USgamer Community Question: Are You Still Playing Your Nintendo 3DS?

Do you show your 3DS some love from time to time, or did you leave it out in the rain and never look back once you got your Switch?

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The Nintendo Switch is coming up on the first anniversary of its release, and we've all been happy to share our joyous stories about taking so many great games on the go. But even as we celebrate, we seem to have forgotten about our once-stalwart companion, the Nintendo 3DS.

Your Nintendo 3DS remembers the good times. Do you, though? Do you still show the hardy little handheld some love from time to time, or does it haunt your dreams, gaunt, pale, and with tears brimming in its eyes?

Mike Williams Editor

No, not in the least. My dark secret is a rarely go back. I don't rewatch old television shows and movies, unless I'm showing them to someone else, because frankly, there's so much new, good stuff out there that I never have time for that. Likewise, with games and game systems, I generally don't go in for a replay, except in the case that I've played a game at a review event or debug systems, so I want the acknowledgement on my personal systems.

If it's not this generation of consoles, I've already packed it up. The Wii U went into storage pretty quickly and the 3DS followed shortly after. The Switch is now my Nintendo system. My travel bag companions used to be my 3DS and Vita, but now I have the Switch (a hefty extra battery) and the Vita. Soon, I'll probably be done with the Vita altogether: I need Danganronpa on Switch Spike Chunsoft!

Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to.

Nadia Oxford Staff Writer

N-not really. I've been going pretty hard on the Switch since its debut. That doesn't mean I won't go back to the 3DS at some point, mind you. If nothing else, I have an excellent collection of games I like to re-visit from time to time parked on my system, e.g. Link's Awakening. Here's the thing, though: I haven't done any major travelling in a little while, and I'm still a bit hesitant to bring my Switch on the road (especially if I'm travelling alone, since my husband might need the Switch while I'm gone). I have a big trip coming up soon, and I've little doubt it'll be my 3DS accompanying me, not my Switch. Ahh. It'll be nice to StreetPass again.

Caty McCarthy Staff Writer

I mean, kinda? I've been playing a lot of Style Savvy: Styling Star these last few weeks, which came out on Christmas Day. Other than that though, I haven't been playing my Nintendo 3DS. Whenever I last used it, I even left it off my charger, letting it collect dust and die alone quietly, with only the constant flash of its annoying red light to keep it company.

With the release of a new Style Savvy though, it's like a Batman beacon lit up the sky for me, calling me back home to my Nintendo 3DS. As the only platform that I've bought multiple times just because (from launch edition to XL to the New Nintendo 3DS with those nifty changeable cover plates), I feel bad about neglecting it now. But there's not really much else on the horizon for it, I really think 2017 was the last hurrah for it with Samus Returns and a few other games. It's time to lay the 3DS to rest, upcoming Detective Pikachu be damned.

Matt Kim News Editor

The last game I played on my 3DS was Metroid: Samus Returns, so I guess my answer is a tepid, "not really."

Honestly, I was pretty dismissive of the idea that the Switch could replace the 3DS. Sure, the Switch can play graphically-intense games, but the 3DS has its own charms that makes it pretty distinct from the Switch. And no, I'm not talking about the 3D.

Sadly, the Switch proved to be just too good and now I rarely even look at my 3DS if I need some portable goodness from Nintendo.

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  • Avatar for hiptanaka #1 hiptanaka A month ago
    I’m still working my way through Samus Returns, but that’s pretty much it.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #2 link6616 A month ago
    My 3DSs have a lot of life left in them.

    I've just started EOV, and I've still got all the megaten games to get through. My 3DS will be a solid companion for years to come like my original DS was.

    Although, most of my 3DS backlog came from being too busy with the vita backlog. And people say that had no games...
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  • Avatar for themblan #3 themblan A month ago
    No. I stopped playing after getting stuck in M:SR.
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  • Avatar for mganai #4 mganai A month ago
    Yes. As long as there isn't a smaller Switch, the 3DS still has a place in my pocket.
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  • Avatar for The-Fool #5 The-Fool A month ago
    I have a huge library of 3DS games, a lot of which sit unplayed... I'm sure I will, someday, but I just don't play games at all much anymore.

    Well, unless those games are Splatoon 2 or Overwatch.
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  • Avatar for TernBird #6 TernBird A month ago
    I have no doubt in my mind that if and when I get a Switch, I won't have a reason to keep my 3DS around... but until then? I'm still working through the Zelda Oracle games on my 3DS. I've got a pile of indies I'm looking through. I have a bunch of DS games I want to finish on my 3DS. Really, I've got nothing but reasons to keep using it.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #7 VotesForCows A month ago
    I only got a 3DS late last year. Liked it a lot, but sold it in December so I could buy a bicycle for my daughter for Christmas. A shame, but worth it!
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  • Avatar for Granbar #8 Granbar A month ago
  • Avatar for kazriko #9 kazriko A month ago

    If you add up all the hours between 3DS and DS games last year, the 3DSXL was my 3rd most played console. It trailed a lot behind the PS4 and PSVita, but it was more than double the playtime of my Switch, which only managed 6th place on my list. PS3 was 4th, Wii U was 5th (Because of Zelda: BOTW on Wii U.) It's not unusual for me to not play a brand new console as much as the others, because usually they have a much thinner library of games, and aside from Super Mario Odyssey, Picross S, and Cave Story+, none of the games have grabbed me much.

