Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Should we just wait for the 3DS Lite?


Looking at the history of Nintendo handhelds any prospective 3DS buyer surely has to ask himself if it isn't worth waiting for the next superior model? For a 3DS Lite or 3DS SP.

If we look back at Nintendo's handhelds starting with the old grey brick from '89 we see an increasing trend of iterations. Building on the original Game Boy we had the Game Boy Pocket, the favored accessory of the first generation of Pokémon kids. Then we had the Game Boy Color which kinda straddled the line between being its own console and another Game Boy iteration. Sure the games were in color now but that was about the only thing new about the GBC.

After the gimped Game Boy Advanced we got the Game Boy Advanced SP, which thanks to its addition of a backlight made a bunch of previously unplayable GBA games playable. Finally gamers could tell apart the enemies from background in darker games like Castlevania. And we can't forget the Game Boy Advance Micro, which delivered on what the Game Boy Pocket had promised 10 years earlier, a Game Boy small enough to fit in your pocket.

Then we have Nintendo's most successful and maybe therefor also most iterated upon handheld. The Nintendo Dual Screen or maybe it was the Nintendo Developers System, that was never really made clear but the abbreviation DS wasn't hard to remember, not even for Nintendos new market of grandmothers who got their own series of brain training games. They even got their own system, the Nintendo DSi XL, with extra large screens for those who had trouble reading that pesky little text. That one was guaranteed not to fit in anyones pocket.
But before that there were two other iterations. Shortly after the original DS Nintendo put out the Nintendo DS Lite, the version that not only played great games but also looked nice. Then of course there was the Nintendo DSi, which was pretty much a DS Lite only with the GBA functionality removed.

So for the Game Boy we had one maybe two iterations, for the Game Boy Advance we had three and for the DS we had four. Making it very likely we will see an updated version of the 3DS in the not too far off future. When I look at the 3DS launch line up of games I can't say there is anything I just can't wait to play.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think I'll probably hold off on this one for 3-4 years.. I mean I've still got so many games to play for other systems. And you're right, it won't be long before the 3DSiXLMach3Shazam! comes out anyway, complete with less blindness. Or defects of some sort, anyway.

The lineup looks really good but I think it's fairly overrated in general to shell out the money for a system at launch or shortly thereafter.

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