Do you want/have a 3DS, but you are also on a budget, eh? No problems! Sure, the 3DS has been out for less than two years, but there are already options for the more financially conservative gamer. So long as you're willing to buy online.
Currently, there are two versions of the 3DS out: the $170 regular version, which comes with a 2 GB SD Card, and the $200 XL version, which comes with a 4 GB SD Card. All things considered, unless you have a strong preference otherwise, you should probably get the regular version. BUT, there's a catch. You see, Nintendo has prepared a few bundles for the regular 3DS at various points, which allow you to get one of several games. I recommend either the Ocarina of Time bundle or the Fire Emblem or 3D Land bundle, depending on whether you've played Ocarina before. Either way, you'll be getting a high quality portable game for $10 off the regular price.
Alternatively, some of the new XL systems come with a game preloaded, such as Mario Kart 7. These bundles also cost $200. If you are more interested in an XL system, you certianly won't regret picking up a MK7 bundle.
2. Retail Games
Not all games on the 3DS cost $40. Here are some of the less expensive choices that, for $20 or less, will still be worth your time, based on both personal experiences and general review scores.
Some games that cost over $20 new can be bought for cheaper used. If you think used games benefit the industry, consider these cheap used games.
|Title||MetaScore||GameStop Price (New)||GameStop Price (Used)||Amazon Price||Last Updated|
|Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy||71||20||15||12||3/05/2012|
|Bit Trip Saga||75||20||18||11||3/05/2012|
|Dead or Alive: Dimensions||79||30||15||28||3/05/2012|
|Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars||77||20||13||16||3/05/2012|
|Lego Pirates of the Carribean||71||20||15||16||3/05/2012|
|Resident Evil: Revelations||82||20||18||22||3/05/2012|
|Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D||65||40||18||18||3/05/2012|
|Ridge Racer 3D||75||15||10||34||3/05/2012|
|Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition||85||30||15||15||3/05/2012|
3. eShop Goodies
Yes, eShop games are pricy compared to iPhone apps. But a lot of them are actually worth the investment. Besides, you have at least 2GB of free memory on your 3DS. Why not use some of it?
|Art of Balance Touch!||82||7|
|Marvel Pinball 3D||74||8|
|Mighty Switch Force!||79||6|
|Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword||73||7|
|The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave||80||10|
|Zen Pinball 3D||79||7|
4. Virtual Console
Once again, yes these games are overpriced, but they are still worth a few dollars.
5. Game Lengths
Okay, so maybe price isn't your primary concern. But what about value? How long will it these games last? Well, based on info from howlongtobeat.com, we can get some rough estimates on how many hours you can expect to pour into 3DS games.
|Game||Main Campaign||100% Completion|
|Fire Emblem Awakening||36||100|
|Kid icarus: Uprising||11||130|
|Kingdom Hearts 3D||22||43|
|The Legend of Zleda: Ocarina of Time||23||35|
|Mario kart 7||10||39|
|New Super Mario Bros 2||5||19|
|Paper Mario: Sticker Star||18||30|
|Resident Evil: Revelations||9||40|
|Super Mario 3D Land||6||20|
|Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy||5||23|
Now, let's see what you can get for, say, $300, and for fun, let's buy nothing used.
*A brand new 3DS ($200 w/Super Mario 3D Land)
*Super Mario 3D Land/Ocarina of Time 3D (Free with 3DS)
*Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars ($20)
*Pilotwings Resort ($20)
*Bit Trip Saga ($20)
*Tetris Axis ($15)
*Mutant Mudds ($9)
*Link's Awakening DX ($6)
How Long To Beat
Love and tolerate.