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  • Can be difficult to get the 3D effect
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      18.08.2015 20:23
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      Great little handheld game device

      The Nintendo 3DS is the newest addition to the Nintendo hand held family of products which follows on from the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS lite. The Nintendo 3DS looks similar to its predecessors but is a little smaller and has a much more glossy metallic look to it and comes in a wide variety of bold colours.

      Inside the 3DS looks substantially different as it now has twonscreens instead of one, a screen on the top and a screen on the bottom where the buttons are? Each games utilises these screens differently depending on how the game works.

      The main selling point of the Nintendo 3DS is in the name, the only console (handheld or not) that has 3D screen capabilities without the need of any special equipment or glasses. What's great about the 3D option is that there ISNA "volume" button hat you can use to choose how harsh the 3 D is. The higher you have it the more the illusion, but can cause dizziness and headaches in some people, and the console itself recommends only playing in 30 minute slots in the 3D version.

      Another feature the console plays with is augmented reality. The console comes with a pack ofncards where you can try out this feature, sitting the card on a solid surface and watching animations come to life in your surroundings very interesting but not really utilised in any games.

      There are plenty of ga!es to choose from for adults and children, or the young at heart! And it is backwards compatible so older DS games can still be bought with the console.

      It also comes with a camera, but it is very very poor and I can't see anyone using it for anything except part of a game. There is also access to the internet, but again, very very slow. They really should have improved these features to really take advantage of having this console on the go!

      All in all a great innovative handheld console but could do with some improvements.

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      18.08.2015 12:58
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      Quite enjoyable and practical.

      I have had this console for 3 years, and although I haven't been a fan of gaming consoles these past years, I made an exception. The reason for this is because I wanted to try out the Pokemon games and also have something to play with while on the move. I travel often on bus, and for long times, so it's great to have something to keep me occupied.

      I got mine in color white, it's a nice pearly white which I love. It cost about 100 euros. The design is amazing, it's very sleek and shiny and feels very sturdy. It flips open, revealing a normal screen on the top part, and a touch screen on the bottom part. On the left side there is the standard cross button you use to move, as well as a soft circle button that you can also drag to move. On the right side there are the usual nintendo buttons. Of course there is the on/off button, home button, sound button, and 3D button. By dragging the 3D button up/down you can increase/decrease the 3D effect of your screen, you can completely remove it too if that's what you want. There is also a camera, which you can use to take normal photos or 3D photos. Lastly, we have the little slot on the back which you use to plug in your game card.

      I really like the way this is set up, the ambient music that plays in the main screen, and the soft sounds when you browse around. You can use the moving buttons to navigate, or a small touch tool on the touch screen, or even your finger. The menu is very easy to go through, as you get to move through a series of icons each representing a separate sub-menu. I had a nice time setting up my internet connection with this, the steps are very easy and simple.

      Now, the games! This console is worth the money because you can play games that are supported both by Nintendo DS and 3DS so it's a double win. Some 3D games were enjoyable while others were not so exciting for me. Gaming is smooth and relaxing, no bugs or lagging or anything.

      Overall I enjoy this console quite a lot, I do hope you guys give it a try sometime.

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      12.10.2014 14:00
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      • "sleek design"
      • "Great graphics"
      • " none glasses apply"
      • "True 3D"

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      • "Terminolgy is annoying and confusing"
      • "Can be difficult to get the 3D effect"
      • "Online features are poor"
      • "Games are really expensive"
      • "Battery life is poor"
      • "The 3D can cause headaches"

      The idea behind it is great, but it's let down by obvious issues

      The 3DS is the poorly marketed true successor to the Popular Nintendo DS console. Continuing to utilise two screens the 3DS features the ability to view 3D visuals without the use of glasses. The best way for me to describe the 3D effect is like looking down through a window. The 3D does pop out as much as it pops in. Its a great effect, but can be very taxing on the eyes.

      The 3DS has a similar shape to the DS lite in the fact that it is rounded, but the bulk and weight of the DS phat. The weight of the console feels great and it feels very well built. The 3D is activated via a slider which lets you turn the 3D off or pick a setting which changes the intensity of the 3D effect. The buttons all feel good, my one gripe is that the power button is in a position I associate with the start button. This might just be me, but it is annoying regardless.

