3DS Catch-all

I do like Pushmo.

So since I got this thing modded I've been dabbling in a ton of games on it, more than ever before (and I already owned a lot of carts for it). Does the combination of the DS and 3DS culminate in the best handheld library ever? I kinda think it does. I mean the Switch is nice and all but it feels like a lot of games on the DS/3DS are truly innovative.

I'd go PSP/Vita, partly because PSP games on Vita is an upgrade over the original while DS on 3DS does have questions. But mostly because that's where my tastes lie. You can also throw in the PSOne Classics.

Veloxi wrote:

So since I got this thing modded I've been dabbling in a ton of games on it, more than ever before (and I already owned a lot of carts for it). Does the combination of the DS and 3DS culminate in the best handheld library ever? I kinda think it does. I mean the Switch is nice and all but it feels like a lot of games on the DS/3DS are truly innovative.

I agree wholeheartedly. I've had a ridiculous amount of fun with the 3+DS library and some games make great use of the unique hardware. Allow me to count just some of the ways:

Etrian Odyssey: mapping dungeons on virtual graph paper sold the console to me. I still love it.

Knights in the Nightmare: bullet hell meets tactics rpg? Using the touch screen without looking at it? Seeing it in action for the first time looks like pure chaos.

Anything else published by Atlus: probably pretty good, and at minimum it'll be interesting.

Infinite Space: sprawling space epic. Recruit a cast of dozens and assign their roles as crew. Expand and improve your fleet by upgrading ships and fitting Tetris-shaped modules into an allotted space. @Veloxi, have you tried this one?

Puzzle Quest: match-3 rpg. Not an exclusive but it works so well with the touch screen.

Picross: perfect for handheld.

Picross 3D: chip away at voxel cubes to make voxel statues. Really satisfying.

Ghost Trick: fantastic Rube Goldberg-esque puzzler.

Pushmo/Pullblox: sold the 3DS console to me. Fun puzzler and a practical use of stereovision without making it required.

Pocket Card Jockey: what a charmingly weird mashup.

Monster Hunter 3U/4U/Gen: a great series that finally sucked me in. Lots of fond memories of teaming up with fellow goodjers.

Crimson Shroud: roll those dice with your stylus.

Veloxi wrote:

So since I got this thing modded I've been dabbling in a ton of games on it, more than ever before (and I already owned a lot of carts for it). Does the combination of the DS and 3DS culminate in the best handheld library ever? I kinda think it does. I mean the Switch is nice and all but it feels like a lot of games on the DS/3DS are truly innovative.

For my money it's the best, honestly. The GBA was probably the generation where I played the most games, but the DS was a close second. And so many interesting and creative games.

I personally miss that era of game design in general. The art, the kinds of games you made when restricted to what you could do graphically. I just think it's far superior to modern games and even though I love my Switch I spend most of my time playing games from the pre-3D era. And the DS had some of the best.

As to the combination, if you have a hacked 3DS as you do, you get the GBA as well. That, to me, is the best combination of consoles I can imagine.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

I'd go PSP/Vita, partly because PSP games on Vita is an upgrade over the original while DS on 3DS does have questions. But mostly because that's where my tastes lie. You can also throw in the PSOne Classics.

Oh I agree, the Vita is wonderful, especially modded.

Ted wrote:

Infinite Space: sprawling space epic. Recruit a cast of dozens and assign their roles as crew. Expand and improve your fleet by upgrading ships and fitting Tetris-shaped modules into an allotted space. @Veloxi, have you tried this one?

I have, and am currently stuck on it.

DSGamer wrote:

As to the combination, if you have a hacked 3DS as you do, you get the GBA as well. That, to me, is the best combination of consoles I can imagine.

GBA games play so damned well on this thing it's silly. Was playing Car Battler Joe and Mario Golf the other day (possibly my favorite GBA games) and they ran great.

Veloxi wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

As to the combination, if you have a hacked 3DS as you do, you get the GBA as well. That, to me, is the best combination of consoles I can imagine.

GBA games play so damned well on this thing it's silly. Was playing Car Battler Joe and Mario Golf the other day (possibly my favorite GBA games) and they ran great.

Yeah. I started getting into dedicated emulator handhelds and I found a couple that play GBA games as well as the GBA, but with a crisper screen than the 3DS, so that's the way I play these days. But if I didn't, the 3DS would be my go to for GBA games.

DSGamer wrote:
Veloxi wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

As to the combination, if you have a hacked 3DS as you do, you get the GBA as well. That, to me, is the best combination of consoles I can imagine.

GBA games play so damned well on this thing it's silly. Was playing Car Battler Joe and Mario Golf the other day (possibly my favorite GBA games) and they ran great.

Yeah. I started getting into dedicated emulator handhelds and I found a couple that play GBA games as well as the GBA, but with a crisper screen than the 3DS, so that's the way I play these days. But if I didn't, the 3DS would be my go to for GBA games.

Yeah if I didn't already have a modded Vita and 3DS I'd likely pick up one of those dedicated handhelds, they look amazing.

Veloxi wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
Veloxi wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

As to the combination, if you have a hacked 3DS as you do, you get the GBA as well. That, to me, is the best combination of consoles I can imagine.

GBA games play so damned well on this thing it's silly. Was playing Car Battler Joe and Mario Golf the other day (possibly my favorite GBA games) and they ran great.

Yeah. I started getting into dedicated emulator handhelds and I found a couple that play GBA games as well as the GBA, but with a crisper screen than the 3DS, so that's the way I play these days. But if I didn't, the 3DS would be my go to for GBA games.

