Nintendo releases two new handhelds and a triple whammy of games to feast upon.
Nintendo may boast about the fact it manufactures and sells one of the best-selling consoles in the world but it certainly can’t brag about its naming conventions. The new New 3DS and new New 3DS XL hit shelves this week and pack a bunch of features that attempt to make playing old favourites and new titles even more enjoyable.
Let’s start with the New 3DS, which is now slightly bigger and features a larger autostereoscopic 3D display and secondary touch screen, improved controls, faster processing power and enhanced 3D technology for face-tracking to finally put an end to that drunken/punched-in-the-face effect the previous model inflicted on players.
Perhaps the most significant talking point is the all-new control system, which now features ZL and ZR shoulder buttons that work much the same as those seen on typical game pads. There’s also a C-stick, which allows gamers to manipulate camera angles and access more finessed character movements.
Computing power has also been improved, meaning faster loading times and more impressive-looking graphics – although most don’t purchase a £149.99 3DS for the superb visuals alone, instead opting for the pick-up-and-play goodness the handheld Nintendo is renowned for. Those needing an even bigger gaming experience can opt for the New 3DS XL, retailing online for £179.99 and offering a whopping 4.88in 3D screen contained within its chunky, university textbook-esque body.
Although the screen is physically larger, its resolution is the same as the smaller 3DS, meaning games don’t look quite as sharp as its little brother when upscaled. Buyers should also note that neither console comes bundled with a charger, so you’ll have to make do with your old 3DS unit or part with a few extra quid for a new one.
Built-in camera – New 3DS and New 3DS XL
The built-in camera has been upgraded to take better photos in low light situations, it supports Nintendo’s wildly popular Amiibo figurines (as does the New 3DS) and the new face-tracking technology makes handheld three-dimensional gaming far more enjoyable than ever before. It’s just a shame they couldn’t come up with a snappier console title.
New 3DS Games
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +
Namco’s retro arcade shooter is another classic to get a refresh on the new consoles. It includes improved controls and the ability to sync Amiibo characters to unlock classic Nintendo skins for the featured planes. Apart from that, it’s the usual business of real-world aircraft engaging in epic Top Gun-esque dogfights – in eye-popping 3D.