So, I got a Nintendo New 3DS, just last week. I know that I'm a bit behind the eight ball in regards to picking up a 3DS, but it's been a long time coming. It feels like it's been almost a year since my boyfriend and I were wandering around our local EB Games and he mentioned that he thought a 3DS would be perfect for me. Up until this point, I had always slightly written off Gameboy products as Pokemon Machines. Granted, I knew that they had games aside from the Pokemon series (of course) but none really grabbed my attention. He told me that he thought I would especially love the Animal Crossing series. The creativity, the concept of being among adorable animals, it apparently just screamed my name, and for the next year, any time we were anywhere that sold the Nintendo 3DS, the conversation would resurface.
I'll admit, I was already fairly
convinced. Then we staggered across the Happy Home Designer bundle
which came with the game, the New 3DS, and two adorable face plate sets. That
sealed the deal. I was beginning to have flashbacks to when I got my
first Gameboy, the Gameboy Color. Again, this was originally solely used as a Pokemon machine, mostly because I was young, but also because my
family didn't have a whole lot of money, so we couldn't afford a huge
library of games. As I got further into playing videogames, though, I did want
to try out other games. I was lucky, because my Mom was (and still
is, if we're being completely honest, here) majorly into going to
yardsales. Probably to the point where, had I been older, I would
have decided that a carefrontation was in order. Yardsales provided
some of my now most beloved games, that I still play to this day when I need a walk down memory lane.
I've been touch and go with the
other Gameboy products. I skipped the Advanced, had a DS (which once
again mostly served as a Pokemon machine...oops...) and hadn't really
had anything else in the product line until now. I'm loving the New
3DS so far, even though I'm only rocking Animal Crossing: Happy Home
Designer and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.
(My best friend was sure to point out what a weird combo this is.)
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
is everything that I had hoped (and was told) it would be. It's my
first foray into the Animal Crossing series, and between the adorable
critters, the upbeat music, and the way that it allows me to create, I could definitely see myself being hooked on the series
for life. Or until the next DS product inevitably comes out,
rendering my collection out of date, once again. It's seriously
relaxing, and I can see this game being great for winding down after
a long day. I don't think I'm really saying anything that you guys
didn't already know, though!
As for The Binding of Isaac:
Rebirth, it was a no-brainer when I saw that it was available in the
eShop. I'm pretty addicted to Isaac, and the idea of being able to
play it wherever I wanted without toting a laptop around tickled me
just the right way. It looks so
crisp and lovely on the 3DS, but I'm a bit disappointed with how it
plays. I get that most rogue-like games are complicated, especially
when drumming up new seeds for each round. That said, I didn't expect
the several seconds of black screens between each game (I've counted,
it usually stalls for about 7 – 10 seconds) and the few seconds of
freezing that I get between each level. While I'm glad to have the
game and tend to play hours of it on end, I'm a bit disappointed
overall. I had worried about it being the 3DS unit itself, but
everything else runs as smooth as butter on it.
I'm definitely planning on building a bigger library; obviously dipping into the Pokemon games, and revisiting the Super Mario Bros series. But I'd like to expand further than that. I've got my eye on the Gravity Falls game for the 3DS, although I've been reassured that games based on licensed series usually suck. I've seen maybe one horror game in my (admittedly shallow) research that I've done on games, and it looks like it's simply a rip off of Fatal Frame.
And of course, I'll take any
suggestions for games for the 3DS that you guys have, that you think I might