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I just got a 3DS XL because Amazon so kindly agreed to extend their $170 sale to the pink model for me when I asked. Maou summoned me, so here I am! Let's talk about stuff. OK, so eShop things. [QUOTE][b]Pushmo (eShop only)[/b][/QUOTE] Yes. Very yes. I still haven't played Crashmo, but Pushmo was the most fun I've had with a new puzzle-type game in a pretty long time. Tons to do, easy to learn, great use of 3D! Also: cute as heck. Doesn't hurt. For Picross fans, the [b]Picross e[/b] series is worth checking out. $6 or so a pop, there's 3 of em now, decent amount of puzzles and each one has a unique set of gimmick puzzles. You can also get Mario's Picross for the original GB on Virtual Console, which I highly recommend as well. I don't remember its control being so lousy on the original GB though, it's odd - it actually drops inputs sometimes. Thought it was my 3DS at first. Speaking of Virtual Console, there's some neat stuff on there now. Recca showed up! There's not that many Game Gear games but the presentation on the ones that are there puts the GB/GBC stuff to shame. Game speed modes, screen size and border color customization, [i][b]BUTTON CONFIG ON VIRTUAL CONSOLE (!!)[/b][/i], even optional screen blur for a more GG-accurate experience. Really great stuff. If you've never played the GG Shinobi, get to that. [b]SteamWorld Dig[/b] is a fantastic take on the whole "Metroidvania" (ugh) 2D exploration genre. Came out of nowhere for me, couldn't put it down til I finished it. Then I played it again. Good times. Also, last time I checked [b]Tetris Axis[/b] was really cheap on the eShop... I think I paid $10, and it has Bombliss, so I'm pretty happy. I'm also really happy with the 3DS version of [b]Cave Story[/b], which is probably the ten billionth version of it I've purchased, but if you're gonna play it on the original 3DS model you're gonna need pretty good eyesight. More on that later. For cart stuff, obviously [b]Pokemon X/Y[/b] are real big now, and for good reason- I've picked up a couple of Pokemon releases in the last 6 years or so and immediately dropped 'em every time because nothing felt different to me. Certainly not the case now! The world is bright and charming, the music is nice, and the pokemon are... weird. Really weird. But they look great in 3D! Has some cool online features. Having fun with it, definitely recommend checking it out. [b]Animal Crossing[/b] is, well, Animal Crossing. If you like AC you're gonna love it but I think a lot of people have gotten bored and dropped off... or maybe that's just me. I know Lords of Shadow isn't too popular among our CV fans here, and I don't blame 'em for that, but I really did enjoy [b]Mirror of Fate[/b]. Don't go in expecting Igavania and you might enjoy it too. The demo is an extremely poor representation of what the actual game has to offer and I think that hurt it a lot. [b]Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate[/b] was my best friend when I had a 40+ minute commute by train every morning, but ultimately the lack of online multiplayer unless you own a Wii U hurts it pretty bad. If you have local friends who hunt that isn't a problem but eventually you want more. Hopefully MH4 will be announced for the US soon. Oh, and if people tell you you need the circle pad pro to enjoy this they're lying to you. The touchscreen camera control is adequate for small enemies and if you're not using the target camera on large monsters then you're probably doing everything wrong! Not missing the claw here. Don't buy [b]Theatrhythm[/b]. Not because it isn't a good game- I love it, and if you've ever been an FF fan I think you will too, minus those horrible video stages. But the sequel's coming and if talk that it has every song from the original AND the DLC included, well, uh... yeah, you want that one. To touch on some stuff other people said... [QUOTE]One game which I did not include up there and is exclusive to 3DS is [URL=http://residentevil.wikia.com/Resident_Evil:_The_Mercenaries_3D]Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D[/URL], which got released early in the 3DS life and received pretty harsh reviews (it's only the usual mercenary mode singled out as its own game) but has actually grown a little community of devoted fans. If you think of it as an arcade/score attack game in the setting of the Resident Evil series...