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Hi Guys

What do you think about the 3DS. Is it awesome or absolute rubbish.

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As per suggestion, here's a list of everyone's Friend Codes for the 3DS culled from 70-odd pages of posts.

flesk: 3668-7300-2634
Irishmile: 4167-4638-8175
Harold B: 5284-1418-3404
JedExodus: 1289-8200-5637
Jen Kollie: 3652-1134-0177
Secret Fawful: 5198-2523-2237
The Highway: 3695-0084-8559

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  • @Rather Dashing said: ...the DS is the only system between the two that actually has a library with any good titles in it?

    Aye, that's a fair comparison, the DS has been out what, nearly seven years now, 3DS not even six months.

  • @Rather Dashing said: Because playing DS games on a 3DS is inferior to playing DS games on a DS, and the DS is the only system between the two that actually has a library with any good titles in it?

    But you're ignoring the fact that the 3DS screen is still the same size as the DSiXL and people had 0 complaints then. Now they're complaining oversomething so retarded.

  • It can't possibly be because some people didn't have a DSiXL to complain about in the first place, could it...

    That said, I did ask someone who owns an XL DS, and they said it's still better than playing DS games on the 3DS, so clearly the problem can't be as bad on the DS.

    I'm not sure why you're making such a big deal out of this. Yeah, okay I get that the problem may not bother you, but it bothers some people. Each to their own.

  • @JedExodus said: Aye, that's a fair comparison, the DS has been out what, nearly seven years now, 3DS not even six months.


    It's not a "comparison", not in the same way you mean it, anyway. It's a reason not to take advantage of the many DS trade-in programs that could chop off a large portion of the system's price. If it played DS games perfectly, the trade-in(or trade-up) could POSSIBLY be justified. As it is, keeping a hold of the DS is a good idea if you want to actually have some satisfactory gameplay time with a dual screen Nintendo handheld made in the past decade.

  • I'm still running a DSPhat. I'd like to get a DSlite but I don't see the need to go any farther than that right now. I'll get a 3DS for OOT3D and any 3DS games that look good afterwards. I'll not be using it for DS games.

    By the way, does the 3DS play DS games in 3D? Probably not, eh?

  • @MusicallyInspired said: I'm still running a DSPhat. I'd like to get a DSlite but I don't see the need to go any farther than that right now. I'll get a 3DS for OOT3D and any 3DS games that look good afterwards. I'll not be using it for DS games.

    By the way, does the 3DS play DS games in 3D? Probably not, eh?


    Nope, it doesn't.

  • @Rawr said: It can't possibly be because some people didn't have a DSiXL to complain about in the first place, could it...

    That said, I did ask someone who owns an XL DS, and they said it's still better than playing DS games on the 3DS, so clearly the problem can't be as bad on the DS.

    I'm not sure why you're making such a big deal out of this. Yeah, okay I get that the problem may not bother you, but it bothers some people. Each to their own.

    Actually it looks just like it does on the 3DS. My friend was bitching about the 3DS' horrible display of DS games so I put Pokemon in mine and compared it to his DSiXL one. Looked the same.

    Also, at Dashing, they do allow you to run the DS games like they natively should with the DS. Most people just bitch about it because it adds two black bars to the side of your screen. Like how the PS3 does with PS1 or PS2 games, yet no one seems to bitch then.

  • @Elvenmonk said: Actually it looks just like it does on the 3DS. My friend was bitching about the 3DS' horrible display of DS games so I put Pokemon in mine and compared it to his DSiXL one. Looked the same.

    Also, at Dashing, they do allow you to run the DS games like they natively should with the DS. Most people just bitch about it because it adds two black bars to the side of your screen. Like how the PS3 does with PS1 or PS2 games, yet no one seems to bitch then.


    If that is indeed the case, I would have complained just as much to be honest, infact I'd have taken it back to the store and just used my DS lite! The problem is, it is a significant difference in quality between the ds lite and 3ds, having lined up both consoles side by side running the same game. You either have massive black bars, or blur and washed out colours on the 3DS. Fantastic. Both of which you don't get on the DS lite. So yeah, I think I'll stick to using my DS Lite for playing Ds games, thank you very much.

    As for the PS3. You do realise there is an option to make those games fill the entire screen, and with that the game still doesn't suffer from washed out colours like the 3DS seems to have with ds games.

  • @Rawr said: As for the PS3. You do realise there is an option to make those games fill the entire screen, and with that the game still doesn't suffer from washed out colours like the 3DS seems to have with ds games.

    No, but it does stretch the entire image across the screen which looks incredibly tacky. Screw that. Aspect ratio conservation ftw.

  • Who cares about black bars? The 3DS screen has more pixels on it than the DS Lite screen. Either the image is going to be stretched out, or the image is going to be letterboxed. There are literally no other options, given the hardware.

    It would have been really nice if Nintendo had built the 3DS with a resolution that was exactly twice the resolution of the original DS, so it could have perfect pixel scaling with no blurring whatsoever, but then I'd bet dollars to donuts that people would still complain because the DS games look "blocky" or "pixelly." The only way to avoid any change whatsoever would have been to make the 3DS screens exactly the same resolution as the DS's, and that would have been a huge waste of potential.

    Aside from the scaling, there may be some merit to the complaints about the colors being duller, but I feel like that effect has been exaggerated, since I haven't really noticed it in my experience. I just loaded up Ouendan on both my DS Lite and my 3DS in the default scaling mode, with brightness on the highest setting on both devices, and the title screen picture looks pretty much identical on both systems. It does seem like the DS Lite's backlight is slightly brighter overall, so that may skew impressions. Also, the 3DS's brightness settings have a "power saver mode" that you can turn off and on, and that mode makes colors a bit duller across the board. I'd have to check more games to have any real certainty, but my current very unscientific side-by-side test is not picking up any substantial differences.

    Edit: Checking out Mario Kart DS now, since it's a more colorful game. Differences between the systems are still pretty negligible in the large screen mode, and the differences are almost completely nonexistent in letterboxed mode. The only thing I'm noticing is that colors that are already grayish on the DS Lite tend to become ever-so-slightly grayer on the 3DS, like the purplish-blue-gray BG on Mario Kart's menus are becoming a bit more of a regular-blue-gray, especially on the bottom screen. But the bright colors stay bright pretty consistently. I think it might just be the difference in the screen brightness.

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