      Battery life lasts about 3 hours which is pretty poor, but you can get more life out of it by turning the 3D effect off.

      A problem that plagues the 3DS is the price of the games for the system. Older games still retain a high price point. e.g. The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina of Time which is still £30 new. The game has been out for two years.

      The software on the 3DS is solid, but cumbersome to navigate. The online store is barely cheaper than buying the game from a store, there is no timer or indicator on how far through a download is, and Nintendo are still insistent on using the term "blocks" when referring to memory e.g. "you have 100 free blocks on your SD card" In a world where memory is referred to in almost every electrical product like an 8GB ipod touch, it seems strange that Nintendo would stick to this confusing terminology.

      Some of my gripes with the 3DS were fixed in a later model. The 3DS XL worked on the battery issue, but the problem is that the issues with game pricing and software effect the 3DS as a whole, not just from one model to another.

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      27.02.2014 15:42
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      Perfect for on the go gaming

      I bought this from John Lewis for £170, looking around the price doesn't vary that much to be of note.
      This comes in many different colours; black, white, grey, blue, red and pink and is incredibly stylish. It has a lightweight and compact design, making it perfect for carrying around and on the go gaming.
      There are 2 large screens for enhanced playing and has excellant controls, far superior to that of the nintendo 2DS, for those who are wondering why and if they should upgrade.
      The built in games are great and add value to the product.
      The 3D effect also doesn't work unless you sit incredibly still, which is impossible when you are mid game.
      My pet hate of any electrical item is poor battery life, and this device is no different. I normally get about 2 or 3 hours out of this, which is frustrating if you are mid game.

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        03.09.2013 15:35
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        Excellent purchase for the whole family

        My 8 year old Daughter asked for a 3DS for her birthday. After initially being a bit wary about if it would affect her eyesight, I found out the 3D option can be switched off.

        I opted for the Coral bundle which came complete with the 3DS console and charger, USB leads and a 3D Nintendogs game. This all came neatly and securely packaged. The device contains a lithium battery meaning there is no need to constantly replace batteries, just plug it in to the charger included and you're good to go, the battery life is good and has lasted us a good few hours on long car journeys.

        The console itself is very easy to navigate with the stylus pen included and the console control buttons. There are many options aside from just game playing, including, internet connection, taking photos with the in built camera and connecting to other DS devices to play alongside each other.

        My Daughter finds the 3D option is a little harsh on her eyes and so very rarely plays in this mode. She only owns the one 3D game that came with the bundle, but the console is also compatible with the earlier DS Games which are in 2D mode only. I tend to buy these second hand as find the 3D games expensive, especially as in my house they are not played with in that mode.

        The device seems pretty robust, it has accumulated a few scratches where my daughter has been a little heavy handed.

        There is also a volume control switch (thank goodness) or the option to plug in headphones into the jack socket.

        The graphics of the games are outstanding and very realistic.

        This is played with pretty much daily in my house and I would recommend this console to anyone from 7 year olds to adults!!

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          25.06.2013 15:39
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          Nintendo care about their customer's opinions and continue to provide us with great consoles.

          The Nintendo 3DS is one of the latest consoles from the Nintendo DS ranges, and having owned many different types of the DS; this is by far my favorite. The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld gaming system which allows you to play many different games in 3D. So is it really 3D?

          When I first got the Nintendo 3DS, (over a year ago) the 3D really did amaze me. Sure, it's not like when you go to watch 3D movies in the cinema where things pop out at so far that you feel as though you can touch it, but the 3D is something worth talking about. First of all, unlike the cinema, you do not need to wear any 3D glasses and you can turn the 3D down or off. This is very useful, as I know some people do have issues when it comes to watching things in 3D, some people get headaches, others just can't see it properly. This is why I recommend going to a local gaming store and trying out the 3DS, as some people just can't see the 3D properly due to their eye sight, take my mum for example, she can't see the 3D unless you turn it right down; and if you're like that, personally I don't think you should pay the extra money for a 3DS.

