Nintendo 3DS: Five Reasons It Beat The Original DS Launch
If you think 3DS has problems, flash back to 2004.
Nintendo's 3DS has been available for almost a week, and we've had plenty of time to enjoy its different features and games. We've also read several negative articles panning the handheld for a variety of reasons, some of which appeared on this website.
Hey, fair enough. It's important to approach a new piece of tech from multiple angles. That said, we've grown to love 3DS and see a ton of potential moving forward, as you'll see in this Most Anticipated Games feature.
On that note, if you're still on the fence about Nintendo's newest device, rest assured that it's much better than the lackluster DS launch from 2004. In fact, we have five reasons why 3DS is in a better position.
It looks so much cooler than the original DS
It's hard to imagine Nintendo thinking the first DS was attractive. Seriously, look at the thing. Not only is it bulky, but the screen resolution also left a lot to be desired. On top of that, Nintendo tried to be slick with an included thumb pad that was supposed to function as an analog stick.
Now check out the 3DS. Although it's a bit thicker than DSi, it still retains the sexy shape. In addition, the handheld sports an attractive glossy finish, a superior d-pad, the well-received circle pad and a much larger screen on top. Nintendo will improve upon the design, but when compared to original DS, 3DS is the new hotness.
3DS has a superior launch lineup
The first DS had Super Mario 64, arguably the greatest video game of all time. The rest of the launch games, unfortunately, didn't hold our collective interest long. There was Asphalt Urban GT (clearly, some things never change), Madden NFL 2005, Ping Pals, Sprung, Spider-Man 2, The Urbz: Sims in the City, Feel the Magic (fun, but not for long) and Tiger Woods, among others. Not exactly a bunch of triple A titles.
3DS, by contrast, has the games we want to play. We'll gladly trade the aforementioned lineup for Pilotwings Resort, Nintendogs + Cats, Steel Diver (much better than reported), Ridge Racer 3D, Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition. Even some of the lesser games, like Samurai Warriors: Chronicles and Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, offer several hours of enjoyment.
Yes, 3DS doesn't have Mario, but so what? He's on the way.
3DS achieved greater sales
Although we don't have official numbers, Nintendo says 3DS is the publisher's best selling handheld day one, beating Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and finally, the DS. Yup, the same DS that launched alongside Super Mario 64.
3DS is a much better value
We still think charging consumers $249.99 for a portable system is a bit much, but when compared to DS, you get more out of the box. You can't compare Picto Chat (DS' chat room software) to Face Raiders, AR Games, a built-in pedometer, Mii Maker and three cameras. No contest.
A brighter, albeit unknown, future
The DS eventually blossomed into the greatest handheld system of all time, but it took a while to achieve this lofty praise. Actually, the system didn't explode until Nintendo released the first Brain Age, which didn't hit U.S. shores until 2006.
Now look at 3DS. Before the year's over, you'll see Dead or Alive Dimensions, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D. There's also the possibility of Kid Icarus: Uprising and a new Mario themed game (Mario Kart, Paper Mario) debuting in time for the holidays. That's a phenomenal lineup for a new system that'll be around for years to come.