The Nintendo 3DS Was Released 10 Years Ago Today In North America

The Nintendo 3DS Was Released 10 Years Ago Today In North America
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On March 27, 2011, Nintendo released the 3DS, its handheld successor to the uber-successful Nintendo DS. Since then it has sold over 70 million units worldwide and had a host of great games released for it over the last decade.

I was lucky enough to snag a 3DS around the time when it launched. While console shortages were a thing back in 2011, it was nothing like today. Here’s what I mean: My dad and I drove up to a store, perhaps Walmart, on a whim, about a week after the 3DS came out. We didn’t check online or call ahead. And when we got there we found four or five 3DS consoles behind plexiglass, sitting around, waiting to be bought. Can you imagine this today? I don’t see myself walking into a store a week or even a month after a big console release and just finding some in 2021.

Once I got the 3Ds I played a lot of Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D because I’m a big idiot and I love Resident Evil games. I was also excited to play Revelations. The other memory I have of the 3DS at launch was playing around with the AR cards and games. Not for more than a few days, but they were fun and a neat thing to show people.

The 3DS is the last Nintendo console I’ve bought at launch. (Though if that Switch 4k ends up being not too pricey, I might buy a Nintendo console on day one again. We will see..) While it’s far from my favourite console, I still fondly remember my time with it. I even liked the 3D features. I left that slider on because it looked cool.

What memories do you have of the Nintendo 3DS? And who else out there played that Revelations demo in the Mercs 3D way more than once?

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  • Ah, my memories were of how the various launches were botched, and Nintendo gave out free exclusive games to the ‘beta testers’ that picked up the system during the US launch.

    Then you had the debacle of DLC where you needed to log on every day to get cosmetics, new content including maps and battles that Spotpass enabled.

    Still, there were some positive memories. Playing DoA: Dimensions against other players around the world. Devil Survivor 1 Overclocked.

  • I wasn’t interested when the first 3DS came out, as I was still playing my DS Lite and hadn’t finished its library. Plus the 3DS launch titles were pretty mediocre. But I got the 3DS XL on launch because the timing was right and I liked the bigger form factor. Played hundreds of hours until it broke and replaced it with a second-hand New 3DS XL. Great memories over the years. Now my Switch is the only portable I use.

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