    This year so far, it's Wii U, PS4, Switch, Linux, 3DS, Vita, PS2. The middle 4 consoles are all within a couple hours of each other, so the rankings don't amount to much. I'll probably play an hour on the 3DS tonight and push it all the way to 3rd place on the list. Playing 5 hours of PS4 today pushed it from 6th up to 2nd place, and it will probably reclaim the #1 slot before the end of the month because I'm working on Tokyo Xanadu eX+.
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  • Avatar for kazriko #10 kazriko A month ago
    Also, forgot to mention that I've preordered Alliance Alive for the 3DS, and will have a brand new game to play in just a couple months.

    As for most of the USGamer staff not playing the 3DS anymore, that's understandable, reviewers are usually looking forward and playing new games for their job, rather than working through a huge backlog of games like I do. The 3DS still has about 34 games on my backlog, with an estimated 1083 hours of playtime, so it'll be a long time before I clear them all out.

    I don't replay games much either, but there's still a lot unfinished.

    (Don't get me started on my 300+ game Vita backlog... -_- )
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  • Avatar for discohospital #11 discohospital A month ago
    Presentist bias is a bizarre, alien thing to my mind. Strictly limiting, austere, fatalistic.

    And anyway, the 3DS isn't even a thing of the past yet! Alliance Alive, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux are all right on the horizon. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting.Edited last month by discohospital
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  • Avatar for Minkukel #12 Minkukel A month ago
    Not a lot (though I'm playing Pokémon Blue on it atm), but that hasn't really got anything to do with it being 'replaced' by the Switch per se. It's more that I only really play older systems if I have a game in progress on it. Similarly, other random systems like the Dreamcast or Gamecube are currently patiently sitting on a shelve as well.

    I'm always playing a combination of new games and old games, but because those old games are spread out over a dozen systems whereas 'new games' means either PC or Switch, it's only natural.
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  • Avatar for jimgamer #13 jimgamer A month ago
    I pick up my 3DS on occasion, with the 2DSXL form factor a nice draw for revisiting my DS library (it’s just easier to hold) and Samus Returns is still in progress. The Samus edition 3DS was where my digital stuff was transferred too, so that’s almost an investment I feel duty-bound to use every other week. Plus, it is gorgeous. Sega 3D Classics and the SNES VC are the main draws there to be honest. Let’s face it though, the Switch, while a bit large, and sans d-pad, is the ultimate handheld for indies and console quality titles. The 3DS and to a lesser extent the Vita are a big step down in overall experience (screen, speed, OS, graphic quality) so the shiny new thing gets the love. Having said all that, I’m still firing up the Shield Portable for some more Half-Life 2. No FPS on a handheld comes close to that experience. Here’s hoping the The Orange Box gets a port (we know NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 is up to the challenge)
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  • Avatar for bobbywatson #14 bobbywatson A month ago
    I'm usually a person who plays one, maybe two games at the same time, and right now what I'm playing is on my PC, so every single other system, current or not, is not getting much use. I often dig into the backlog though (I don't buy a lot of games anymore, and I still haven't bought a Switch), and I have plenty of 3DS titles in there, so I am certainly not ready to get rid of the system just yet.

    I still fire it up from time to time for a quick quest in Monster Hunter Generations, but with MHW right on the corner, that's not going to be the case much longer. I might get back to my intermittent DQVII playthrough once I'm done with the game I'm currently playing (Valkyria Chronicles 3 in emulation).
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  • Avatar for Gamer-Law #15 Gamer-Law A month ago
    My 3DS is going to be a go to console for me throughout 2018. As others have noted on US Gamer, the desire to bury and eulogize a console simply because a purported successor has come along is a logic that escapes me.

    In February, I have every intention of playing through Radiant Historia again. It is, without question, one of my favorite games of all time and each play through has always felt like a first. Amazing characters, soundtrack, combat system and story. RH is a top tier RPG in every sense.

    The Alliance Alive (releasing on 3DS on March) is one of the titles I am most looking forward to this year. Like Jeremy Parish, I really enjoyed Legend Of Legacy and Alliance Alive looks to be a continued development of that formula (with more story and additional characters). I have been waiting a long time for Alliance Alive to make its way west and I even imported the soundtrack from Japan a few months ago (it is terrific and I highly recommend it to everyone).

    None of this is to say that I do not enjoy my Switch. Quite the opposite. I simply elect to enjoy great games on whatever console they release on and I have no intention of storing my 3DS consoles any time soon.Edited 2 times. Last edited last month by Gamer-Law
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  • Avatar for superberg #16 superberg A month ago
    Very rarely. I'm just waiting for Nintendo to release some virtual console titles before I consider dropping the New 3DS entirely.