          The 3D itself is really different to anything i've ever experienced. Basically, the closer something is to the screen in-game, the further it seems to 'pop out'. Take the game Nintendogs for example; when you're in your room and your dog is lying down at the other end of it, the furniture will seem to slightly pop out, and give a realistic look. Then, if you call your dog over, it will come running towards you, and eventually it'll be up against the screen and will pop out a lot more than the furniture does. To be honest, I do believe it's all down to personal preference; some people will think the 3D is amazing and others just don't think it's all that worth it. That's why once again, I recommend you go and try it out for yourself before purchasing it.

          The 3DS comes with both a back and front facing camera, which do allow you to take '3D photos' , just like the in-game 3D quality. It also has a SD Card slot which is very useful for transferring photo's from your 3DS onto your computer or phone. This also allows you to save apps onto your card, to save memory.
          The 3DS comes with built in software such Mii creation and Streetpass. If you've ever used a Nintendo Wii, you will know that you can create avatars named Miis, which you can use in game; this is exactly the same concept with the Nintendo 3DS. You can use your Miis in certain games, and more importantly, in Streetpass. Streetpass is a feature which allows you to connect with other Nintendo 3DS users as you pass by them in the street, without having to do anything other than leave your 3DS on in your bag. This allows you to transfer information and play games with other users. I personally think this is a really great feature and I always have it on.

          The 3DS has a market place just like a lot of smart phones do. The shop allows you to purchase both games that you can buy in the highstreet as well as games that are only available online. These are downloaded to your device so that you do not need to carry game cards around with you; which I believe to be a very useful feature.

          There are a lot of games available for the 3DS, however not as many as what you can buy for other consoles such as Playstation or Xbox, yet this is mainly because the 3DS hasn't been out long. I personally own titles such as Nintendogs, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Super Mario which are all great games. Nintendo really pride themselves on the games they release, and I do believe that they care a lot more about their customers than other game companies do. Unlike other gaming consoles, you do not have to pay any fee for connecting online and playing with other people, the only thing you have to pay for is the games!

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          08.05.2013 19:13
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          Definitely a solid Nintendo product but as most comes with its flaws.

          I bought a Nintendo 3DS after my DS Lite broke down and I wanted to replace it. I was a bit apprehensive at first as I had heard a few bad things about it but it really doesn't disappoint. The graphics are near enough the same as the earlier DS Models, the 3D aside of course and it still keeps that Nintendo cartoon charm we all know and love. The 3D is really good on most games but you have to keep your head virtually In the same place while playing a game otherwise it can go blurry and you have to hold the DS at a distance to get the full effect, most of the time I turn the 3D off unless I'm playing a game where it really enhances the gameplay. A good feature which I didn't have with my DS Lite Is the home screen, if you've finished playing a game you can just hit the home button, take the cartridge out and replace it with another instead of having to turn the console off. The internet function is also really good and there are loads of old Nintendo classics to download, they can sometimes be a bit pricey but there are some bargains to be had. The camera quality isn't great and resembles that of a mobile phone camera and is a function I don't have much use for but imagine would be good for kids.

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            02.12.2012 21:47
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            Great for older kids, or adults looking for a bit of fun on the move.

            I was anticipating the release of this console for a while, and managed to trade mine and my partners DS lites in (and with my staff discount!) managed to get it pretty cheap! There is no way I would have paid out the going rate of about £219 when it first came out!

            In comparison to the DS Lite, the top screen (I think) is the same size as the touch screen, whereas in the older one the top screen was smaller. This helps a lot as you can see so much more! I don't believe young children should get them though, as the full 3D was a little too much on my eyes and made them ache, I'd hate to think of what it could do to a kids eyes!

            Luckily they have a 3D depth slider, so if full 3D is too much, you can slide it down a bit!

            You can also browse the internet, send messages and pictures, and take photos with the camera (inc 3D photos). The browser is fairly slow, so its probably more of a novelty thing really...

            Instead of just the cross joy pad on the left, they now have a round keypad which works more like a joystick. You have your L and R bumpers on the front, and a power button on the front. You get a nice metal stylus with it, but sadly they moved the stick to sit inside the top of the console, and not on the side, so I'm forever trying to find my bloomin stylus!

