The old Nintendo 3DS had tons of promise and it failed to deliver on most of them. Other than the much publicized rumor that the auto-stereoscopic screen projecting the 3D images would damage the eyes of the gamer, there were many technical drawbacks of the console. The 3D experience was half baked as any head movements and change in viewing angles clearly disrupted the 3D effect. That led the company to launch a 2DS which also did not find many takers. With the new Nintendo 3DS, the company attempts to change things and by the way it has fared in Japan, Australia and New Zealand, it appears that Nintendo has got it right this time.
The new Nintendo 3DS looks better than the preceding version. But beyond the looks or the changeable faceplates, there is the 3D experience that has been bettered. Now, the 3D images would not be disrupted at different viewing angles or when one moves his head. There is a front camera that detects head movements and accordingly syncs the 3D viewing.
There are some upgrades in the basic hardware and settings. For instance, there is an additional analogue stick which appears to be as rigid and unfriendly as the old mouse pointers in laptops but the nub is actually very easy to use. This also does away with the Circle Pad Pro attachments and other accessories.
The new Nintendo 3DS has a faster processor. It starts up faster than any other Nintendo handheld console around. The user interface is more responsive. The connectivity is faster when you hook up with eShop and download games.
The plethora of games available on Nintendo 3DS would please many although the lack of exclusive games may be a bummer. The existing Nintendo games are a much more enjoyable experience on the new Nintendo 3DS. If some games were sluggish with the old 3DS, then that is not a concern anymore.
The new Nintendo 3DS library is stocked up with games. You get the likes of Super Mario 3D Land, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Kart 7, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D among others.
The battery life of up to six hours is possibly a deterrent and one would have expected the company to deliver more juice in the otherwise state of the art handheld console.