    Truth be told, the Switch is still lacking a number of features I expected it to have by now: the aforementioned Virtual Console, more streaming services, a method for backing up or transferring user data...
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  • Avatar for moochan #17 moochan A month ago
    Samus Returns was the last game I played. And while I want to enjoy all those Atlus games (Etrian Odyssey 5, Strange Journey redux, and Radiant Historia remake) I feel they all are coming out way too late for someone that moved on to the Switch. Based on sale numbers people are still just jumping on to the 3DS so luckily they are both great old games and new games coming out. But for someone that had it since a year in I just can't really bring myself to keep it around. Sadly Switch also took over my Vita as which I have been enjoying along side the 3DS.
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  • Avatar for himuradrew #18 himuradrew A month ago
    As of now the Switch has already replaced the Vita and the 3DS. My Vita is already in the hands of my brother who’s now living in HK as an expat so I probably wont get to see it until Christmas 2018. The 3DS is now in storage, I didn’t get EOV as I felt pretty burnt out with the series and I’ve already beaten Metroid.

    The 3DS will probably stay there... at least until remake of SMT Strange Journey comes out ;)
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  • Avatar for ghostsandgoblins #19 ghostsandgoblins A month ago
    I’ve only owned my 3DS for about 2.5 years and it’s my only gaming system outside of my phone/tablet. I just audited my playtime last night, and I’ve played about 1400 hours, and completed 15 games. I have a bunch more games on the system, and at least a dozen or so titles still to buy. I plan on playing it thorough 2018 at the least, with an eye towards a Switch in 2019. I could see myself holding out until there is a handheld only or other new iteration. I’m also curious to see if Sony or Microsoft start exploring the handheld+ space.Edited last month by ghostsandgoblins
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  • Avatar for TheWildCard #20 TheWildCard A month ago
    Don't have a Switch (and don't plan to until the 3DS and Vita are well and truly dead) and it still has a couple games on the horizon I'm interested (Alliance Alive and Strange Journey Redux), I can't say I've picked it up too often anymore. Despite having built up a pretty solid library of games I just rather use my Vita most of the time. Never been a 3DS fan from a hardware standpoint.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #21 Roto13 A month ago
    I still take my 3DS with me when I go out because it's much more portable than my Switch. I still have games I haven't played for it.

    Where else am I going to play handheld games? (Not home console games that happen to be running in handheld mode. There's a difference.)Edited last month by Roto13
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #22 cldmstrsn A month ago
    Oh ya. I traded in my old 3DS XL for the new 2DS XL and im loving it. It just sits on my night stand cause its my bedtime console. I am going through Fire Emblem birthright at the moment.
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  • Avatar for CipherStone #23 CipherStone A month ago
    Now that I'm done with Metroid: Samus Returns and Dragon Quest 8, it would take a LOT to get me to come back.

    I'm not opposed to playing more 3DS, I love it, I've played more 3DS over the years than any other console available in the same timeframe. But I'm happy for the Switch to replace it as my portable companion.
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  • Avatar for LunarFlame17 #24 LunarFlame17 A month ago
    I’ve definitely played my Switch a lot more than my 3DS lately, but I have no intention of ever retiring my 3DS for good. I have been playing a little Kirby Triple Deluxe lately, even though I’m mostly focusing on Skyrim on the Switch. But I love replaying games, and there are too many good games on the 3DS for me to ever kick it to the curb entirely.
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #25 Godots17thCup A month ago
    I imagine my loyal old 3DS will be keeping me company for a good while longer; I still have plenty of 3DS games that I have either never finished or never started, and I've never been the type inclined to permanently "retire" my older consoles (unless the new console has full backward compatibility) or their libraries anyway. Like, dang, my PS3 will remain hooked up for the foreseeable future and I'm even planning to dig out my PS2 later this year and replay at least a couple of old favorites.

    As for what I've been playing on 3DS lately, Metroid: Samus Returns has been my primary gaming focus for the last week, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Zero Time Dilemma (along with replays of the first two Zero Escape games) kept me busy for a good chunk of the fall, I still play New Leaf from time to time and I'm planning to play through Dragon Quest VIII sometime in the near future.

    I love my Switch, but its size and battery life don't quite make it the replacement I'd want in a dedicated handheld. Where it shines for me is its flexibility at home, where I have the convenience playing it anywhere else in the house, whether that's on my TV or, in most cases, while I'm lying in my bed or relaxing on the couch.Edited 2 times. Last edited last month by Godots17thCup
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #26 Wellman2nd A month ago
    I have a 3DS back catalog... that bring said I still haven't played it in months. I need to go back, finish Metroid Samus Returns, Dragon Quest 7, SMT 4 Apocalypse, Stella Glow, etc. That being said I am still mostly playing Xenoblade 2 right now.
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  • Avatar for ReptilianSamurai #27 ReptilianSamurai A month ago
    The 3DS is a better portable for one huge reason: it fits in my pocket, and the clamshell design keeps it protected without the need for a bulky case.

