Apart from the horrible name (naming has never been Nintendos strong suit), the new model adds some solid features like face-tracking 3D, an extra analogue stick for camera controls, support for amiibo figures (Nintendos take on the Skylanders concept) and a stronger CPU for shorter load times. The announcement also served to lower the prices of existing 3DS models – both in retail and on the second-hand market.
Whether you take the plunge for a New Nintendo 3DS, or opt for the older models which are now incredibly affordable, there’s never been a better time to get in on the Nintendo 3DS.
Earlier this week, I received my original, small Nintendo 3DS in ”Flame Red”, along with two titles: Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2. I got it used for 500 Swedish kronor, which converts to just below 60 USD. It was so cheap that I was worried I was being scammed, but two days after I transferred the money, it arrived at my doorstep. I’ve paid more for single games on the Xbox 360.
The Nintendo 3DS was off to a rough start. Due to lower than expected sales, Nintendo lowered the price of the console by almost one-third just a couple of months after it was released. It was the deepest and swiftest price cut in the company’s history, and Nintendo had to initiate an ”ambassador program” to make good with the people who bought it at the original price. The early adopters got ten ambassador-exclusive downloadable Game Boy Advance titles for their troubles. The price cut was the kick in the butt the 3DS needed to start moving units. Now, the Nintendo 3DS has an install base of over 50 million and a very healthy software library.
As is always the case with Nintendo, most of the must-have software on the system is developed by Nintendo themselves. Even so, with four years having passed, there’s a lot of that software out there: