My 3DS. Gathering Dust. Literally.

My 3DS. Gathering Dust. Literally.

My 3DS. Gathering Dust. Literally.No-one was more enthusiastic about the 3DS when it was first released. No-one. But today, I looked across at my 3DS and found that it was gathering dust. Literally. I haven’t played or charged it in weeks. Ocarina of Time lies half played in the game slot. Forever alone.


  • My PS3 does that!
    So then I put a garbage bag over the top, so the dust settles on that, and whenever I want to play it, I just whip it off and choke on all the dust I just threw into the air.

  • Glad I’ve opted to pick up a PSV instead. Nintendo has lost me as a fan of their hardware. Yes I’d love to be able to play some of their best first party titles. But I don’t want expensive dust magnets lying around my house.

  • I’m in the same boat. There’s just nothing good on it, and the eShop has nothing new and worth playing either.

    • yeah i got a US one because i figured at least their Eshop would be better than ours.

      it’s pathetic though.

      realistically i think every Zelda Metroid and Mario. GBA or earlier should be on there.

      Nintendo really need to get their s#$# together

  • Get your ass back there and finish Ocarina of Time, or we’re going to have ourselves a good old fashion lynching!

  • On Saturday I wiped the layer of dust off the top of mine only to come back the next day with a new layer already formed. I blame the glossiness and the fact I don’t use it for anything other than streetpass.

  • Took my 3DS to the Mana Bar Melb opening, then with me at the Meat and got 20 or so street pass, good day.
    But haven’t used it since finishing Zelda.

    • I walked past the Mana Bar Melbourne and managed to get five or so street passes. That place is a concentrated street pass experience.

  • I bought a DS. The old grey behemoth.

    I never upgraded to a DS Lite.
    I never upgraded to a DSi.
    I never upgraded to a DSiXL.

    I think the last time I played a game on my DS, it was before the DSi even came out.

    I can’t imagine why I’d buy a 3DS, not even for a new Pokemon game.

  • my ds was sitting at an angle and in the right like just like the photo. Swear you took a photo of mine. all comments relevant to me 😛

  • It’s honestly distressing to see this happen to an incredible piece of hardware like the 3DS. My DS lite is exactly the same. I just got Dragon Quest 9 and still it sits untouched.

    And I don’t see this changing at all. Unless Nintendo DRASTICALLY change their business and begin supporting their hardware with regular software, things won’t change. You can bank on your Wii U being covered the same layer of dust only months after launch.

  • Is it from lack of interest? Lack of time? Or have your handheld gaming affections turned to another device such as a smartphone?

    • Lack of games really.

      I played Ocarina and Pilotwings, but sort of lost interest. The gimmick of 3D without glasses is gone. I’ve finished the Street Pass quest. Have most of the puzzles done. Just have zero motivation to play at the moment.

      • That was going to be the issue all along, though – once the gimmick of the 3D wears off, what’s left? Similar to the Wii – once the initial novelty of motion control wears off, what’s left?

        The answer in both cases is “not a hell of a lot”. Although the 3DS is much earlier in its lifespan so there’s more hope for that one. Although if it keeps dragging its heels and the PS Vita is quick out of the starting blocks then they could have a problem on their hands.

  • This is exactly why I’ve been waiting for there to be games to play on it before buying one.

    Of course if Trauma Center: Under the Knife 3 comes out, you can bet that I’ll have a 3DS in my grubby little paws in no time.

  • Having owned pretty much every Nintendo console and portable ever released, the 3DS holds zero appeal to me. Nintendo seriously dropped the ball with this one. Probably seemed like a good idea at the time, when Avatar was raking in millions at the box office and everyone was jizzing all over 3D. At the moment it’s an overblown gimmick with one decent game (a re-release of a N64 game) and nothing else of substance to offer.

    • I’d also like to add that I’m of the opinion that dedicated portable gaming devices are on the verge of extinction.

      The PSVita might attract a few core gamers for a while but I think that will be the end of it. Portable gaming will just become a featured fused into smart phones.

      I’ve not touched my DS in ages, but I’m constantly playing great games on my iPhone – Shining Force(Mega Drive), Cricket Captain, Plants Vs Zombies, Hanging/Words With Friends, Swords & Sworcery etc. Final Fantasy Tactics is also coming to iPhone.

      • i don’t think the issue is with dedicated portable gaming devices.

        The real issue now is the turn around to getting games on them.

        a handheld seems to have only 1-2 worthwhile games a month if your lucky(and of course the 20 at xmas time because they are a pain like that)

        while the iphone there is something new every week if not day. Couple this with the fact that they are much easier to play in bites than a handheld game does change things.

        problem lies solely in the games though and the fact that carrying cartridges around is a pain.

  • Well Mark, you can always give it to someone who owns the Ocarina Edition of OoT but doesn’t own a 3DS for example, me?

  • I’m slowly getting through the OOT Master Quest in bits and pieces on the train, after that I’ll get back into Link’s Awakening and then if nothing new has come out I may go back to some unfinished DS games (even then I might use my DSLite for those with its superior battery life)

    I was getting into earning the coins and streetpasses but I’ve finished off all the puzzle pics and am almost through the RPG for a 2nd time so it doesn’t have the allure anymore unless they release more puzzle pics.

    • Also my step counter has become rather weird and will sometimes reset itself but still giving me the coins I had earned from the steps it lost. Too bad it still maxes out at 10 coins for the day.

  • Maybe it’s just because I upgraded to a 3DS from an original Phat DS, but I can’t get enough of the eShop. My 3DS still sees plenty of use.

    I just wish that the eShop prices were a little better. Either they should let us buy games individually instead of putting $10 into the wallet, or adjust the game prices so that I can get the most out of that money (eg. $2.50, $5, 7.50) instead of having irregular amounts left over (and having to top-up again). 😛

  • Poor 3DS.

    Nowadays, my 3DS is hidden in darkness, inside a drawer. 3D slider set to off. Hinges still springy and snappy from not being opened.
    Wedged between a pile of unfinished DS games. Waiting for the next decent side scrolling Mario game.

  • This week is the first time that I havn’t played it at least once a day since launch. I played samurai warriors chronicles until ocarina of time came out, and I just finished master quest last thursday.

    If you see samurai warriors for cheap, I’d recommend picking it up. I’d rate it deeper and better then the latest console warriors game, dynasty warriors 7.

  • i’m glad my friends got 3DS’s so i can play them (especially when kingdom hearts 3ds comes out) but i’m sticking with a vita

  • Soooo.. if i win a copy of Resident Evil mercenaries from game i can have it, yeah? LOL

    OR i can give it to you so you can have something to play?!?!?

  • I’d also like to add that I’m of the opinion that dedicated portable gaming devices are on the verge of extinction.

    The PSVita might attract a few core gamers for a while but I think that will be the end of it. Portable gaming will just become a featured fused into smart phones.

    I’ve not touched my DS in ages, but I’m constantly playing great games on my iPhone – Shining Force(Mega Drive), Cricket Captain, Plants Vs Zombies, Hanging/Words With Friends, Swords & Sworcery etc. Final Fantasy Tactics is also coming to iPhone.

  • I play mine during my commute to and from work, which isn’t long – maybe 20 minutes each way at most – so I’m still on my first play through Ocarina. *AND* I actually started Ocarina before finishing Samurai Warriors, so I’ll have to go back to that before it makes it’s way to my “perma” pile o’ shame (I have boxes of games that I haven’t even gotten around to taking out of their plastic wrap yet, so it’s that special kind of shame; worse than simply “never got around to finishing”).

    I don’t regret buying mine at all. I do sometimes think I’m making the best out of a bad situation (3DS has no games, so I’m 100%’ing the ones I do decide to buy, etc…)

      • *Wanky art critic voice*

        Personally, I feel that the focus point doesn’t quite sit right, given the closest corner of the device is blurred, but the focal point is still relatively close to the user. I feel it would be far more appropriate for either the closest corner to be in focus, or for the focal point to be approximately halfway down the device.

        Given my knowledge of photography is actually zilch, I feel I should clarify that I kid.

  • Simalar to a Dreamcast, it had a very slow start due to lack of launch titles, never took off with enough tools/support yet still has a large amount of followers to this day.

    (My dreamcast is still in the box under my bed, been many a year since i pulled it out)

  • Finished Zelda Ocarina of Time
    Played a little Resident Evil Mecenaries and got bored with it awfully quick

    Now my 3DS lays dormant waiting for the next game…kind of like my Wii when I come to think of it

    I love Nintendo, but they need to get their shit together

  • The timing of this post is so good, I almost went and blew $349 on the BigW deal for this and Zelda.

  • I normally play my 3ds on the train, but had to take a break as I had to drive into work for 2 weeks (stupid V/line line upgrade)

    I was only playing Ocarina of Time and Pilot Wings (and DS Games Pokemon Black and Kingdom Hearts), but I recently picked up ‘Naruto Shippuden 3D The New Era’, and have to say I have been enjoying it a lot.

    Its a very enjoyable little platform game, Graphics and 3d are not too bad, and the Music is fantastic.

  • I bought my 3DS purely for replaying the Ocarina of Time with the upgraded graphics and the 3D effect. I knew that I probably wouldn’t use it after I finished that but surprisingly I’m getting a lot of use out of it. I never bought a DS so there’s a wealth of games to explore there and I’m looking forward to some of the new titles coming out. I think it’s too early yet to say whether it will be a hit console or not. Time will tell but I hope it becomes successful.

  • I really only use it for streetpass now days, I’m trying to find out who this dude is who recognised my name on the streetpass 😛

    Other then that, I’m pretty much the same, i’ve always got it, but I never play it, and also have Zelda sitting in their half played.

    Very close to trading it in myself, just not worth it

  • Ive fairly got buyers remorse.

    Bought it for my son, even he thinks its lame, he doesnt like the 3D.

    If I use the 3D for too long I feel like I am going to pass out.

  • Mine’s semi-dusty. On 2nd playthrough of Find Mii (it’s a US 3DS, don’t know what PAL/EU one is called). The most use it’s had to date is actually DS games I was catching up on, (Pokemon, DQ, etc) having sold my DS Lite a few years back. The most 3DS I’ve played is likely SSFIV – which is an amazing port btw.

    At the moment it goes walkies with me still about 50% of the time I leave the house, and when it’s not doing that, it’s waiting ever so patiently for MGS3D.

    Basically, it exists in my life for metal gear right now – and the prospect of whatever titles come in the future. But then again, being a US 3DS, the eStore doesn’t suck nuts totally, so that makes it a little more bearable too.

  • I just got back from Korea/Japan. Got 100+ street pass hits and completed the quest (most photo tiles).

    I still play Street Fighter. There is always someone to Vs and people tend to stay on for a few fights which is good.

    Just started Zelda for the first time. Amazing game so far.

    I can agree it needs more games but I’ve got an iPhone to play 99c games in between. It’s nice to play a slightly more polished game on the 3DS as they come out.

  • A lot of people here need to invest in Hori compact cases. The dust will settle on the case instead of on the console! Problem solved!

  • My PSP is like that. I haven’t used it in 18 months. I think the day of portable game systems is done. Now we have smartphones in our pockets (takes away from carrying space for game system), and can surf the net or play games on those, which detracts from the appeal of the portable system. There’s probably times I would have enjoyed playing some PSP but I wasn’t carrying it…

  • I guess it goes with expectations. I honestly debate how many worthwhile games the DS had, particularly early on. A N64 port, wow, why didn’t 3DS think of that, hyuk.

    I guess I lucked out when they decided to release Samurai Warriors Chronicles on the 3DS as I had just finished grinding through DW7. As this clearly denotes I have no taste in games it worked out perfectly.

    That said it does sadden me that I go into stores willing to throw money at games for my DS, any games, and really don’t get given many options. I don’t think the Dreamcast comparison is fair yet… but then again the cancelled Megaman Legends 3 and I literally cried a single tear for my 3DS’s future that day.

    I’m not even pretending I won’t buy a PSV either.

  • Yet another anti-Nintendo article for the sake of getting comments from the Xbox/PS3 lovers. Good move Kotaku, you’ve lost another reader.

    • LOL seriously!? Did you miss the mass of PS3 hacking articles or something? Or did you miss when Mark first got his 3DS and went on his streetpass quest?

      I’m sure if there was something positive to say, then it would be said, but right now the 3DS doesn’t really offer much to work with

      • yeah there was heaps of positive stuff to.

        Problem is people only remember the negative. Although i have a feeling that most of the negative stuff is flow through from the US site.

  • I don’t feel the situation’s all that bad. The original DS had an incredibly sparse library for the initial stages of its life before it rocketed off during its ~second year. And now I’ve got a library of around 70-80 games for it.

    At first I was going to hold off on the 3DS because of the lack of games. But that Dick Smith deal came up and I figured it was too good to pass up, so I grabbed it. Initially just with Rayman because that was all I was familiar with. Then found out that Ghost Recon was Advance Wars-like, so switched to that one. And glad I did, too. I pumped nearly 60 hours into that, just working through the main campaign and not even bothering with the skirmish maps I unlocked along the way. Pretty fantastic game, definitely my vote for top pick of the launch lineup.

    The Pilotwings came out, people complained about it being too short. But I squeezed a good 20 hours out of it earning and unlocking everything, and I enjoyed it. I was completely uninterested in OoT, but a good deal came up and EB had that preorder deal, so I managed to get that all for fairly cheap. Only played through it the once, then beat the boss mode, that lasted about 25 hours. Didn’t feel like going through Master Quest at all. Latest off the block is RE Mercenaries, which was the one “launch” title I was actually looking forward to from the start, since I loved Merc mode in RE4. It’s ok I guess, some rough edges to it, but still enjoyable. And providing a hell of a challenge too. Just coming up on 24 hours on it now and still got plenty to go. 126:47 in total from the four games I’ve bought, plus all the time spent with StreetPass and AR games in the meantime. Plus I’m still yet to get Steel Diver which I was interested in too (enjoyed it at the demo days), so that’ll pump a few more hours into it yet.

    I wouldn’t say I’m happy with it, it could be far better than it is. But I’m more or less satisfied I suppose.

    • …and if you take each full charge to last around 5 hours (I use the lowest brightness setting), then that means I have charged the damn thing over 25 times. Ugh.

  • If my a. 3DS was the only console I played and b. I was socially retarded then yes, it might be a bit boring by now. Luckily, I don’t and I’m not and I have DOA, RE and OOT and it’s one of my favourite “consoles” of all time.. yes ALREADY!

  • I use mine all the time, for just about every feature too. Every day I reckon I check everything that can actually update, I use the browser, and the two games I’ve got (Zelda and Samurai Warriors) are among two of my “most played games” list.

    But as for lack of software, blame devs. This generation is hell to be honest, so much complacency. No one wants to upgrade, take the plunge, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we’ll see people not even bother upgrading from the DS to a newer console for many years. Eventually though things will start to get so bad that someone will have to do something to keep consoles fresh and new and the same for their games.

  • I wonder if Ninty even bother to read gaming websites to view comments like the main article and all you guys above?

    I’d like to think that they do. Hell if I was in a position like say… Regional Nintendo eShop and Distribution Operations Manager, I sure would!!!

    Long term hard core fans of Nintendo are disappointed. Doesn’t anyone give a rats ass?

    Right now – 3DS = trade in for Vita. This is unacceptable Nintendo!!! Fix it up or alot of us go away for good! Think I’ll be buying a WiiU after your pathetic support of the 3DS… think again.

    Nintendo. The new Sega of the 2010s! These 2 machines may very well be your last, and that is largely an assumption that the WiiU will even see the light of day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yeah, I had one for 3 days and decided to sell it. Nice piece of hardware, but I saw the Vita coming out, and I’ve grown out of Nintendo for games, just their style dosen’t appeal to me anymore.

    I got my 70th PS3 title this week, and I’ve got 5 more on Lay-by and then Arkham City and Uncharted 3, and Resistance 3 and Twisted Metal, I’m pretty happy with what’s coming out 🙂

  • Even if you don’t use the 3d, the power of the unit means the games are going to look a lot prettier, even if you turn the 3d effect off. I use mine on a daily basis. Finished Street Fighter using all the fighters, and am now on to playing OoT which, I’m sorry to say, I never got a chance to play originally. Sure, the 3d “wow” factor has worn off, but it doesn’t mean the console is dead and buried. Once developers realise what it can do the games will come too, and meanwhile there’s all those DS games to play while we wait. I’ve got a PSP and an iPhone, and the 3ds, heck even the DS, still beat them for portable gaming. It’ll be interesting to see how/if the Vita changes the playing field.

  • I had to wipe dust off my ps3 today, that’s what I get for turning it in on via the controller all the time. Betting your ps3 is just as dusty as mine.
    So my advice Mr Mark, is to let it get dustier, draw a smiley in the dust and put it on your ps3, they can be dusty together, and happy!
    I’m sad to see Nintendo forgetting that a gaming platform is only worth it if you have games to play on it.

  • Yeah Nintendo’s going pretty stale these days, the 3ds if over-rated and will probably grow even more unpopular in the coming months.

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