    Also it has streetpass, download play (for games like Mario kart 7), and the dual screen mechanics are perfect for games like Etrian Odyssey. I even liked the 3d in certain games.

    I've also got a massive backlog of games I haven't finished or even started on 3ds, and I'm sure I'll be playing that system for many years, maybe even decades if it doesn't die.Edited 2 times. Last edited last month by ReptilianSamurai
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  • Avatar for nimzy #28 nimzy A month ago
    Of course I still play it. All the games I own for it take a significant amount of time to complete. It took me the better part of a year's commutes to get anywhere in Fire Emblem: Awakening for instance. Pokemon X is the next game on the list and I anticipate it will be another year before I even think about the next one after that (Bravely Second).
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  • Avatar for Hoolo #29 Hoolo A month ago
    Oh, definitely. I've still got a bunch of 3DS games in my backlog, such as Etrian V and the Untold games. There's still a bunch of games I'm looking forward this year, mostly just Radiant Historia and The Alliance Alive, but I'm also looking forward to the still-unannounced final 3DS Etrian game (already confirmed to not be Untold 3, I am sad). And then there's the games I keep in rotation for when I'm listening to podcasts and have nothing better to do, like the Legend of Legacy and Pokémon Link Battle (Trozei), where I, as a madman, am still trying to get all Pokémon in the game to like me (as indicated by the heart symbol). I'm up to about 180 Mons now, so I've only got about 560 left to go @_@

    Other than that, I'll be revisiting it when I'm in the mood for some Theatrhythm (getting a perfect on Event Music Stages is some BS, let me tell you) or when I finally start playing Fire Emblem somewhere down the line. Or when I go at Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon again.

    Suffice to say, the 3DS still has a lot of life left in my eyes. But then again, I don't have a Switch yet, so I can spend time with the thing and not feel too bad... for now.Edited last month by Hoolo
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #30 chaoticBeat A month ago
    My 3DS has turned into a Metroid shrine. I got the Samus-themed 3DS and transferred my ambassador thingy so that I have Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Super Metroid and Metroid: Samus Returns all lined up on it.

    I am going to get Strange Journey Redux, it's one of my most favorite SMT games. I might get Radiant Historia too (seems to have a lot of passionate fans on USG).
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #31 chaoticBeat A month ago
    @VotesForCows I can tell you are a great dad by how much pride you have!
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  • Avatar for BulkSlash #32 BulkSlash A month ago
    I actually gave GG Columns on the Virtual Console a brief blast the other day, but I haven’t really used my 3DS since beating Samus Returns last year. Short of some new Virtual Console games or new Sega 3D Classics I don’t think I’ll be using it much again other than to play some more Tetris DS on it.
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  • Avatar for funktron #33 funktron A month ago
    I don't use mine as much as I used to, but its still a good system. I recently started going through the post-game content of DQ7, and I still have to beat the latest Metroid, and I only ever played Link Between Worlds once despite loving it, and so on. That said, my Switch is much shinier, and hunting all the moons in Mario Odyssey is very very tempting.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #34 Jonnyboy407 A month ago
    Occasionally. Still got a few RPGs to finish this year
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  • Avatar for One_Vurfed_Gwrx #35 One_Vurfed_Gwrx A month ago
    I still have a big backlog on 3DS, with Atlus stuff, DQ VII and the Fire Emblems to finish so not going to be finished with it this year. As others have mentioned I am also interested in the 3 confirmed Atlus releases (and the unannounced Etrian). I haven't even bothered with a Switch yet as I have a WiiU so the only must have for me for now is Xenoblade 2. Maybe when Shin Megami Tensei V hits I will have to get one but for now it can wait as it is overpriced (particularly peripherals) and we may het an improved version by the time I get one.
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  • Avatar for Shadowlich #36 Shadowlich A month ago
    Yes. Still playing eterian odyssey 5. And with a few new RPGs in the pipeline,I will probably be playing it sporadically throughout the year
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  • Avatar for Daikaiju #37 Daikaiju A month ago
    Yes. Still working through Mii-topia, plus addressing my backlog with Okami-Den
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #38 VotesForCows A month ago
    @chaoticBeat thanks - I'm managing to fumble through it so far...
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #39 SargeSmash A month ago
    Yes, because I've still got a nice, big backlog on the system. Granted, I haven't played a lot the last few months, but it's also because I have been distracted by the Switch, PS4, and an inordinate amount of retro gaming. I mean, I just finally gave in and bought a PC Engine Duo!

