The (Small) Price You Pay For Playing DS Games On The 3DS

You can play DS games on the Nintendo 3DS. No problem there. But did you know they take a lot longer to load on Nintendo's new handheld than they did on the old one?

A series of tests run by GameSpot, booting up five games on both the DS and 3DS, found that the new 3D handheld takes much longer to load a game than its predecessor, in some cases (like Black Ops) taking 21 seconds to go from boot to main menu.

While this won't destroy your ability to enjoy older games on a newer handheld, it's interesting that a more powerful machine takes longer to do something than its feebler sibling could manage. Then again, considering the DS games are running essentially as emulated titles - which always taxes hardware more than a game running on its intended device - the wait can be excused!

3DS takes longer to load DS games [GameSpot]


    The wait to play 999 could be two seconds and it would still be too long!

      Am looking to import this title shortly as it has me intrigued.

        Don't bother - the games are region locked.

          Or should I say - it isn't guaranteed that a jap game will work in the 3DS. I wanted to import too, but the games may not even work as they are from japan, and each console has "region settings", which IS different from a region lock, BUT it MAY stop most overseas games from working...

    "But did you know they take a lot longer to load..."

    An average increased time of 5.2 seconds? I wouldn't exactly say a LOT longer to load. Perhaps a BIT longer.

      When you consider that the average load time on the DS Lite is 9.6 seconds, that makes for over 50% increase, which is a considerable increase.

    I'm assuming that the 3DS backwards compatibility works via some sort of emulation software on the console (much like the Xbox 360's backwards compatibility), which would explain the increased loading times.

    i love how it states: "in some cases (like Black Ops) taking 21 seconds to go from boot to main menu." like it's a massive wait when the DS did it in 15 seconds.. 5 second (average) is hardly a thing. way to try and find an issue out of nothing

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