[/QUOTE] Yeah! This was another commute buddy for a long time. It's kinda rough around the edges but if you've liked the Mercenaries modes in previous RE releases and you want something good to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, well, this is it. Would be an ideal thing to scoop up on the eShop so you don't need to change carts every time you want to play. [QUOTE] [b]Kid Icarus Uprising[/b] This is the game the definitely put the 3DS on the map, but perhaps it will be considered one of Masahiro Sakurai's best work to date. Fun, creative pacing and levels, a unique weapon crafting system, a well balanced and fun multiplayer game mechanic, and just simply put, surprises. This was the game that came out of the blue that nobody expected to be a surprise hit, but unlike The Wonderful 101, at least it had a bit marketing prowess behind it. The controls will take a bit of personalization to get used too (prepare to tweak the sensitivity and the deadzones), but one you overcome that initial hurdle, the game will become a blast to master.[/QUOTE] Also yes! The bellyaching about the control scared me off for a while, but when I finally played it I didn't quite understand where it came from- game plays great to me, the multiplayer is awesome too. Seriously one of the most exciting new titles Nintendo's put out in a long time, and the 3D effect is fantastic. I'd consider it a must for all 3DS players. OK, let's get down to the serious stuff. [QUOTE]3DS vs 3DSXL/LL I'm adding this to the discussion because it's an issue for me. I own both a 3DS and an XL and I prefer the normal 3DS because it displays at its native resolution. Most people would tell you that the XL looks "even better" (somehow) and that there is no loss in graphic fidelity. I am extremely sensitive about this issue and while I don't expect anyone else to be, I wish that someone with my level of sensitivity had told me this all the same. In terms of construction, I feel that there are ups and downs to both systems and while I don't by any means recommend against an XL (which most people prefer), you still might want to take a look at both of them. Normal 3DS systems are cheaper, too.[/QUOTE] This has been a major point of contention and something I was extremely worried about. I'm a picky bitch about resolution and will whine endlessly about this stuff. When I saw the DSi XL I was revolted. Thankfully with the 3DS XL it's not that bad. With 2D elements you'll absolutely notice, no two ways about it. Whether it'll bother you or not is certainly a case-by-case thing and I agree that you should look at both before you decide on which you want. For me, it was a no-brainer. I bought my 3DS at launch, loved it, but I always wanted a system with bigger screens, better stylus placement and a better feel in the hands. I have fairly small hands for a dude. I tend to dislike the massive phones that are popular now and I couldn't purchase an original Xbox til the S controller was out, haha. Even still, the 3DS cramped my hands up - especially on games that use the triggers. Getting an extended battery helped improve the grip some, but not enough. The 3DS XL is much more comfortable for me. The screens are much better than I expected, but Polly's not wrong- there is a difference and for some people it'll be too much to handle. For me the tradeoff is worth it. Also, if you care about the 3D effect at all, I find it to be somewhat better on XL- probably just the screen size making it seem more dramatic? I don't know. Something important to take into account as well? Battery life. The original 3DS has shit battery life. If you play with decent screen brightness you're gonna have to charge that thing nightly. MAYBE every two days if you never turn 3D on, but probably not. If I spent the night out it'd die in my bag by the morning. The 3DS XL battery life is much, much better stock- you won't need to charge it quite as aggressively, but it's still not what I want. If you have an original 3DS I recommend the Nyko PowerPak+ battery without reservation. Days of use on a single charge. Actually improves the feel of the system in the hand. A little bulkier but it still fits fine in the Hori clamshell cases. For the XL... this is a problem. There appears to still only be one extended battery, the Mugen battery... which is $100. The PowerPak+ ranges between $15 and $20. Also the Mugen battery makes the already large 3DS XL look absolutely massive. I think I'll pass. Thankfully the XL and the regular 3DS use the same charger so all the ones I nicked from the used electronics store I used to work at are good to go! I think that's everything. No, there's probably more. I'll be back.
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