    But the biggest game still on my list to beat is Dragon Quest VII. I'm about halfway through, I believe; I'm not sure because I know it's a bit quicker than the PSX game, which took me over 93 hours to finish back in the day.Edited last month by SargeSmash
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  • The 3DS XL used to be my system of choice until my wife bought me a New 2DS XL for Christmas. I haven’t had a home console since the PS2 since I use my PC for that type of gaming. But even then I still use my 2DS XL more. I will play it during lunch at work or in bed just before sleeping. Even when i’m home I can just lounge on the couch. It’s incredibly convenient because of its on the go nature and easy sleep mode.

    Sure I can get a Switch, but there’s still a ton of games I have yet to play on the 3DS. Right now I am wrapping up Ocarina of Time. But I still play Pocket Card Jockey, Donkey Kong Game Boy, and Rhythm Heaven for quick sessions. And I picked up Dragon Quest 7 and 8 on deals. Those will take me awhile. Not to mention both Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice are downloaded and waiting for me to play them. I am going to get Earthbound since I have a coupon and play it on my portable despite already putting an hour into it on the SNES Mini.

    I am a very active and on the go person so I appreciate having the 3DS still. I don’t go for the newest thing immediately and wait till sales on almost all games I buy whether they are on 3DS or Steam. And I also my wife is always there to keep me in check regarding how many games I buy but don’t end up playing. :) I’ll be using my 2DS XL for awhile.
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  • Avatar for Flipsider99 #41 Flipsider99 A month ago
    I sure am! Almost finished with Etrian Odyssey Milennial Girl, which is a great game. And I have a few more games to get to.
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  • @SargeSmash I remember getting Dragon Warrior 7 On PSX day one and logged over a hundred hours on the game and I STILL didn’t beat it before I lost my memory card. I think I spend a lot of time gaining skills.

    I have DQVII now and i’m glad it’s quicker as you and others say. I would like to finally beat the game.
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  • Avatar for Thetick #43 Thetick A month ago
    I has the original small screen one, but haven’t really touched it since the battery died after it got wet. Now it sits next to my vita as a part of my gaming history.
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  • Avatar for Ralek #44 Ralek A month ago
    I did not intentionally abandon my 3DS, as there are still games on it, I have not yet played (or finished) and that I still want to play (and finish). Still, since I got my Switch last year, I did not play my 3DS even once. That is just how it is. I was too busy with the games released on the Switch, and I feel that the Switch is a superior system in about every regard. I had an 3DSXL, so 'pocket gaming' was never really an option anyways, and besides that 'issue' of size, the Switch is just all-around superior - that is a fact.

    I have to point out though, that I did barely use my X1 or PS4 as well since I got my Switch. I basically moved from BoTW to FE:Warriors to Xenoblade, plus some indies like Golf Story on the side, which easily added up to almost like 400h or so of playtime. Which is ... alot and only possible for me on a portable system like that. Still, this simply did not leave much time for any other gaming.

    Hell, I didn't even have to to play SM Odyssey or Splatoon. I'd also really wanted to dive deep into Horizon, Persona 5 and Nier:Automata, but somehow that never really happened either.

    It's kinda odd, but while I do look forward to the next Nintendo annoucements, I almost dread them as well. 2018 will probably be more relaxed than 2017, but adding in my backlog just on the Switch (currently working through MxRxCom), it'll be another year, where I am to busy to pick-up my 3DS at all. I mean, even if the Switch is not going to use exclusively my Switch, I'm determined to go through Nier, P5 and Horizon (in that order on PS4).

    So ... yeah, I'm probably going to go back to the 3DS for some more FE at some point, but other than that, it's already more of nostalgia object for me than anything else (unless FE Switch is closer than we suspect). Anyways, that is okay for me. I still have my DS around, although I have not used it in ages, but whenever I see it, I fondly remember games like Contact, and I get all warm and fuzzy inside.

    In that regard bringing TWEWY feels like an attempt to purge my memory of the NDS, if I'm honest. If those nostalgic feelins based on games get transfered from the NDS to the Switch on a large scale ... kind of like character assassination, if you think about it.
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  • Avatar for cd86 #45 cd86 A month ago
    Still play it all the time. Got SMT IV Apocalypse for Christmas and played it for almost seven hours today!
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #46 riderkicker A month ago
    I still have a stack of 3DS games I have not even started.Edited 2 times. Last edited last month by riderkicker
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  • Avatar for acrowatz #47 acrowatz A month ago
    I still have it on my desk waiting to be picked up..... together with my friend's vita, so not really. (though I have a bunch of DS game I never got around to playing).
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  • Avatar for Pandalulz #48 Pandalulz A month ago
    I don't own a 3DS or Switch. I haven't owned a portable since my old DS Lite. I don't play games on my phone. I'm not in a place where I will probably ever own a portable again, honestly. I just have no place where I'd use it. At home, I'm on my PC or PS4, I commute via car, get carsick when I'm not the one driving, I don't play games in bed (I don't get in bed unless I plan to put my head on the pillow). Even when I fly on airplanes for work, I prefer to bring a paper book. I hate staring at a tiny screen at an awkward angle and would prefer to do pretty much anything else instead. I'm in a minority I know.
    It's starting to get weird though. I have an eight year old, and she's got an iPad and has been picking up my old DS lately, so maybe at some point I'll have to get a 2DS or Switch for her... not me.Edited 2 times. Last edited last month by Pandalulz
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #49 chaoticBeat A month ago
    @Ralek Character assassination? That's a little intense. I think Nintendo is just trying to reach a larger, current audience. There is a larger support base for people to accept and play TWEWY now because it has built up such a dedicated cult following. I fall into that category myself.
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  • Avatar for touchofkiel #50 touchofkiel A month ago
    Don't have a Switch and probably won't get one for some time - after a price drop (on the games too!) and possibly a new hardware iteration. Maybe even longer - it depends on if publishers want to keep treating it as a way to double dip on overpriced ports of PS3 games. But that doesn't mean my 3DS gets a lot of love... the best part of its library is all the RPGs (which I bought but remain unplayed). And I can only go through those so quickly, especially when consoles, PC, and Vita still can draw my attention.

