Wednesday, April 25, 2018

While some games are still (slowly) making their way onto the platform, the 3DS’s best days are certainly behind it. With Nintendo announcing at a Nintendo Direct that Square Enix will be porting The World Ends With You, the floodgates have begun to open. There are nearly limitless possibilities of 3DS games to be ported over the the Switch, and as such, gives consumers even less of a reason to go out and spend money on games with last generation’s hardware.

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Raheem The Dream April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Seriously, I truly don’t want The New 3DS XL to DIE, right now! Because, eventually I’ll be buying Samus Edition- or Pikachu Edition-! Here’s what happened:

NEG April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Sadly World Ends With You is a very poor example for the point the video is trying to make, it was a game that made big use of the DS’ capabilities (2 screens, mic, stylus and so on). That’s one of the reasons the mobile port (iOS/Android) reviewed badly in comparison, which the Switch port will be based on. You take out what’s unique.
Outside of that, it depends on the game. A lot of DS/3DS games can’t be ported because the Switch screen is not the same kind as DS/3DS/Wii U was. Yes, you can use your fingers, but that’s a big difference compared to the precision the type of screens those systems provided. Nintendo would need to software engineer from the OS level and release an optional pen (like the Apple Pencil) to reach some kind of resemblance to the kind of gaming DS provides.
But for games that didn’t make much use of all these mcguffins which is the case for a fair number of those popular RPG’s, yes, they certainly could be ported, someday. For me the current version of the Switch just isn’t portable enough yet, so the 3DS is sticking with me for a while yet. Longer term, I’ll admit I’d rather Nintendo continue with the DS line in some fashion, not only out of love, but because again, we really will be losing a unique way to play with a crazy large library, and I doubt clone systems (for when our DS’s bite the dust) is due anytime soon. Hopefully not in 20 years like current retro systems (and even they don’t get it right most of the time, sigh)

GamerNation April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Your face is scary.

Spencer Tamburello April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm


Six1Eye Gaming April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Be pretty cool if nintendo ports 3ds games to switch. If Nintendo online service offer free game monthly then we can expert some 3ds games too. If tho, am not sure what nintendo plans for online service maybe.

Rori April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

you trow shit to the 3ds and nintendo isnt saying that , wii u was a fail for them , 3ds no.

spectrumbots42 April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Careful, diehard 3DS fans are gonna attack you! In all seriousness, I was planning to get a 3DS, but honestly the Switch looks way more interesting. Personally, the DS, & PSP are much better systems than 3DS, & Vita.

Scott April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Are you going to Smash talking new 3ds? I hope not, oh those screams from the 3ds ringing out in my nightmares! I don’t think I can handle it SmashJt!

Lasse Flick April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

2 fps hype

Kimberly B. April 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

…If you wanted to get REALLY technical, a system is only “dead” when the gamer who owns the system sells it/stops using it. Case in point, I STILL play games on my GCN, so for me, the GCN is not a “dead” console.

Yes, I get this video addresses the “death” of the 3DS in terms of new releases, marketability, and pubic perception, but really and truly, games and systems can live on as long as you want. Again, maybe not on a “community” level, but who the hell cares about the community (I don’t) when it’s MY time and MY money? I mean, just look at the popularity of retro gaming, how people have tripped over themselves twice trying to snag a Classic NES. There’s a market for older games. And to me, it’s easier (and more cost effective) to simply plug in and play the older consoles I have, as to purchasing the same thing thirty times (which you yourself said you’d like to avoid) in the form of ports and remakes and edition bundles.

I’d also like to say, that “waiting” for a game port to the Switch only really applies in this instance to games you haven’t ALREADY bought for the 3DS. Older games (i.e. Zelda, Mario, Animal Crossing, and so on) that will very likely get ported to the Switch are still games you’ll be buying in multiples if you intend to keep your Nintendo library on a single device, because most of us have a pretty extensive 3DS library. And many of those games, I imagine, are games sitting in a backlog we’ve barely even touched. So even if the 3DS is “dead,” you’ll be doing yourself a huge disservice to cast it aside with twelve unopened games collecting dust, just to purchase the EXACT same game AGAIN on the Nintendo Switch. Which, of course, is going to cost you $$$.

That being said, the 3DS is clearly NOT the heavy-hitter it once was. Is it “dead?” Don’t know. I never underestimate the innovative powers of Nintendo. But whatever the mass opinion and whatever direction Nintendo takes, my 3DS will still be seeing a LOT of use in the coming months/years, as all the beloved consoles of yesteryear do in my home.

EDIT: Fixed a typo.

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