Should I Get A 3DS, 3Ds XL, a PS Vita, or an Nvidia Shield?

Best mobile system:

  • PS Vita

    Votes: 2 12.5%
  • 3DS

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • 3DS XL

    Votes: 11 68.8%
  • Nvidia Shield

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    16
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Aug 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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I can't decide between these. I had a 3ds, but sold it less than a year ago. I have heard that the shield is good, and you can play HL2 and Portal natively on it, but there is a small good game selection as well (I hate most mobile games.) I know that the vita has good graphics, and a decent library too.

So what would you recommend?
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM
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Had never even heard of the Nvidia Sheild until now. But anyhow I've never actually owned a 3DS, but sone friends of mine do and it looks great. Plus the game selection is pretty big.
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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Don't get the regular 3DS, get the XL, mainly because the regular one is tiny as fuck.
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 4:49 PM
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3dsxl is cool if you like paying a lot of money and don't like fitting your handheld in your pocket

The screen isn't tiny on 3dsreg but it'll look smaller if you've used the xl before

The fuck is nvidia shield i thought nvidia was a graphics card
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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The XL is more money, but it is definitely worth it. I've used both versions a lot for at least over a year, and the XL is much better. The bigger screen is just so amazing and you'll hate the normal-sized screen once you play the XL. The battery life is longer, too.
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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The one thing I can say about the 3DS' screen, is that DS games look really small if you use the mode that keeps them in their normal resolution so they look less awful. If they fixed that with the 3DS XL then yeah you should go for that. They did announce a new model of the 3DS recently though so maybe you would want to wait for that.
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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3ds, bravely default best game.
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 5:47 PM
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I actually had to look up what a Nvidia was, go for 3DS XL, Better screen, longer battery life, and the 3DS in general has a good amount of games. The only downside (I think) is that there's going to be more new models for it, (Moar buttons).
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 8:47 PM
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I've got a 3DS myself, and I've never regretted having a small screen... I just found that it was a novelty when I played on a 3DS XL. But still, I guess some people would prefer it. I'd heard of the Nvidia shield before, and I actually thought it looked really really good, until I saw that there weren't very many not-terrible mobile games for it. It looks like a console that probably has potential though. When Smash comes out, I'll definitely be able to see the benefits of having a 3DS over the Nvidia.
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 9:44 PM
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Dunc2403 said:
hold out a month and get the limited edition smash 3DSXL that'll inevitably come out
Almost every single first party game has their own limited edition it seems. But in the meantime (about 3 hours ago) I bought a 3ds XL, which by the way, happened to be limited edition of Dream Team.
 
Aug 31, 2014 at 11:42 PM
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Hold out longer and maybe you can get the "New 3DS" that's coming out with exclusive games.
It's a really stupid business practice, but hey, Xenoblade on a portable is enough to get me buying it.
The system comes with a extra "joystick" and shoulder buttons, complete with extra processing power and all that jazz.
(Also Bravely Default and Bravely Second alone are worth the purchase, Default is one of the best games on system by far.)

The PS Vita, despite having more games than the 3DS (in total), has a miniscule library of games actually worth owning when compared to the latter. But hey, if you like JRPG's then go right on ahead.

From what I've heard, the Shield is everything about the Vita to an extreme.
Crazy good processing power and specs? Check.
Very little third-party support for exclusive games? Check.
 
Sep 1, 2014 at 1:19 AM
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The Vita has my vote. I have a pile of "getting back to one day" games in my bag because there is always that next game that catches my attention and won't let go.
 
Sep 1, 2014 at 4:56 AM
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Nadojin said:
Hold out longer and maybe you can get the "New 3DS"
Funny thing, I was originally gonna get a 3DS XL to replace my current 3DS since it's a bit broken, but then when I found out about the N3DS, I decided to wait until that comes out. Also, I really like the nod to the Super Famicom on the ABXY buttons.
 
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The New 3DS comes out in America next year though... that is a long wait. It is more of what the DSi was to the DS Lite/Phat. An upgrade that makes it slightly better, has very few exclusive games (yes, the DSi had a few exclusives.)
 
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TLincoln said:
Also, I really like the nod to the Super Famicom on the ABXY buttons.
Yep. I might buy it just for that reason alone.
 
Sep 1, 2014 at 6:10 PM
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andwhyisit said:
Yep. I might buy it just for that reason alone.
Colors! But yes, that was a good idea for Nintendo to do: it probably encourages hard core Nintendo fans to buy it.


Also, I have a feeling that the New 3DS will less successful than the 3DS was for Nintendo. My main reason is when people hear the words "The New" right before a product name, they tend to roll eyes. For example, "The New iPad," or after the 80's band, the Cars broke up, the got back together as "The New Cars."

Still, it is definitely an improvement over the original 3DS. And I have heard that it will retail at a lower price, which will help Nintendo out a lot. Still wonder how they are going to fix the Wii U mess though.


Edit: Ooops forgot about New SMB. That sold really well.
 
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Come back next year for the release of the "New-er 3DS".
 
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Well, my XL arrived in the mail today. Everything I wanted (besides screen resolution.)
 
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