    That said, it's definitely not dead yet. Someday, someday... I'll get around to all those wonderful RPGs.
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  • Avatar for wrestlenomicon #51 wrestlenomicon A month ago
    I bought a 2DS to play the recent Fire Emblem games and to be my JRPG machine, so yes I still use my 2DS. I've been playing and enjoying Dragon Quest 9 and am going to start Dragon Quest 8 soon. The 2DS was 80 bucks and it's been chill!
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #52 SatelliteOfLove A month ago

    There maybe one after this one, I heard.
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  • Avatar for heaterhands #53 heaterhands A month ago
    I got back into gaming in a big way this past year, and one of the most important decisions I made was to try and play as many older games as I do newer ones. Now, if you want to do this, the unique nature of this medium of ours requires vast outlays in terms of hardware; at least if you, like me, haven't been keeping up with the past couple of generations, buying consoles as they were released. But I'm okay with that! The recency bias shown by the esteemed USG team in their responses above might be expected by a group of professionals whose livelihood consists of following the right here, right now of video games, but I want to play both new and old, in equal amounts. So, if I want to do that, consigning to the dustbin a machine capable of accessing the 14-year strong library of two of the best consoles ever (not to mention Virtual Console stuff)... well, it seems like madness. It is madness. The unique nature of the dual screens means that many of these games' mechanics will be impossible to reproduce on other hardware (cf the WiiU's questionable DS Virtual Console), which is another reason we should try and keep the 3DS flame lit as long as we can. I get the urge of professionals to cut down on the plethora of platforms they're expected to keep up with, but we should be cheering the 3DS on in its dotage, not ushering it towards an early grave.

    What I'm playing on my 3DS at the moment: Mario's Picross, Picross e4, Resident Evil: Revelations and Zelda: A Link to the Past.
    I rarely play these games outside of my apartment, so the portability is not a factor in my day-to-day. Unless I'm travelling, in which case I'm much more likely to bring my 3DS than my Switch. I haven't travelled with the Switch yet, but I'm reticent to do so, because it seems like that much more of a hassle.
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  • Avatar for Robozot #54 Robozot A month ago
    Gave mine to my son. So it’s getting used every day!!!
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  • Avatar for Tetragrammaton #55 Tetragrammaton A month ago
    I want to say yes. The 3DS was my console of choice for years, above my Wii U and probably more played than my PC. I bought three of them, loved each one and passed them on to be used and loved in turn.

    But nah I don't use mine much. My best friend and I are finishing Federation Force (shockingly good multiplayer game) in February, and I'll probably want to finish up my 3DS playthrough of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, but really I'm waiting for Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology and then I think I'll shelve it.

    I might come back to it eventually, and there are several 3DS games I never finished or even bought. EOV, SMT4A, FE Echoes, DQ8... but it's going to compete with all the other stuff I have to do this year. So it's aspirational.

    Thanks for the great years 3DS!
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  • Avatar for daverhodus #56 daverhodus A month ago
    I sold my 3DS when Switch came out. I kinda regret it. I might get a 2DS XL if a bundle I like comes out in 2018.
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  • Avatar for StJudasOfSleep #57 StJudasOfSleep A month ago
    I'm still playing quite a bit of 3DS. No doubt that's in part because I didn't pick up the handheld until a year ago, which means that my backlog is still huge and full of games I really enjoy. At the moment I'm playing SMT IV, Fire Emblem Conquest, Corpse Party, and several different virtual console titles (another important draw).Edited last month by StJudasOfSleep
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  • Avatar for Ralek #58 Ralek A month ago
    @chaoticBeat Sounded harsher than it was intended, but still, I feel if this were to become "a thing", who will really remember the DS and in what fashion?

    Then again, it's not a thing yet, and in a way, you could argue the same for the VC, but I feel once a significant portion of time has passed, games stay kind of ... emotionally associated with certain platforms, even though they might end up being playable elsewhere. On the other hand, TWEWY is supposedly the definitive aka superior version, with added content, hence it's not exactly the same as VC either.

