Nintendo 3DS: The Year in Review

OK, Nintendo. I was skeptical about the 3DS when I first heard but then came E3 2010 and the 3DS might have blew me away. And let’s be honest. The 3DS had a very rough start with a hefty $250 price tag, none of its better features available at start, poor battery life, lackluster launch titles, and some games being remakes/rereleases/ports of older titles.

 Seriously, I bought my 3DS within the launch week and the only game I had until June was Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, and other games I played I rented through GameFly. Although I did find Dead or Alive Dimensions a rather solid fighter, even for myself who has never played a game in that series. I’m actually considering buying that game.

But starting with June it started to find it bearings. With the launch of eShop brought a multitude of downloadable games and content. And during that time a load of upcoming games was announced at their E3 presentation like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Paper Mario and much to everyone’s surprise, a new Super Smash Bros.

And even with all the new games and features, it still was barely worth the $250. Nintendo still had to deal with less than stellar sales. So how does Nintendo fix that issue? By cutting $80 off the price and awarding the people that already bought the system before the price cut 20 free downloadable titles.

Around that time, Nintendo also announced a second Circle Pad add-on alongside with Monster Hunter Tri G, and during a Japan event, even revealed a new Fire Emblem and Monster Hunter 4.

And despite the unfortunate cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, it seems as though Capcom is backing up the 3DS 100% with quality games, which I can’t say the same for some other publishers. *cough*Ubisoft*cough*

And with 2012 right around the corner, it’s bringing us games like Kid Icarus: Uprising, Resident Evil Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Tales of the Abyss and an original Legend of Zelda title which has yet to be unveiled. With all that, the next year looks good for the 3DS.

One thought on “Nintendo 3DS: The Year in Review

  1. retrosportsgamer

    Definitely a rally in the second half of the year by Nintendo. The price point is much more bearable now and that’s considering most come with Super Mario 3D Land bundled (for just $179 no less). I jumped in during one of Target’s many sales on the system for the holiday season but part of me wonders when they’ll re-do the system (ala the DS) and produce one with the second analog pad and a better battery.


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