            That said, the battery life is amazing, and rarely have to charge it. I got the turquoise colour one, and it looks very funky! The games are a little too expensive still, I think once the price drops on them, more people will buy the console. Most DS games, brand new, cost around £20, and 3DS games cost around £32-£34.

            You can play normal DS games in it too, but sadly you cannot play 3DS games on a DS. You cannot use Gameboy advance games in them anymore, as they took that port out.

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            21.10.2012 14:43

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            Worth the money, especially if you can pick up a deal for the original 3DS.

            I got the 3DS recently in Cosmos Black. The unit itself is nice looking in a shiny silvery black. It is a bit of a fingerprint magnet, but then so are most gadgets these days.

            The console itself works well, and the operating system is a step up from the DS with an icon driven menu, and some nice touches which allow you to make handwritten notes or check on the web for hints etc while a game is paused.

            The 3D effect is fun, but on the downside you have to learn to keep the console held in the right position all the time and I often find my eyes getting tired and end up dialling down the 3D or switching it off all together.

            The e-shop is great for downloading new and old nintendo games although some of these are pricier than I am used to, having downloaded many cheap games for my phone.

            The real selling point here is the games themselves. I have found many games for the DS and now the 3DS which I would consider some of the best games I have ever played: Zelda - Ocarina of Time, 999, Proferssor Layton titles, and the Phoenix Wright back catalogue in particular.

            You don't need a 3DS to play some of the older games, you could stick with just a DS lite, but there are so many great titles just around the corner in time for Christmas which are 3DS only titles, I am very glad I bought one.

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            09.09.2012 10:05
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            Passable if gimmicky console, if you're a hardcore portable gamer, hang in there for the Vita.

            Facing stiff competition from Apple's myriad hardware, and more recently the Playstation Vita, the 3DS still holds quite a lot of critical sway when it comes to handheld gaming, being the only one on the market capable of showing good quality 3D imaging without the use of peripherals such as glasses or goggles. With its adjustable slider with which you can alter or even disable the 3D effects, it's definitely one of the most visually innovative handhelds on the market.

            Suitable for children and adults alike, there is a decent selection of 3DS games available, including several exclusive Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, Resident Evil and Sonic titles, as well as a great many original newcomers, particularly from third parties. It is also entirely back-compatible with the DS and DSi, which is a massive plus.

            It's surprisingly robust and difficult to damage, save a few scratches on the outer casing. The touchscreen itself however, (which is adequately sensitive) is well-protected against scratches and scuffs. It's also reasonably priced these days at little over £100, and boasts many impressive features like a 3D camera, browser access and a fairly good microphone.

            Nonetheless it is not without its flaws. Firstly, the 3D is extremely dependent upon the position of your head and adjustable as it is, the idea of having such sensitive hardware on a handheld device which gets moved around a lot during gameplay, seems a little redundant. It's also been known to give younger kids chronic headaches.

            The battery life, around 5 hours is reasonable, and not much shorter than the Vita, but it still has much less staying power than the old DS, not surprising, since it's more powerful. The screen is also practically impossible to see in bright sunlight. I've found mine next to no use when I've been on trains or buses, and for a handheld console, this is one heck of a flaw.

            It's also lacking in memory, less of an issue than the DS, but still really quite behind the times. It's about powerful enough to run Quake 1, if that's any benchmark, but even so, developers have been able to work some reasonably good-looking titles around the issue.

            It's not likely to go down in price anytime soon, but it's worth a buy if you're a Nintendo-head with dosh to burn.