    I dunno, like I said, I remember the DS fondly for the great games he had. If the Switch ended up featuring a majority of those 'classics' in superior version ... I dunno, what would even be the point anymore of feeling any kind of attachement to the DS? Sure, you could argue like, "but it's the place of birth for a whole host of amazing Switch ports", but then again, that is not something that spells emotional attachement, but at best mere rationalization of having owned a DS and still remembering it.

    I honestly might have prefered it, if they had done like a archive'esque DS VC on Switch (emulating the games is not a problem as we know). Would have been a nice tribute. Definitiv editions ... yeah, kinda feels like trying to outdo the DS.

    Having said that, I'm probably just reading way, way too much into it, and also, it's hardly going to be a trend to bring enhanced DS ports to the Switch :-)

    Edit: Oh yeah, it totally forgot to mention, that this notion came to me thanks to all the (fully expected) WiiU ports happening. I cannot help myself but feel like this will lead to the WiiU being all but forgotten long-term, and I think that will be quite alright with Nintendo. That definitely feels like an attempt (concious or not) to rewrite one's own history, if you ask me. I know, that is not their prime motivation, and it's a good thing more people get to play e.g. Bayonetta 2, but still, it pretty much devalues the WiiU on about every level.Edited last month by Ralek
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  • Avatar for scottygrayskull #59 scottygrayskull A month ago
    I do. Probably a third of my gaming time these days. I get it's an older system, but it's still a bummer that it's mostly abandoned in favour of the Switch. I already have my phone, I don't want another $500 "portable" (except not really portable unless I bring a bag) thing.

    Also that 2DSXL is a really sweet system.Edited last month by scottygrayskull
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  • Avatar for TheSensationalSean #60 TheSensationalSean A month ago
    The Switch has completely distracted me from my 3DS and is the reason I still haven't finished Samus Returns - I love having the option to play games docked or handheld. I still have a pile of 3DS games to get through though, so I won't abandon it yet.
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  • Avatar for bigbramble #61 bigbramble A month ago
    I'd like to play more on it, but I find the resolution hard to take these days :(
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #62 cldmstrsn A month ago
    @SatelliteOfLove I just love Town Themes
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  • Avatar for Verkambj #63 Verkambj A month ago
    I'm just finishing up Metroid: Samus Returns, so yeah, I'm still playing it. After that, who knows. I would really like to play Dragon Quest viii since I never finished it on the ps2. Great system though and I look forward to seeing how Nintendo handles its new one system business model.
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #64 chaoticBeat A month ago
    @Ralek You make some really great points. It's interesting because to me it seems like Nintendo creates a lot more hardware platforms than Sony or Microsoft and they are comparatively underpowered (not that that's everything that matters). They give themselves a lot more shots at taking chances with hardware designs and then redesigning hardware integrating previous previous ideas into new configurations. It's a lot more creative process it feels like to me.

    The downside is that a platform like the WiiU is abandoned and it's software is repurposed for the newest hardware iteration.

    I had a WiiU for little while but I never liked the big controller or having to go between the controller's screen and the tv screen.
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  • Avatar for Ralek #65 Ralek A month ago
    @chaoticBeat That's definitely true about Nintendo's willingness, and often seemingly eagerness to - at times - go out of their way to create something new - for better or worse. While some of these projects were more successful than others - commercially and artistically - they all gave birth to a bunch of unique, quality gaming experiences.

    Like say, TWEWY ... that game was unique for many reasons, but it was in part also due to how it utilized the NDS unique features, most of all the dual-screen design of the system. That will probably not be replicated one-to-one on the Switch, so part of that 'magic', if you will, is going to be forgotten. I mean, who is going to bother to go back to the NDS to play a (supposedly) inferior version of a game like that, even they can easily download it from e-shop on Switch?

    Btw, and just to set the record straight, the fact that Nintendo console's tend to underpowered vis-a-vis their competitors is a rather recent development that only came into force with the gen-before-last, aka the Wii for Nintendo. Nintendo's other systems had in many ways been rather cutting edge until the Gamecube, and even the WiiU was - at least in terms of e.g. power efficency - a pretty sophisticated device, even though in could obviously not compete in terms of raw power.

    As for the WIiU in general, I did not like the Gamepad as well. I much prefered the Pro-Controller and used that whenever possible. I think the major issue with the WiiU was Nintendo's failure to justify the 2nd screen and unwieldy gamepad. There are VERY few experiences on the system, that feel like they a) necessitated the 2nd screen and b) that were made better by its inclusion. One game that always comes to mind is "Affordable Space Adventures". It's not only one of the best co-op games I've ever played (and one of the more unique ones, we're communication is beyond crucial), but also one of the best games on the WiiU - period.

    I don't know if it could be propery ported to the Switch. I guess, it could be done, if you reworked the interface a bit, but again, that would loose some of the magic of the original, and at the same time still make the WiiU one bit more ... obsolet as piece of gaming history, only like a year or so after the production of the system had even ceased.

