The Nintendo 3DS is an amazing piece of hardware. Not only does it up the processing power in Nintendo's line of DS hardware, but it also brings with it a new online system, StreetPass, SpotPass, and AR compatibility. Oh, and you might have heard that it does glasses-free 3D as well. There are tons of features in Nintendo's newest little handheld, and its recent price drop to $170 might entice you to pick one up this holiday season. But before you bust out the charge card, there are a few things you should consider. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't pick up a Nintendo 3DS this fall.
5. You Don't Like 3D
The Nintendo 3DS has plenty of features, but besides doing 3D, the rest of these go largely unused by a majority of 3DS games. With the exception of the Devil Survivor remake, every single 3DS game uses the 3D feature, and all benefit from using it extensively. Games like Pilotwings Resort and StarFox 64 can be played with the 3D off, but the experience just isn't the same. The glasses-free 3D feature is the main selling point of the 3DS, and if you don't like 3D (or are part of the 10% of the population that can't see 3D) then just leave this console on the shelf.
4. You Enjoy Third-Party Games
This fall, Nintendo is having a big push for the Nintendo 3DS. In the lineup are some pretty heavy hitters, including Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, and Pokémon: Rumble Blast. And what do all these games have in common? They're all Nintendo titles. If you want third-party options, you're limited to an SD port of a Harvest Moon game, the latest Bit.Trip game, a few movie games left over from the summer, and some minigame compilations. If you aren't a hardcore Nintendo fan, you may be unpleasantly surprised by the offerings on the 3DS.
3. M-Rated Games Are Your Favorite
Like the DS before it, the 3DS has almost no M-Rated content. Sure, there's the odd Resident Evil game, but if you are looking to get out of the Mushroom Kingdom or Hyrule in favor of something more gory and visceral, the 3DS just isn't going to float your boat. And if you look at the 3DS' release calendar, that doesn't look likely to change any time soon. With the exception of perhaps Metal Gear Solid 3D (it hasn't been rated yet), there's no Mature content coming to the 3DS at all, which is a shame as the 3D feature could be used to amazing effect in a survival horror or sci-fi shooter game.