Nintendo 3DS Buying Guide

by TerriRexson

Everything you need to know before buying a Nintendo 3DS for yourself or your child.

3D Gaming with the 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is a, new for 2011, 3D portable games machine. Yes 3D! The 3DS has two screens and one of them offers stereoscopic 3D. You don't need glasses - the screen contains information for your left and right eye that will make you perceive depth in games - clever. 

In this article, we'll look at what you need to know before buying the 3DS. 

Nintendo have announced a massive 3DS price drop to boost sales. The 3DS now offers excellent value for money. The 3DS is going to be on lots of Christmas lists this year! There are always supply problems near Christmas so don't leave it too late and get disappointed. 

OK, let's take a look at the 3DS, in comes in three colors: flame red, cosmo black and aqua blue:

Nintendo 3DS in Flame Red - New!

Nintendo 3DS - Flame Red
Only $98.59

Nintendo 3DS - Black

Nintendo 3DS - Cosmo Black
Only $169.99

Nintedo 3DS - Blue

Nintendo 3DS - Aqua Blue
Only $169.99

What you should know before buying the 3DS

3DS Guide for parents
  1. The 3DS is a great console for older kids and teens. It's main competition is the LeapPad Explorer for kids under 8 who don't need the complexity of the 3DS. And the PS Vita for older teens and grown-up games (but the PS Vita isn't out until 2012.)
  2. The 3D effect on the 3DS goes through batteries very quickly (2-4 hours on a full charge). There is an extended life battery available which gets good reviews so you may want to factor this into the cost of your purchase. 
  3. The 3DS has lots of social features that can be enabled so that a 3DS can communicate with other nearby 3DSs. Clearly this has implications for child safety and privacy. Nintendo have a 3DS parental guidance which you should read so you understand how to use parental controls. 
  4. Nintendo have recommended that only children over the age of 6 should use the 3D feature. Not enough is known about how 3D could affect the developing eyes of little kids. 
  5. Many of the good games for the 3DS have an age rating of 10+ or above so the console is best suited to older kids, teens and grownups. 

3DS Extended Life Battery

Power Pak+
Power Pak+
Only $99.99

3DS Start Kit

Accessory Pack
3DS Starter Kit - Aqua Blue
Only $43.99

3DS Games

So, you're buying a 3DS. What are the top games that you should choose to go with it?

Our top recommendation is the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. This is a 3D remake of one of the best video games ever. It's a classic action adventure that will be enjoyed by those who were too young to play the original, and fans of the original too. It's rated for age Everyone 10+.

For younger kids wanting a classic game, there's Super Mario 3DS. The age rating hasn't been released for this game yet, but I expect it to be suitable for younger gamers. Super Mario is one of the classic games franchises for Nintendo and everyone will enjoy the 3D remake. 

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
$32.97  $25.08

Super Mario 3DS

Super Mario 3D Land
Only $30.99

Have you heard about the Wii U Console?

Nintendo is also working on the Wii U home console which will plug in to the TV and have a controller with a touch screen. The Wii U is due for release in mid 2012. 

Updated: 09/02/2011, TerriRexson
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happynutritionist on 08/12/2011

What a lot of fun! And wow has Nintendo come a long way since the grey Gameboy games my kids played with...the first of the handheld Nintendo's. So much more to games now, lucky kids!

ohcaroline on 08/10/2011

I think every kid in America and beyond would want one of these. Excellent page.

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