Yeah if I didn't already have a modded Vita and 3DS I'd likely pick up one of those dedicated handhelds, they look amazing.

For portability they're great. But a new 2DS XL is almost as small and can play 3 generations. Just an incredible deal.

DSGamer wrote:

For portability they're great. But a new 2DS XL is almost as small and can play 3 generations. Just an incredible deal.

Yeah if I didn't already have this 3DS XL I'm so attached to I'd have picked up a 2DS XL, no doubt.

Veloxi wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

For portability they're great. But a new 2DS XL is almost as small and can play 3 generations. Just an incredible deal.

Yeah if I didn't already have this 3DS XL I'm so attached to I'd have picked up a 2DS XL, no doubt.

The only benefit of the 2DS XL is that it's just easier to remove the SD card. That's why I went that way. And so I didn't have to hack my 3DS.

Yeah why is that little door on the 3DS XL such a pain in the ass?

Veloxi wrote:

Yeah why is that little door on the 3DS XL such a pain in the ass?

Oh wait, regular 3DS XL? I thought you had the new 3DS XL. That one is the real pain, because you have to take off the whole back panel with a screwdriver.

DSGamer wrote:
Veloxi wrote:

Yeah why is that little door on the 3DS XL such a pain in the ass?

Oh wait, regular 3DS XL? I thought you had the new 3DS XL. That one is the real pain, because you have to take off the whole back panel with a screwdriver.

Holy sh*t what? So to get to the SD card on a New 3DS XL (I still find that name hilarious) you have to take off the ENTIRE back panel? Geez what a terrible idea.

Veloxi wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
Veloxi wrote:

Yeah why is that little door on the 3DS XL such a pain in the ass?

Oh wait, regular 3DS XL? I thought you had the new 3DS XL. That one is the real pain, because you have to take off the whole back panel with a screwdriver.

Holy sh*t what? So to get to the SD card on a New 3DS XL (I still find that name hilarious) you have to take off the ENTIRE back panel? Geez what a terrible idea.

Yeah.

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Ew.

Veloxi wrote:
Ted wrote:

Infinite Space: sprawling space epic. Recruit a cast of dozens and assign their roles as crew. Expand and improve your fleet by upgrading ships and fitting Tetris-shaped modules into an allotted space. @Veloxi, have you tried this one?

I have, and am currently stuck on it.

I tracked down a copy of it for $5 at GameStop used right as it was going out of print and starting to go up on eBay. Didn't get the manual and original box but still felt like a steal.

Veloxi wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

As to the combination, if you have a hacked 3DS as you do, you get the GBA as well. That, to me, is the best combination of consoles I can imagine.

GBA games play so damned well on this thing it's silly. Was playing Car Battler Joe and Mario Golf the other day (possibly my favorite GBA games) and they ran great.

I don’t have much nostalgia for the Gameboy line so it’s not a big factor for me. DS was the first Nintendo handheld to really capture my interest. Having said that, the modding scene that has sprung up around the GBA Fire Emblem games is cool. I want to check more of them out.

While I had a Game Boy as a kid, I didn’t have another portable system until the 3DS so I’ll probably always remember the line favorably. I ended up with a Vita as well a bit after my 3DS but my rediscovery of portable gaming is tied in my mind with my first 3DS.

DSGamer wrote:
Veloxi wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
Veloxi wrote:

Yeah why is that little door on the 3DS XL such a pain in the ass?

Oh wait, regular 3DS XL? I thought you had the new 3DS XL. That one is the real pain, because you have to take off the whole back panel with a screwdriver.

Holy sh*t what? So to get to the SD card on a New 3DS XL (I still find that name hilarious) you have to take off the ENTIRE back panel? Geez what a terrible idea.

Yeah.

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The only reason why I put a simple FTP client on the NEW 3DS so I can grab small files.

Anyone want to get rid of a 2DS? Looking to get one for my little boy.

The Etrian Odyssey Untold 1 and 2, plus IV. All 3 for a tenner total on 3ds. Worth it?

Picking up some bargains while I can.

I played and liked 4, so I would say that is worth it. I've heard Untold 2 is also very good, but I haven't played it (although I did grab it on a prior sale for a similar price for a similar reason).

Whoa one last good sale?

Bubblefuzz wrote:

The Etrian Odyssey Untold 1 and 2, plus IV. All 3 for a tenner total on 3ds. Worth it?

Picking up some bargains while I can.

Most definitely. Untold is a janky but still fun. It is real easy to duplicate items and drop the challenge a bit.

Stele wrote:

Whoa one last good sale?

Yeah. Picked up a few things...
Devil survivor 2: record breaker
Persona Q shadow of labyrinth
Stella Glow
Culdcept Revolt
All between £3 / £4 each.
And I thought Adventure Bar Story worth a go at a quid or two just because I like those kind of crossover adventuring/management sims.

Maybe adding Etrian Odyssey games to that list too I guess. While I can.

Tucked up in bed with the Covid my pile adding resistance is limited

Stele wrote:

Whoa one last good sale?

there are still sales periodically, particulary from Capcom for MonHun or Resident Evil games. There was also several Picross e games that just went on sale. I'm still hoping for one big blowout before the end to pick up some OG gameboy games.

Sundown wrote:
Stele wrote:

Whoa one last good sale?

there are still sales periodically, particulary from Capcom for MonHun or Resident Evil games. There was also several Picross e games that just went on sale. I'm still hoping for one big blowout before the end to pick up some OG gameboy games.

Yes I might grab some picross too.

Last chance to purchase anything is March right?