After the messy and confused messaging of the Wii U and the perhaps even more confusing 2DS, it has now gone and named its latest 3DS the New Nintendo 3DS. There are two different models, a standard New 3DS and the New 3DS XL. Oddly, the smaller version is only launched in Europe. The US on the other hand only got the XL variant, nonetheless Nintendo has announced that it’ll bring the smaller version on September.
The New 3DS means Nintendo should continue to hold its own for a while longer. With more power, extra controls and a reason to turn that 3D slider back up again, Nintendo’s latest handheld is a welcome refresh that, in spite of some minor niggles is definitely worth the upgrade.
Nintendo has long been boss of the handheld market, but the fact it continues to be so successful in a market now dominated by smartphones is, quite frankly, very impressive. Switching up the design is not the only reason for changing the face-plates on the New 3DS, both the battery and MicroSD card lie beneath.
The fact you need a screwdriver to change an SD card in 2015 is, in eyes, a design flaw, specially when you consider how quickly those cards fill up.
The 3D effect of Nintendo’s handheld is more than a gimmick, and Nintendo has not done much of late to prove otherwise. Pokemon X and Y, two of the biggest games to hit the 3DS, ignored the specialty for the most part. The 2DS speaks for itself.
Nintendo’s made one other preparation for the future, NFC, and this one is going to get a lot of use. The New 3DS comes with NFC built in, ready for Nintendo’s army of Amiibo figurines. By placing an Amiibo on the bottom screen of the 3DS the two will interact by allowing you to level up your character, gain some bonus items, and more.
The New 3DS makes a number of small amendments, but put together they make for a console that is unquestionably worth the upgrade, especially as a number of future games will be incompatible with the older model.