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When Nintendo busted onto the scene once again in 2011, boasting of never-before-seen glasses-free 3D and a technologically more powerful system, hopes were high for the company. Innovative new online capabilities, a slider pad, and a sleek new body were enough to sell consumers on the idea of the infant 3DS. However, a sky-high price of $250 and a lackluster launch lineup prevented the otherwise great hardware from reaching marketable success.
Fast-forward two years, one price cut, and one redesign later; Nintendo's hardware is leading the race once more, and the time to adopt couldn't be better. Here's why:
1. It's Refined
Last year's 3DS redesign changed the hardware for the better, eliminating the original model's sharp corners and overall-small aesthetic that proved difficult to use on graphically intensive 3D games. With a screen over 90% larger than its predecessor, the screen size is the main draw point to jumping on board.
The design, while of subjective opinion, just looks better with its subtle and understated matte finish. After two years, the Nintendo Eshop is standing on good ground, and the 3DS receives regular updates to improve the performance of the system.
2. It's Price is Fair
The original 3DS was almost immediately re-priced to $169.99, something like 6 months after launch due to it's incredible short-run failure. Since then, the price has warranted easy consciences, including the also-accessible $199.99 for the XL model. Bundles are also proving to be a great way to get your feet wet while staying cost effective.
Previously, most people would have scoffed at the idea of paying $250 for a handheld. But considering the established place of a now two-year-old console, a reduced price and a feeling of security knowing it's being fully supported by Nintendo is more than enough to pull some people over.
3. It's Ready
Since the initial launch lineup (which normally don't turn out well for most systems, anyway), it's had a little time to redeem itself from the initial disappointment that was the original slew of games. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Luigi's Mansion 2 are already enough to easily warrant a purchase.
Even at a relatively young point in its cycle, it's already seen some great releases. Nintendo is more than capable to pull the crowd around and show the world why they're the king of handhelds. One can either see the PS Vita, with a handful of fairly good games also available for PS3, or they can look at the 3DS which has some show-stopping games that are great for on-the-go sessions, or even short play times for those who don't have the same schedule to spare as they used to (myself included).
4. It's supported
Investment in the system only makes sense, as Nintendo has proven that they are willing to give their full support to the system. The recent Nintendo Direct conference proves this, even publicly stating that they are throwing their entire weight behind making it an even larger success. Throw in examples such as the recently-announced Westernized version of Bravely Default, and confidence should be nothing short of solid by now for those on edge.
As stated earlier, Ninty does update their systems, as they begin to grow up in the online-age. A recent update improved system load times and storage management, which is always a great thing to receive.
5. It Can Only Get Better
At the same recent Direct conference, Nintendo unveiled many mouthwatering new titles ready to come out for the handheld. Yoshi's Story 3DS is looking great, Donky Kong Country Returns 3D is in the works, Animal Crossing New Leaf is practically here, Mario Party 3DS looks promising, and it is the year of Luigi after all - Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will focus almost exclusively on the awkward brother. Can't leave out the super-exciting Link to the Past 2, which can't come soon enough.
E3 is is on its way, and even though the House-that-Mario-built may not be featuring a full show-stopping conference for huge surprises, we will be able to see extended cuts of some gameplay to hold us over. We could see some tie-in games to Wii U possibly, or even more titles from some more under-utilized IPs (I'd love to see an F-Zero).
Oh, and one more thing: Pokemon.
What more could you possibly need to motivate you?