Why My 3DS Makes Me Happy
On this site in particular we have not really covered much of Nintendo’s offerings purely because nobody owns a Nintendo console at all. I can really see why many “hardcore” gamers gravitate away from their offerings because the games on offer aren’t really that suited to their desires. This week I would like to detach from our usual combination of mainstream gaming coverage and draw attention to the little thing that has given me so much pleasure in the few weeks that I’ve owned it. That is, of course, the 3DS.
I only recently acquired one when my brother had a strange craving for Pokemon and decided to get himself a 3DS. While he was playing it, I was enviously watching on the side. He then decided to treat me with a 3DS of my very own because he didn’t want me to feel left out and he has disposable income coming out of his nipples. So then I played Pokemon White 2 for hours on end and was enjoying every minute of it. Since then I’ve bought various games for the thing that I thoroughly enjoy.
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As I’ve briefly mentioned before, the hardcore gamers aren’t really interested in Nintendo’s products because of their casual nature and the mindset that all their games are “kiddy” games. I should know, I was one of these people. But since experiencing their offerings for myself, I can quite confidently say that I was mistaken. Sure, some of the games I’ve played are of a more casual nature, but they are so surprisingly deep that it doesn’t even matter. I have a few reasons why I think the 3DS is awesome and I will explain them to you now.
This one might be obvious because it’s a portable console, but I genuinely love that I can carry the thing around wherever I go and have a great gaming experience whenever I want. I’ve sat on benches at campus and just played for however long I had to wait for the next class and it really entertained me to the point where the once arduous wait was now something I look forward to. I’ve also taken the thing with me to places where I knew I would be waiting for a long time and the hours would just fade away as I merrily sat there and played.
3DS games cater to my interests in a lot of different ways. I’m a huge fan of JRPG’s and they are in abundance on the system. My absolute favourite of which is Fire Emblem: Awakening. The game is so head spinningly deep and complex that it would silence anyone claiming that Nintendo games aren’t substantial at all. To be able to play my favourite genre on the go is something that I truly wanted without even knowing that I wanted it. There’s also Pokemon. Everybody loves Pokemon.
When I’m not engaged in deep narratives and complex combat systems with Fire Emblem: Awakening, I switch over to simple farm and management games such as Rune Factory 3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. These games were made with relaxation in mind and it really is pleasurable to just lounge around in your bed, planting eggplants and going fishing. It’s a doorway to a serene, blissful world where you can escape your day-to-day problems and just relieve some stress. There are no soul crushing obligations like in real life, but rather a little corner of carefree existence. It’s my personal slice of paradise.
Let’s not forget the fun. The games on offer are so fun that you would just lose hours of your life to them without even realising it. There was a day in my holiday where I just stayed in bed and played Rune Factory 3 the entire day from morning to evening. And I say that with absolutely no shame because I enjoyed myself so much that it all felt worth it. There were also those moments where I had a few minutes to kill and started up Mario Kart 7 and raced a few laps to pass the time. It’s great fun and something I thoroughly enjoy doing.
So those are the reasons why I love my 3DS. I never would have guessed that I would own the system in a million years, but I’m so happy that I do. It’s something that you can’t quite explain without muttering the sentence “you just have to experience it for yourself”. It’s not all sunshine and roses and I have quite a few problems with it such as the short battery life with the 3D games, the interface being clunky and the limited amount of options. It has its faults, but what system doesn’t? All I know is that it has given me so much entertainment and joy in the time that I own it that I can’t help but love it.