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              21.08.2012 16:00

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              Great for people who need the latest thing but you buy this at your own peril

              The Nintendo DS is something that has replaced the gameboy well and has seen off the original PSP with ease. This newer contraption with a "supposed" 3D feature is almost completely unremarkable, it is basically the latest DS with an added gimmick that doesnt enhance the experience. The only time I have felt myself anjoying the use of the 3DS more than its predecessors was a mini game that comes as pre-installed software already on the device. The 3D isnt ready for this type of device; I have faith in the idea and maybe at a later date this will be a great feature for portable devices but alongside the 3D not adding much has to be the fact that prolonged use of the feature does start to hurt your eyes a bit and I am 21 and have perfect eyesight; if I cant use it then I struggle to see how older people or younger children can use this for any length of time. Although it has this issue it is still a great device with everything you would expect from Nintendo in terms of quality and style. If you want a DS and dont need to have the latest gadget then go for the last in the line of DS's as thats all this is when you get down to the nitty gritty.

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              10.06.2012 19:40
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              a fun handheld console that everyone can enjoy!

              I am a fan of the Nintendo DS and have owned just about all of them - upgrading everytime a new one comes out (except for the DSi XL, which I didnt see the point of). I used to spend alot of time on trains or buses so a DS was perfect for passing the time.

              When I first heard about the 3DS i was a bit sceptical of a handheld 3D console, and im not the biggest fan of 3D films or games anyway. However I was impressed by this - but that novelty soon wore off and I ended up leaving the 3D permantly switched off and just using it as a normal DS console.

              The Appearance...
              The 3DS is definitely the nicest looking of all the DS's, particularly now they have brought out a wider range of colours. Upon release it was only available in blue and black, but now you can get red, white and pink, with a purple one rumoured to be released soon. There is also a limited edition black and gold Zelda one, but as far as I know it was very limited and is now very hard to get hold of. It has a very sleek design with a high gloss finish so it looks a lot more 'modern' (for want of a better word) than the previous DS's which tended to look a bit cheap and plasticky.

              The 3D...
              This really was a revolutionary console as it has 3D capabilties which really do work. There were alot of complaints upon release about it giving people headaches and even nose bleeds. I would say that the 3D is not for everyone, especially people who wear glasses. I found that I could see the 3D fine, but some games use it better than others. When I say 3D i dont meant that characters and objects from the game jump out at you, but rather the games have a certain depth to them that made it appear 3D. As recommended by Nintendo, dont sit and play 3D games for hours as this would start to hurt your eyes and probably give you a horrible headache, as it strains your eyes. This doesnt meant that you can only play on your DS for half an hour at a time however, the 3DS has a slide bar on the side that allows you to alter the intensity of the 3D or turn it off altogether - you can still play your 3DS games, they just wont be in 3D.

              The cameras...
              The 3DS has three camera's in all. One on the inside above to top screen and two on the outside for taking 3D photos. I was too impressed with the 3D photo capabilities as they often turned out to be a bit blury and the quality of the camera isnt that great. If you want a decent camera however then buy a digital camera - as this isnt what the 3DS is designed for - its just an added extra feature.

              Backward Compatibility...
              The 3DS can play all your old DS games as well as the new 3DS releases, so if you decide to upgrade you can still keep all your old games. You can also download most of the old Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games from the Nintendo store straight to your 3DS - which you couldnt do for any of the older models.

              So to summarise...
              The 3DS really is a great console for all ages, there is such a wide range of games available from Professor Layton to Super Mario. It is comfortable to hold and has loads of extra features to keep you interested. As I said earlier, the 3D aspect is revolutionary but I very rarely use it, prefering to play my games in the usual 2D. I would recommend this console to anyone who enjoys old nintendo classics such as Super Mario, Kirby or Zelda, and for those puzzle game fans out there for games such as Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright. Or for anyone who does alot of commuting or travelling on public transport - this definitely makes the journeys more bearable!

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                19.05.2012 16:55
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                The 3ds is amazing system that is affordable.

