As someone who’s carried their 3DS with them in in their pocket nearly every single time I’ve left the house since the day 3DS came out, those extra 6.6 millimeters tall and 8 millimeters wide on the New Nintendo 3DS have me cringing ever so slightly, cause in a world where I gotta carry keys, a wallet, and a smartphone, the original model Nintendo 3DS is freaking gigantic and every millimeter counts.
I’ll be honest, I like the device itself, but its timing, and its potential to divide the 3DS userbase over upgrades that don’t represent a proper “generational leap” concerns me.
And part of me feels like, if this New 3DS was the 3DS that was launched back in 2011, maybe it might have actually been worth its overinflated launch price of 250 dollars.
I’d just really like to know what exactly is the technical margin by which by which the New 3DS is capable of running games like Xenoblade Chornicles while the old 3DS is incapable of doing so.
Because based on what we’ve already seen the 3DS to be capable of, if its really THAT thin a performance gap between 3DS and New 3DS being able or unable to run Xenoblade, I’ve got to fault Nintendo for not giving 3DS better specs three years ago, because a lot of games and system features could have been better, and more ambitious and creative games could have been possible on 3DS
I mean, could the 3DS Pokémon games have ACTUALLY been in 3D and have 3D battle scenes that don’t drop to the framerate of a darn flipbook if the 3DS had these specs from the beginning?
So ultimately I like the New 3DS, I just question its viability as a device given the circumstances of its announcement, and wish Nintendo gave me the opportunity to get this system at Union Square Best Buy back in 2011.
I’m no longer at a time in my life where I can responsibly spend hundreds of dollars to replace a toy I already own that isn’t broken, for a mere marginal upgrade.
All this really does for me is make me interested in seeing what the true successor to Nintendo 3DS will be like.