not to mention the many applications a user can download and use at leisure like SwapNote, The Mii Channel, Internet Browser, The Nintendo Channel and the Nintendo eshop. Although the 3DS has had a rocky period of sales, it’s definitely worth looking into if a player wants to game in the world of 3D.