Should You Buy A Nintendo New 3DS / 3DS XL / 2D SXL in 2018?

Nintendo 3DS in 2018

With the Nintendo Switch selling like hotcakes, the one question a lot of people ask is:

Should I buy a Nintendo New 3DS / 3DS XL / 2DS / 2DS XL in 2018?

Well the answer is….WHY NOT?! and YES!! Now let me explain myself a bit. The “DS” platform has been around for years and the amount of games in the catalog is staggering! The Nintendo 3DS & Nintendo 2DS handhold systems play both DS and 3DS titles, so you have hundreds if not thousands of games to chose.

Why Should You Collect Nintendo a 3DS System & Games?

There are several reasons why I am recommending you get a 3DS based system in 2018.  First, is that fact that the new Nintendo 2DS XL was recently released and it has all the upgrades you need for the back catalog, including DS, 3DS, and the NEW 3DS games (these newer titles need either a New 3DS / New 3DS XL / 2DS XL to play due to better system specs). I know it’s confusing….BUT to insure you have the right system…Just pick up one of the new Nintendo 2DS XL’s and you’ll be good to go.  In the US they are currently priced at $149, but can sometimes be found on sale.

The second reason to get into the 3DS based systems is price. And when I say price, I mean price of the system itself, and the lower cost of games when compared to modern triple A titles.  I love searching retro game shops and yard sales for cheap DS/3DS games. You can build a pretty good collection on a budget. There are tons of Pokemon, Zelda, Kirby, and Mario games out there plus a large amount of second party support.  The price of a 2DS XL or 3DS XL system is reasonable and they are pretty durable with good battery life.

Of course we have to chime in with the portability aspect of the 3DS based systems.  While the Nintendo Switch is portable it is pretty hard to stick it in your pocket, unlike 3DS based systems. Pop in your favorite game, throw the 2DS XL in your pocket or bag and go~!

In conclusion, with the Nintendo Switch basically taking over the Nintendo gaming space, I think it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a 3DS system and start collecting.  There were a lot of games released during the dark WiiU times that a lot of people just didn’t play.  Best of both worlds would be to have a Switch and a 2DS XL 😉

Must Have Nintendo 3DS Games To Start With

There are TONS of games out there for the Nintendo 3DS platform! Here are a few games that I like and recommend:

  1. Mario Kart 7
  2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  3. Super Mario 3D Land
  4. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
  5. Super Smash Bros
  6. Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon
  7. Super Mario Bros 2
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  10. Metroid: Samus Returns




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