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- Bundle includes: New Nintendo 3DS, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game via download, one Animal Crossing amiibo card, and two cover plates
- AC Adapter sold separately
- 3D Mode recommended for Ages 7+
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It's the PERFECT combination of form and function. I don't find myself saying "Man, I can barely make so and so out on this screen!" because that's not the case. You can see everything you can see in an XL model just sharper, and a bit more vividly because the resolution isn't upscaled like it is on the XL. Thus, text looks sharp, not a little fuzzy, and jaggies aren't as noticeable as they are on the XL. Two games that really showcase this are Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.
Aside from that, the cover plates are a nice addition, but they're not groundbreaking. Really, what's worth it here is the portability factor. It's nice to just have a 3DS that isn't such a hulking, mammoth beast, but that still feels solid, sturdy, and well-built as all of Nintendo's products. As far as the Animal Crossing game goes, eh, I gave that to my boyfriend. He's really into Animal Crossing and more of the creative type, so he really likes it. Me, well, personally, I don't find the idea of designing and rearranging furniture enticing enough to warrant playing it, but to each his own.
For the people that don't know it, this is the regular size, not the XL version of the new 3DS.
The new 3DS (that is the name). Is a better version of the first 3DS that came out, now it has an stabilizer for better 3D experience so you don't have to hold the system away exactly at 12 inches from your eyes, has better processor so games are faster to load, has a new C-Stick for new games, and of course the NFC reader under the bottom screen making it easier to read Amiibo figures. Also this 3DS size allows to change the face plates so you can personalize it as you please with other plates you can buy.
New 3DS system.(stylus included)
2 different faceplates cover.
1 (Random) Special Amiibo card.
1 Eshop code for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Full game).
Instructions and Manuals.
I attached a picture of a poster with the cards that you can get if you are interested in buying the Amiibo cards, they all come random.
(Poster not included with the system)
As with the Japanese model N3DS you have the changeable faceplates. It's the same standard size as the Japanese models, so any of those will do. I bought this to replace a broken Japanese model, so I just swapped the plates from that to this and it looks much better than the plates that came with it. The plates are the only part with the faces and patterns, so if you swap them out it no longer looks so silly. The actual color of the system itself is a sort of slightly off-white and as someone who normally hates white systems I have to admit that I think it actually looks really good. It's also a matte finish, not the glossy finish of the American XL (oooh, SHINY) so it doesn't gather fingerprints like insane, looks overall nicer (shiny isn't always good,) and is quite considerably easier to hold onto without it actually slipping through your hand like the XL can sometimes do. If you're willing to swap out face plates this system actually looks amazing IMO. With faceplates... Well, a bit silly, but good for a kid maybe. Unless they hate it. (Kids are very polar after all.) Now, interestingly enough, Amazon carries blank faceplates where one can actually doodle on it or something and I suppose a label could be printed and stuck on these (take the faceplate off, stick the label on, and trim around the edges, then put the faceplate back on.) So don't be too concerned about the looks of the stock faceplates.
BTW, I'm fairly certain these have actually been discontinued for a while now. Stock will eventually run out completely, but in the meantime, I don't think any will ever ship with a high firmware (all less than 11.0 I think.) Probably all from now on are going to be the 9.8 that mine shipped with as I doubt they made any past that point. (Presuming the seller doesn't actually open it up, do the initial setup, and then update it or something. But then it wouldn't be "new" anymore once it's opened and used and you could send it back.) The low supply is probably the main reason for the price slowly rising to so much more than the usual XL model. However, if you want an American region N3DS that isn't an XL, this is one of the best options despite the price.
At the time of purchasing this product that was available here was double the price of a standalone japanese or european N3ds
this bundle did come with a $40 game but it was one i didn't want but was strong armed into purchasing if i wanted the smaller sized N3ds
now to the actual product
it comes with 2 sets of face places (both animal crossing related) (a plain white would have been appreciated)
the 3d is noticeably better when compared to the old 3ds
the c-nub is horrible as it gives very little feedback to let you know its actually registering an input (even if it moved like the circle pad that would be a huge improvement despite its size)
IMPORTANT!!! there is NO charger included so make sure to buy one as well if you dont have one that came with an older 3ds