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Kotaku Says “The Nintendo 3DS Has Become The Best Gaming Machine Out There”


Despite the slow start and overly expensive price tag, Kotaku believes that the Nintendo 3DS has become the best gaming machine on the market. The publication points out that we’ve had one of the best Mario games out there, we’ve also had the incredible Fire Emblem: Awakening, and the best Resident Evil in a long time. The future is looking bright for the console which was slated shortly after launch by analysts who were convinced the handheld wasn’t relevant due to smartphones and tablets. Sales for the Nintendo 3DS now stand at 30 million worldwide and are sure to be boosted by the games that were announced at today’s Nintendo Direct presentation. Here’s some choice excerpts from the article.

“That’s a lot of name-dropping, but the point is this: the 3DS is impressive, and continues to get more and more impressive as Nintendo does more and more to support it. While it’s always fun to debate over console power and technical specs, the best video game systems are, quite simply, the systems that have the best games. In 2013, that’s the 3DS.”

“The 3DS has followed the same path, and now it’s booming. Sales are great—Nintendo says they’ve moved 30 million of the little buggers worldwide—and the machine has exceeded our expectations by a great deal.”

“Maybe it was the near-death experience that did it.”


99 thoughts on “Kotaku Says “The Nintendo 3DS Has Become The Best Gaming Machine Out There””

  1. Right Now: The Wii U is such a failure it has no games Nintendo is going to die!!!!
    2 Years Later: OMG OMG This is the best gaming system ever!!!!!!

    1. 2 years other systems will come out with actual next gen, wii u will be the Wii all over with gimmick like pad, new systems will be running at even higher resolutions than 1080p making the wii u again look like an snes compared to the current gen. Truth hurts but its what happens when you dont invest in future proofing.

  2. Good to see. I’m loving the 3DS again. My Vita is slowly becoming a dust collector unless Sony does something drastic. Once fire emblem & Pokemon X&Y come out, oh boy, I’ll be kept a bit busy XD

      1. Hopefully. It’s why I’m pretty darn excited for the 20th! :-) Plus Killzone Mercenary will probably be my number 1 Vita game this year :-)

    1. Mario golf! I have been thinking how cool would it be to have a new 1 for the 3ds and Nintendo anounce 1 ? DAMN they know there fans.

  3. in this era of HD Smartphones, Tablets and other gaming devices, it’s incredible that the 3DS is more alive than ever!!!

      1. yep, dedicated gaming handhelds are a very different league, you are right. This just makes me remember that “game” temple run. hahaha WTF? XD everybody just to buy the 3DS and play real games!!! not silly stuff…

      2. Totally agree. There is almost nothing on smart devices keeping me entertained. theyre are just flash games meant for bit size 5 min play. Its obvious people want meaningful deep experience. You pay what you get.

  4. I know!
    New SUPER Mario bros. 2
    Mario kart 7
    Mario and Luigi: Dream team
    Paper Mario: sticker star
    Mario tennis
    Mario golf
    Pokémon X and Y version
    Smash bros. 3ds
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time 3ds
    Star fox 64 3d
    Resident evil: revelation
    Animal crossing: new leaf
    Monster hunter tri Ultimate
    Luigis mansion: Dark moon
    Professor layton
    Kid Icarus uprising
    Fire emblem: Awakening
    Super Mario 3D land
    Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance

    1. *Plus most of those are Nintendo Games. Anyone who says Nintendo can’t hold it’s own without a whole bunch of 3rd-party support is an idiot. Don’t get me wrong though, I still think Nintendo should get 3rd-party support for the Wii U regardless. :P

      1. I know! The I hardly buy third party games…
        Final Fantasy, Golden sun, Dragon Quest and mega man…. Those are my must buy third party games… All other games are like… Nahhh
        But I L O V E all first party 3ds games.

      2. i believe the argument is that nintendo systems dont sell 3rd party games very well which remains true across the systems dating from the gamecube when looking at cross system ports.

    1. Agreed agreed ^ I agree with Kotaku also , The 3DS I litteraly didn’t think much of apart from mesing around with it. Then Ocarina 3D , Mario kart 7 and 3D land launched and shit got serious. Now it’s turning into one of the best systems ever. Not just best HANDHELD but best overall system. I love the 3D my eyes have grown almost addicted to it. And it still looks so impressive.

      My 3DS has recieved hundreds upon hundreds of hours of usage and will get Hundreds more this year and all the other years until its successor.

      I feel more attached to my 3DS than ANY other Nintendo handheld.

    2. You mean “has”. Don’t accuse me of being grammar nazi here; “has” or “had” in this context can mean something totally different. The 3DS hasn’t ended yet.

      1. I saw it and yeah.. It will probably be so. Hopefully he will be easier to find than Waldo on the Mario Party covers.

        But the 3ds is where Nintendo will grab the big money this year.

    1. I deny that the vita sucks. I am by no means a Sony fanboy. It is a good portable console that happens to compete against a system that is better at being a portable console. Not to mention the difference in the amonds of quality titles.

      By that I do not mean the vita doesn’t have any good games. Gravity Rush is extremly good. It makes me happy and gives me the magical feel that a game should give me :)

    2. It is a good system, it’s just that Sony and other developers aren’t doing anything with it. All the system gets is ports and games that you can get on a console for better experience. The price, compared to the 3ds, is not helping it at all either. The only games that interest me is Gravity Rush and Persona 4.