                I bought a 3ds a year ago and i simply love it so much. I bought the Zelda Ocarina of Time game first. It has been a while since i have played that game so it was very good. The 3d looked amazing and it was really fun. The system itself comes built in with apps like Face Raiders and Mii Maker. Nintendo also introduced "play coins" that you get after taking 100 steps. The 3ds has a built in pedometer to keep track of your play coins. You can get 10 a day that can be spent on in game content. When the system came out, the amount of games was low but the wait was worth it. Lots of new games are coming out now which are saving the system from death. Thankfully, the 3d can be turned off. If you look at it too long it can really hurt your eyes. The system comes with Wifi and a 2 gigabyte sd card for pictures and the like. The controls are good and easy to use, thanks to the control stick which is on the left side of the system. The other buttons are very similar to the ds lite, so upgraders will have a good time with it. The games i currently have are Ace Combat, Super Mario 3d Land and Ocarina of Time 3D. I love all of these games and the 3d makes them look very very good. The battery life is impressive, allowing you to play for a few hours. The amount of games is still low, but many more are waiting to come out. The screens are bright, crisp, clear and very high resoulution. The camera is not that great but can be used for artisitic effects. This is an amazing system which is extremely cheap and worth the money.

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                  pretty nifty

                  when i heard that Nintendo were bringing out their very first 3D gaming console i said "no way are they doing that!" i thought to myself that surely a handheld gaming device with a 3D capability surly they cant of done that already since it was only about 6 months ago that they had brought out the DsXL, so as soon as i got home that night i rushed upstairs onto my laptop and searched for this unique new and innovative console and sure enough there it was NINTENDO- due to bring out first ever handheld 3d console, and i will tell you the truth i was absolutely gobsmacked especially when i saw the price how much were they charging for this surly it would be about 500 pounds? no? 400? no? Its how much!! that right Nintendo were only charging 200 pounds for the new and unique product, so of course i had to go out a buy one and so here's the verdict.

                  A week into buying the 3ds i started to find it a bit tiresome i could only play on it for a certain amount of time otherwise i would get bad migraines and then of course there was the fact that it had just been released so therefore there was only about 4 3d games currently released for this console and while these games were out there and could be show in 3d unfortunately any other 2d games could not be played on the console in 3d so in my eyes it was just like any other ds apart from it had the capability to play some 3d mini games and for about the first 4 months of the release there wasn't even an app store for this console so you couldn't even download extra mini games to play and because of it being brand new not many people had it so the street pass functions on the console were pretty rubbish and therefore the console started to get used less and less until eventually it just sat there gathering dust in the corner of the room. So what happened later....

                  eventually about 8 months down the line i decided i would take it away on holiday with me when i did this the experience of this console had completely changed the street pass functions were now working much much better and the store was now open so i could download some more 3d mini games. i also went into game and some other game shops while i was away and found to my delight that there was now about 16 3d games out and even more due to be released and on top of all this extra accessories and that sort of stuff for the console was now out and i loved it....

                  since then i have never put it down and also after a little while 2-3 weeks the headaches started to stop and i really started to use it i took it everywhere and used it constantly for taking photos and storing images on here. this console turned out to be a really good spend and if you go to the shops today you will get amazing graphics in 3d mini games front and back camera with editing software a music player and other applications to download onto the device and all this will cost you roughly £140.00 (price taken from Tesco website)

                  so all in all it turned out to be a good purchase however there are and will be much much better handheld gaming consoles out there to use and hopefully Nintendo will find a way like they always do to improve their product so everyone can make the most out of it. Out of ten i would give this a rating of 7 out of ten.

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                  In short the 3DS is a fantastic portable, the best in my opinion, and it's only just got started.

                  The Nintendo 3DS is the latest handheld from Nintendo, a company that has ruled the hand held market for over two decades. From the Gameboy to the DS they have sold millions of hand helds and for good reason. The 3DS looks to continue the trend, offering fantastic graphics for a portable and the highly coveted "no glasses 3D" The console itself is easy to use, after all this is Nintendo, the same company who with the Wii brought console gaming to the masses. I've had the 3DS since launch and enjoyed many of hours of gaming with titles like, Super Mario 3D Land, MarioKart 7, Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3d and most currently Resident Evil Revelations. Also I should mention the e-shop for titles like Pushmo and Dillons Roling Western. With a line up like that I just can't reccommend the 3DS enough.

                  It's comfortable to hold and I really can't fault the brilliant screen quality. The battery life however could be better. I have to charge my 3ds every day, but that's not really a major problem! It would also be better with 2 analogue sticks instead of just the one it has. Overall, I would definitely recommend the 3ds if you are looking for a handheld console.

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