Taking the Nintendo 3DS Plunge
Nintendo’s 3DS system is three years old. Although the 3D feature never really impressed me, I love me my Nintendo and the 3DS has proven to be a solid follow-up to the original DS. So I have been open to purchasing a 3DS for quite awhile. However…
When I buy a handheld gaming system, I am very particular about the color. The launch colors are generally horrible, so I always hold out until an “acceptable” edition to my liking becomes available. For example, I upgraded to Game Boy Color when the Pokemon Pikachu edition came out, to Game Boy Advance when the (Japanese) Pokemon Suikune edition came out, to Game Boy Advance SP when the (Japanese) Pokemon Torchic edition came out, and to Nintendo DS Lite when the (UK) green color came out. (I think my original phat Nintendo DS was a standard color, but I had a Pokemon snap-on case to go over it.) As you can see, there’s a bit of a theme.
With the Nintendo 3DS, I hated not only the basic colors that were available, but the glossiness of the system. Blah. That problem was solved when they came out with the Nintendo 3DS XL, which didn’t have the glossiness, but I also wasn’t sold on the larger-size system. And that’s pretty much how it’s been for the last three years. Every once in awhile I’d get the itch to get one and go searching for something newly available, only to find disappointment. That is, until a few weeks ago.
Enter: The Nintendo 3DS XL Yoshi Special Edition.
I knew as soon as I saw it that this was the perfect system for me. Not only is it green, my favorite color, but it has a nice clean graphic of Yoshi on the front with some eggs on the back. ADORABLE. Then I discovered that Nintendo has a promotion where, if you buy a new 3DS and a select game, you get a free download of Pokemon X/Y. And, on top of that, I found a deal on the Toys R Us website where they were giving you a free game with purchase of a system. So I got myself the Yoshi 3DS XL, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7.
But I wasn’t done yet. Getting a new system also means getting stuff to go with it. Namely, stuff to protect it. For me, there are three essentials that go with owning a Nintendo DS of any type: 1) A case to attach directly to the system. 2) A screen protector (bottom screen only). 3) A zipper pouch/case. I hate third party accessories, so I am really particular about getting official, Nintendo-approved items. Luckily, there is a really great company called Hori that makes such things.
Item 1: Clear case cover. Made of clear, flexible plastic in two pieces that fit like a glove over the front and back of the device.
Item 2: Screen protector. A simple, adhesive piece of plastic sized perfectly to fit the 3DS XL screen. Also, a pain in the butt to apply (but so worth it).
Item 3: Zipper pouch/case. There were a lot of good options here, but I eventually went with a Japanese Pokemon Center-exclusive offering.
And hooray! After waiting for all the pieces to arrive from various parts of the country (and one item from Japan), I am now set up and ready to go with my shiny (but not glossy) new Nintendo 3DS XL. Of course, the first thing I did was go into the eShop and buy Virtual Console games. ^_^ I will soon be venturing into the worlds of Animal Crossing and Pokemon!
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