    Honestly though, as with TWEWY, I think a port would be a good thing in and off itself, because more people need to play Affordable Space Adventures, even at the cost of the WiiU being an obsolete and borderline already forgotten piece of gaming tech ^^
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  • Avatar for timelessgamer #66 timelessgamer A month ago
    Yeah, I still have a backlog. I have been playing Zelda: Oracle of Ages, a GameBoy Color game, on my 3DS.
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  • Avatar for ajhopwood #67 ajhopwood A month ago
    My gaming backlog has me jumping all over the place in terms of which consoles I play. For example, I’m currently playing Castlevania: Circle of the Moon on my DS Lite. The 3DS has a wealth of fantastic titles and when you add in DS backwards compatibility and the SNES Virtual Console games released in 2016, it’s almost overwhelming how much great content there is to play. Nintendo killed it with 3DS and I look forward to many more years of firing up my 3DS to play through my backlog of games, including Bravely Default, Shovel Knight DLC, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, all 3 DS Castlevania games, etc.
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  • Avatar for swamped #68 swamped A month ago
    I keep it on my night stand and play a bit every night. I'm sure I'd do the same with a Switch but I'm in no rush to get one yet. I was actually considering going back even further and breaking out my DS Lite.
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  • Avatar for InsertTokenz #69 InsertTokenz A month ago
    Absolutely. The 3DS has become my second favorite gaming system of all time after the Super Nintendo, and with the backlog of great 3DS, DS, Virtual Console, and eShop games I have yet to get through, I don't see myself abandoning this thing ever. Sure, there will be instances when I may spend a little more time on my Switch, but I mainly use that system as a home console regardless. I still take my New 3DS everywhere, so I can't see myself packing it away in storage ever.

    Plus, there are still new games coming out this year for it to be excited about. (And I still have my fingers crossed that the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI will be brought over here in the near future!)Edited 4 times. Last edited last month by InsertTokenz
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  • Avatar for shurn #70 shurn A month ago
    I love the 3D effect and I have a backlog on it so yes I'll keep playing ( still playing ds actually ). I'm mostly only making purchases of games on it with the stereoscopic effect in them and if lacking that good gameplay and exclusivity but if it doesn't have 3D or is exclusive then I'll get elsewhere. Sega where is that last 3D classic collection?
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  • Avatar for drdoctor #71 drdoctor A month ago
    Etrian Odyssey 5... Biggest reason my 3ds not in a box.
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  • Avatar for IPA #72 IPA A month ago
    Daily. It’s still my favorite platform. Currently working through DQVII!
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  • Avatar for KeroseneBlast #73 KeroseneBlast A month ago
    Yes, the last game I played on it was Pokemon Ultra Sun. On hiatus for now while I finish Danganropna V3, but probably going to pick up EO5 in a month or so.
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  • Avatar for Mooglepies #74 Mooglepies A month ago
    Still going strong here. I hacked mine and use it as an emulation box and picross machine, with some monster hunter on the side. Pokemon romhacks are fun too.

    The Switch is nice but it's ever so slightly less convenient than the 3DS, and a lot of the time that can be the dividing line between me playing or not.
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  • Avatar for Galgomite #75 Galgomite A month ago
    I just picked up a New 3DS XL recently, and I doubt I'll be playing it much. Actually, the screens are so poor that I've considered returning it. How Nintendo got away with this for so long, while competing with smart phones, is a real mystery to me.
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  • Avatar for ArugulaZ #76 ArugulaZ A month ago
    Just to get free badges from the wiener rabbit, and even that may stop once I get 3000. Nintendo did me wrong by killing the Miiverse service... it was THE reason I used my 3DS as often as I did. I don't have much incentive to play the system if I can't share the experience with friends.

    That's not to say that I'll be migrating to the Switch. I'm pretty much done with the company for this generation.
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  • Avatar for gekiganwing #77 gekiganwing A month ago
    Right now it's tough for me to justify the cost of a Switch. Several reasons why...

    * Still enjoying a lot of 3DS software. For instance, I just started Pocket Card Jockey yesterday. This morning, I resumed playing Dragon Quest 8.
    * Still enjoying a lot of Vita software. I began using it to play Undertale a while ago, and I'm currently struggling with its difficulty. Likewise, I recently used it to read Code Realize, which is the first visual novel that I've found compelling in about a year.
    * I know that software support for both systems is fading. However, I am hoping to experience Dragon Quest 11 in English on my 3DS in the next year or two. Likewise, I've heard that Stardew Valley might be ported to Vita... which would be nice, since it won't work on my computer.
    * My original DS and PSP still work fine, though I've used them intermittently in the last few years. However, I have a backlog of unfinished or barely-tried games for both systems. I plan to resume delving into my backlog soon.
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  • Avatar for kevatar1981 #78 kevatar1981 A month ago
    I got a switch on day but of course I am still playing my DS on occasion. Video game consoles of any kind just cost way to much money for me to just chuck them aside when the next big thing comes out.
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