Every gamer has his or her favorite memory of their favorite hobby. Someone may remember when they were able to go from the tiger electronic handheld to a PlayStation. Or someone might remember a terrible headache they got from trying to play a game on the virtual boy. One of my favorite memories was with the announcement of the Super Nintendo! I am without a doubt aging myself but it is what it is. Going from the 8-bit generation to the 16-bit generation blew my little child mind. My sister and I would play Super Mario World for hours on end and then they came out with the Mario All-Star collection! For those who don’t know what that is, Google it and come back. You back? Ok, good. I want to talk about something that celebrates that particular point in time with the current generation. Nintendo keeps updating its library for the Nintendo 3DS Consoles and I saw one that really caught my eye, the new SNES model. I bought my 3DS XL when they first came out about 2 years ago. I personally love my 3DS, I rarely use the 3D function on it but I am glad it’s there in case I feel froggy enough to switch it on.
I understand not everyone is in the same camp as me and might not even like something like this. It seems that gaming is really going out of its way to keep tugging at the nostalgia goggles. We have the Nintendo classic, the Super Nintendo classic, Sony announced a PlayStation classic. Now, add those recent systems with all of the other indie games that have been coming out for the past few years and you might have someone who might be a little tired of the retro craze. I don’t fall into that category but there are people out there who do. Let’s talk about what this piece of machinery looks like! Click on the pictures and links below to buy your Nintendo 3DS NES Edition.
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Back To The 90’s
It’s really all about presentation with a lot of things. There are people who might not buy the nicest things in the world solely based on what they look like. On the same token, if you have a really nice aesthetic look to something people will not only buy but they might buy one of which is being sold and another one to keep in the box never to be touched by human hands. I used to be a big collector of Hess trucks and that’s what I would do. Ok, that was when I got older and could appreciate things more but you get the idea. The look of the handheld system perfectly represents the color scheme and design of the original Super Nintendo, the box it even comes in is a tribute to the box the original system came in! Talk about attention to detail. The artwork on the system really pops more on the power and reset buttons though, you can see how the use of shade within the purple make it seem as though you can put your fingers on the switch and turn the system on or reset the game. Pro tip, if you ever play a Super Nintendo game on the OG system and want to mess with the person who is playing by hitting the reset button. Make sure you’re bigger or faster than them. I learned that the hard way growing up and have the scar on my head to prove it!
You might think Nintendo would leave it there as far as details go but no. They pulled out all the stops on this one. When you open the clamshell all the way and turn it around you will see a fully realized Super Nintendo! Just with a few simple lines and well-placed stoppers you can see the image of where the cartridge is supposed to go. The New 3DS XL SNES edition would make your other 90s kid friends pretty jealous with that alone, but what about the inside? When you open up the clamshell and take a look at the actual button layout you will also notice the eye for continuity here. You see, the original SNES controllers were simple in design and had a simple color pallet. Grey, for the body of the controller with purple and light violet colored buttons. Because Nintendo has basically kept the same configuration since that era, it wasn’t hard to put the right color to the right button on the system. For die-hard fans, this is the icing on the cake. As far as aesthetics go, that’s all that can be said about the system. It’s a new 3DS XL with a different coat of paint on it. Depending on how you look at it, it could be exactly what you’re looking for or it could be looked at as another cash grab by the video game overlords. Let’s talk features and tech shall we?
The Heart Of The Matter
I figured I would throw in a 90s reference here with some Don Henley. You’re welcome. Just in case you didn’t catch it, The Heart Of The Matter is a song written and performed by Don Henley from the early 90s. Moving away from bad jokes. This particular 3DS comes with something that most others don’t. A download code for the original Super Mario Kart! If you are getting a little bored of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (I don’t see how you can) and want to see where some of the earlier stages came from this would be right up your alley. The original version and the N64 version arguably have the best battle modes. Once you’re out, you’re out. This would always help build up tension and competition growing up and it’s back for you to enjoy on the go. It’s always good to know you can start a race with friends in one of the best Kart games of its time. Besides being able to play Super Mario Kart you will be able to play all of the 3DS titles, and DS titles as well. The DS titles will not appear in 3D though if you turn that option on.
As always for those who are looking for more detailed info on the specs of the system, you can see them below:
- 3D Display
- Diagonal Size
- Diagonal Size (metric)
- Output Type
- Color Support
16.7 million colors
- Native Resolution
800 x 240
- Touch Screen
- Diagonal Size
- Diagonal Size (metric)
- Color Support
A button, B button, cross control pad, Home button, Left trigger, Right trigger, Select button, Start button, X button, Y button, analog stick
- Supported Flash Memory Cards
SDHC Memory Card
The Nintendo New 3DS XL SNES Edition doesn’t have anything the current models don’t have. It’s heavily geared toward selling one thing above all else and that’s nostalgia. Everything else on the system remains the same as when it first launched. It does what it sets out to do, sell to nostalgia to push more units. Which, from a business standpoint makes sense. If you don’t have the 3DS and are looking to go buy one you might want to have this on your radar. The system itself works really well and the 3D function can be really entertaining in small spurts, especially if you’re playing Zelda A Link Between Worlds.
What did you guys think of this weeks hardware discussion? Do you guys have the Nintendo 3DS? What do you think of the system? I would love to hear from you guys! Until next week everyone, take care.