Should You Still Buy a Nintendo 3DS?

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

With the Nintendo Switch launching, one piece of Nintendo hardware that appears to be on the backburner is the 3DS The Switch hopes to be Nintendo’s next home and handheld console, replacing the Wii U and 3DS. So why buy a 3DS if Nintendo looks like it is ready to move on?

It turns out that this is the best time to jump into the 3DS pool. If you are someone who has never owned a 3DS but are curious about owning one, now is the time to do so. Even if you are looking to dust it off your 3DS and explore it even more, this is still the best time. Below are seven reasons why now is the perfect time to start exploring the 3DS and its extensive library. 


All the Nintendo heavy hitters make an appearance on the 3DS. Nintendo’s most popular franchises have 3DS entries. Franchises such as The Legend of Zelda, Pok6mon, Mario Kart, Smash Bros., and Super Mario Bros. all appear on the console. Over 40 Nintendo 3DS titles have sold over a million copies so finding used copies of great titles should not be a problem. The 3DS has one of the most diverse catalogs. Finding a great game is any genre is easy. With a good mix of Western and Japanese titles, any game lover should easily find something perfect for them.

Backward Compatibility

All 305 family of systems (2DS, 3DS, 3DS XL, and New 3DS) can play Nintendo DS games. According to Nintendo of America, there are over t800 titles available for just the Nintendo DS Ever/ one of these game will be able to be played on any 3DS system. The DS has an extensive library of classic and beloved games. Games like Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros., Nintendogs, Brain Age, and Pok6mon Black and White. Even if you do not buy any 3DS games, you will have a lifetime’s worth of just DS games available. 

Future Titles 

One thing Nintendo has always been known for is their support for past consoles and handhelds. Nintendo has pledged future support for the 3DS even after the Switch launch. While the number of new games will likely decrease, you can still trust on Nintendo to develop a number of hit titles. Wth 65 million plus 3DS systems sold, Nintendo will want to keep those owners happy for a while yet. If the 3DSfollows in the footsteps of past handhelds, support from Japanese and independent developers will continue as well. 


The 3DS has undergone a number of changes through the years. There are a number of varieties of 3DS systems and each one has its own price. For someone who wants to buy the newest and best 3DS system, a New Nintendo 3DS can be had for around $199. If you are on a budget, a Nintendo 2DS can be purchased for $99. The cost of the systems is even lower if you decide to buy a used or refurbished. 


The Nintendo 305 was released in 2011. Since then have released a diverse variety of 3DS styles A number of game franchises have had their own special 3DSthemed handhelds. If you are a fan of Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, or Smash Bros, then you can get a special edition 3DS. With a number of Nintendo designed systems, there is plenty of systems to choose from. 

Virtual Console 

One of Nintendo’s biggest strength is its massive back catalog of classic games. Nintendo has hundreds of retro games in its library. Many that are considered some of the greatest of all time. On their Virtual Console service, you can purchase and download many Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo Entertainment System, or Super Nintendo (only if you have a New Nintendo 3DS) games to take anywhere on the go. Virtual Console games even have save state support so you can now save your progress anytime. With 3DS, DS and Virtual Console games, you have thousands of great games available to play. 


If you are someone who likes to open up their devices and put homebrew on them, then the 3DS might be for you. One of the greatest reasons for installing homebrew apps is the addition of new emulators to play. NES, Super Nintendo, Genesis/Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Bob Advance all have emulators available and can be installed. Homebrew can be difficult and mess with your system so cracking your 3DS should only be done if you are extremely comfortable with it. 

If you are still on the fence, wondering if you should jump in and get a 3DS, now is the perfect time. Thanks to backwards compatibility, hundreds of original 3DS games, Virtual Console games and homebrew emulators, you have a seemingly endless supply of games. Even though the Switch is replacing the 3DS, games will continue to be made for years to come making the Nintendo 3DS a must-have handheld.