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StriderHoang avatar 12:24 AM on 02.28.2014
How I 3DS: Strider edition


After the realization that the 3DS turned three, reading this from Stephen Totilo, and by serendipity also AboveUp's foray into the 3DS, I think its time I shared my personal 3DS story and stats. In particular, someone who owns a 3DS and works at the Happiest Place on Earth (get out of here Disney World)!







I bought my 3DS at the onset of December last year. That was the point where the 3DS was lukewarm and starting to heat up. Announcements for Fire Emblem Awakening, Animal Crossing New Leaf, and the Year of Luigi with Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon get everyone excited about what was in store for the 3DS. The special part is that I bought it as part of a limited sale at Best Buy.  bought a red 3DS XL for about $160. That meant of course that the stock 3DS was cheaper still but I think we all agree that once you've gone XL, you can't go back.

My 3DS is also adorned with Capcom's limited Mega Man 25th anniversary cover. Only supposed to be available at San Diego Comic-Con, I waited patiently on a tip from Capcom Unity's Brett Elston that the covers were coming to the Capcom Store at some point.





I also got a sweet carrying bag from Club Nintendo but I gave that to my girlfriend when my Mega Man cover came in the mail.

Everyone near me wanted to own a 3DS in preparation for Pokemon. I knew I was going to jump onto that bandwagon but I was more excited for New Leaf. Of course, all the games coming out before weren't exactly games I was going to skip. I bought a 32GB card this past Christmas but up until that day, I had been playing with a 4GB card. Every game before Animal Crossing was bought physically but with a big SD card, I buy mostly digitally now.

I meticulously organized my DSiware games, the original 3DS utility apps, and the revamped 3D classics into their own folders. My menu's actually magnified one level more than what I have pictured but I decided to zoom out to get it in one picture.



At Disneyland, I get an average of 8 to 10 streepasses every work day. A handful are regulars, both co-workers and guests visiting the parks. I've streetpassed a few people over 40 times and my world map is filled out pretty well for someone who doesn't travel much: 41 states, 26 Japanese prefectures, hits from Canada, Ireland, the UK, Brazil, Singapore, Aruba, Anguilla, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, and Australia.

Despite sinking hours in Pokemon X and Bravely Default, by far Animal Crossing was my labor of love. I've even gone back recently in order to redecorate my second floor with Gracie's signature gorgeous line of furniture.









Speaking of love, I bought my girlfriend the special Animal Crossing edition of the 3DS XL. She might have a spec of disappointment from not owning a physical copy but she still enjoys it just as much as me, if not more. I know she's gone on to purchase Crashmo and Quetzal's Corridors herself.

And there you have it. I mostly play in 2D since most games aren't very proactive about it but when I do turn it up, I go all the way or why bother? How has your 3DS hijinks been since Nintendo's darling runner up caught its stride?

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