When it was first announced, I was resistant to the #New3DS. The improvements to the system were minor, notable improvements, but I had only bought my #3DS XL about a year before. Nothing stood out that convinced me the New 3DS was a must-have system. The improved speed of the system and stereoscopic 3D was nice, but I wasn't unhappy with either of those features on my shiny black 3DS XL.
The C-stick nub was another cool feature, but not a deal-maker. Nintendo claimed there would be exclusive games for the system, but as the months passed, they ended up being few and far between. The 3DS port of Xenoblade Chronicles was somewhat tempting, but not enough for me to take the dive.
It wasn’t until last February, during their Direct video-cast, that I began to give the New 3DS serious consideration. The reason?
Super Nintendo Nostalgia
Suffice it to say, my interest instantly rose. This was something I had been waiting for: Super Nintendo games on the go, on my 3DS. But exclusive to New 3DS? Why? The 3DS is basically a handheld #GameCube. Surely it must have the horsepower to properly emulate 20-year old Super Nintendo games!
Nintendo later insisted the extra power of the New 3DS was necessary to do justice to the emulation of the games. Many, including myself, were skeptical this was truly necessary, and was not Nintendo providing extra incentive for existing 3DS owners to upgrade. It was what it was, though. At least we knew the emulation of the Super Nintendo games would be top-notch.
But would Nintendo actually support the system on Virtual Console? Nintendo's history of supporting the Virtual Console hasn't always been consistent. At times, anything but, as they went long periods of time without releasing any Virtual Console games on previous systems.
Can Nintendo Deliver On Virtual Console? Absolutely
Nintendo wasted no time in releasing some of the most acclaimed and popular games available for Super Nintendo. Within the first month, we got Super Mario World, F-Zero, Pilotwings, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart, and most surprising of all, Earthbound. Wii owners had to wait years for Earthbound to be released on Virtual Console, and 3DS owners got it in the first month of Super Nintendo releases.
That was a good sign for me, as a now potential New 3DS owner. But I still needed to see if Nintendo would remain at least somewhat consistent in their output of games, and not fizzle out like they had in the past. I watched and waited to see what they would do. They didn't disappoint. The games kept coming:
April 14, 2016: The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Metroid
That's three of the best games ever made from the 2D era right there. Impressive, Nintendo. Most impressive.
May 5, 2016: Super Punch-Out
A must-have. Good.
May 19, 2016: Contra III: The Alien Wars
The first third-party game, and a good one. #Konami is on board.
It went on from there with #Capcom releasing all their Super Nintendo #MegaMan games and every version of Street Fighter II they ever released for the system. Granted, Capcom and Konami are the only third-party developers who have really jumped in up to this point, but since Nintendo has indicated the 3DS has plenty of life left in it, there is still time for more #SuperNintendo classics to make an appearance. Are you listening, #SquareEnix?
June 2, 2016: Donkey Kong Country 3
Completing the classic Rare Donkey Kong Country trilogy.
And finally, the game that broke me and convinced me I needed a New 3DS:
September 8, 2016: Super Castlevania IV
OK, Nintendo. You win. Take my money.
Since it was close to the holidays, I decided to wait. But as of this Thanksgiving, I became the proud owner of a New 3DS XL.
So now, here we are about eight months later, in November 2016, and the 3DS has what can only be called an impressive collection of Super Nintendo games for purchase.
If it isn’t obvious by this point, I have a high opinion of the Super Nintendo game library. To me and many other gamers, it represented the pinnacle of the 2D era, and was the last hurrah of 2D gaming before it went into hibernation after Super Mario 64 came out and ushered in the 3D era. The best of what Super Nintendo offers has more than stood the test of time, and since 2D gaming has seen a resurgence in the last 10 years, it has become the gold standard of 2D games, and even many 3D games.
With its addition of Super Nintendo games, the 3DS has become one of my favorite systems of all time. Now, if Nintendo really wanted to get ambitious and start putting #GameBoyAdvance games on the 3DS’s Virtual Console as well, it could take the top spot.
Do you have a New 3DS? Have you partaken of its Super Nintendo goodness? What games do you own for it? Let us know in the comments!