  5. The Wiiu has the potential to be something REALLY REALLY REALLY special. When the 3DS first came out it was OK but it has grown into a different thing all together. I think the WIiu will do exactly the same thing but possibly even better than the 3DS. It won’t sell as much as the 3DS but it will be better :)

    1. i hope so, for some reason nintendo cant make there home system as good as there handhelds, i think its because they sell such more handhelds that others and home consoles other systems get good sales to

      1. Their handhelds urge them to be more creative to make up for lack of graphics and it usualy results in refreshing gameplay experiences.

        I think the wiiu is a massive step in the right direction for Nintendo. The Wii was great , but let’s be honest , it was flawed. The Wiiu’s default controlls are Dual analog and the Off screen play and HD graphics just seem like a huge step back in the hardcore direction.

        Pikmin 3 will be the first tru taste of what the Wii is all about. in the same way Mario 3D land was the first true taste of the 3DS.

        1. yea off tv play is pretty cool, if noa fixes themselves ill be happy, that will fix alot off things,they need to bring every great game over so people can se that theres great exclusives that they can only get here, instead leave fans with there to middle fingers up, but the wii u might change that by seeing that nintendo direct

  6. The 3DS is the best eighth generation console I said when I first started posting on this site mynintendonews. It’s has more games and interactivity it’s practically beautiful. It is also backward compatible with the original DS. Software galore it holds and stays humble :).

  7. Then MONSTER HUNTER 3 ULTIMATE is unveiled for the Wii U and 3DS, cross play. The 3DS is about to lift into greatness it’s younger bro. the Wii U. As before mark my words as I humble myself and respect the humbleness God put in Iwata, Reggie Fils’ Ame, Shibata and Miyamoto. The Wii U shall be bringing joy right along side the 3DS next month onward :).

      1. regigie was awful last generation, besides his character, he sucks and before you jump on that, can you think of any reasons that he does suck, besides jumping on me because im proably the only one on this site that will say this, why do you guys have to stick up for them when noa has been fucking us over and giving us the middle finger, if this wasnt a problem i would not hate on nintendo like i do, this is there only problem really, get rid of reggie, haha, hate you to so much, im going to hear so much shit petheticaly saying that in flull of crap,have fun with your vita then

  8. Virus... who recently fell for Rainbow Dash

    It has impressive graphics, but that’s not the point- he said it has the best games! That’s what matters!
    “While it’s always fun to debate over console power and technical specs, the best video game systems are, quite simply, the systems that have the best games. In 2013, that’s the 3DS.”

  9. The Nintendo 3DS has those of great games like all these.

    Retail Games

    Super Mario 3D Land
    Mario Kart 7
    Mario Tennis Open
    New Super Mario Bros. 2
    Paper Mario: Sticker Star
    Luigi’s Mansion 2
    Mario Golf: World Tour
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
    Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
    Star Fox 64 3D
    Super Pokemon Rumble
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
    Pokemon X and Y
    Kid Icarus: Uprising
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Super Smash Bros.
    Fire Emblem: Awakening
    Pilotwings Resort
    Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
    Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
    Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D
    Dragon Quest VII
    Slime Morimori Dragon Quest 3: Daikaizoku to Shippodan
    Inazuma Eleven GO
    Inazuma Eleven GO 2 Chrono Stone
    Fantasy Life
    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
    Professor Layton vs, Ace Attorney
    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
    Monster Hunter 4
    Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
    Resident Evil: Revelations
    Ace Attorney 5
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
    Code of Princess
    Dead or Alive: Dimensions
    Samurau Warriors: Chronicles
    Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
    Sonic Generations
    Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
    Super Monkey Ball 3D
    Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure
    Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai
    Bit.Trip Saga
    Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
    Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
    Rune Factory 4
    LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins
    Scribblenauts Unlimited
    Tales of the Abyss
    Project X Zone
    Rayman 3D
    Rayman Origins
    Senran Kagura: Shouji Tachi no Shinei
    Senran Kagura Burst: Guren no Shouji Tachi
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
    Shin Meagmi Tensei 4

    Digital Games

    The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave
    Dillon’s Rolling Western
    Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger
    Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword
    Liberation Maiden
    Mighty Switch Force
    Mutant Mudds
    Colors 3D
    Pokedex 3D
    Pokedex 3D Pro
    Pokemon Dream Radar

  10. “The best video game systems are the ones with the best games. ” This quote should be posted EVERYWHERE! I’ve been saying this for years..

  11. I disagree on hardware. I love my 3DS but the pixel density is way too low. IDK know if it’s because of my smartphone but everytime I turn it on my eyes bleed.

  12. But I’ve had the 3DS since launch and have yet to care about it. I only have like 3 games for the 3DS and have only played through one (Super Mario 3D Land). And even that game wasn’t very fun. The 3D is just a gimmick. I don’t even use the 3D most of the time. All of the built-in features are more for little kids. Like Face Raiders (if that’s the name) and the AR Card stuff. And I’ve been waiting SO long for a special edition 3DS XL that I’m losing more and more interest every day.

  13. I never doubted the Nintendo 3DS, while I’m not crazy about the 3D effect, and I was disappointed there was no second circle pad, I had full confidence and full support in the 3DS. I really liked the DSi XL. Although, I like the 3DS for me, I bought the pink DS for my daughter because I’m afraid the 3D will hurt her eyes.

  14. Amaya-Chan (

    This makes me so happy! I love my 3DSXL, and I love how it’s getting all the love it deserves XD

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  16. The 3D gives all games extra depth so I wouldn’t call it a gimmick, I can’t play Kid Icarus Uprsing without the 3D because it doesn’t feel the same.

    1. I always play my games in 3D all the time because when the 3D is off it just doesn’t look right. I think the 3D depth makes the game experience a whole much better especially Kid Icarus: Uprising and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

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