Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

Nintendo is a Japanese video game and game console company. It was founded in Kyoto on September 23, 1889 by businessman Fusajiro Yamauchi. Initially, Nintendo was engaged in the production of Japanese-style playing cards ("Hanafuda"), then the production of children's toys, later focused on arcade machines, and after a while, Nintendo's main profile was formed - video games. By the way, Nintendo still produces playing cards.

Until recently, I knew absolutely nothing about Nintendo, let alone Nintendo 3Ds. No, of course, I heard about the fact that there is such a portable console, sort of like a competitor for the Sony PlayStation Portable and Vita, and that you can play Mario and Zelda on it, but my knowledge in this area was limited to this. And really, with Steam on desktop, where there are tons of interesting games, and the gaming market for smartphones and tablets is growing at a wild pace, it's hard to pay attention to anything else. However, one day I came across a material about the phenomenon of the game Monster Hunter, the article said that this game is incredibly popular in Japan, and I decided to find out what it was all about. Thus began my immersion in the amazing, unusual, non-standard and very strange world of Nintendo, which contrasts with the rest of the gaming industry (in my opinion) extremely strongly.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

In general, I decided to buy the New Nintendo 3DS XL in order to understand what it is and why Nintendo causes such an ambiguous reaction in people, from love and adoration to natural hatred and accusations of excessive conservatism and other sins.

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To begin with, buying a Nintendo 3DS in Russia is not exactly easy. No not like this. Of course, you can easily walk to the nearest MVideo or other large electronics store or type in the name of the console in the Yandex or Google search box, but you will most likely have questions right away. There are four current versions of the console: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL. There is still a 2DS, but that's a slightly different story. So, not only do you better decide before buying which version you want, old or new, with a large screen or with a regular one, you need to understand what you are going to play on the 3DS. Why?

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

New Nintendo 3DS XL: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition

Because games for the Nintendo 3DS are just as expensive as for the "adult" consoles - PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If we now discard indie projects, ports from old consoles, retro games, and we will talk about new toys for the console, then the average price of a Nintendo 3DS game is about 3,000 rubles, and the newest toys sometimes cost under 4,000 rubles . And although there are special offers (when you can buy cool games for less than 2,000 rubles), in general, it seems to me, this does not make it, therefore, not everyone is ready to wait a whole year or more for a certain game to have a discount.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

Legendary Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D game, in Japan the cartridge with the game costs 5,070 yen, in Russia - about 3,000 rubles

And here I come back to the issue of buying a console. The fact is that there are so-called special versions, for example, New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition or New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition. These are consoles with a special design and, importantly, a pre-installed game that will cost you a round sum separately. It is clear that such versions of the console themselves are more expensive than usual ones, but in this case, at least you get the console and the game right away, you don’t need to buy anything else. Personally, I did just that, choosing the option with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate preinstalled. And one more thing - some of the new games (Xenoblade Chronicles 3D) will only go to New Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

The second step is trying to figure out how it all works by turning on the console for the first time. It's hard and I'm not kidding. Believe me, I'm not trying to talk about Nintendo badly or well, but simply describe my impressions. And these are the impressions of a person who has been “communicating” with a variety of technology for more than ten years, is able to more or less understand its superficial features and assemble a PC for himself. So, when I first turned on the 3DS, it was difficult for me. There are two accounts here (one is supposed to be simplified soon), there is a StreetPass system, about which, in a good way, you need to write a separate article or detailed instructions like “how it works”. The main problem is that you need to create an account and link to the console, all games will also be tied to the console (that's the one you bought), and if you lose it, then all the games, technically, will be lost. No, of course, not everything is so scary, if you lose the console, then the games can be restored by writing a letter to Nintendo technical support, but this is, firstly, time, and, secondly, nerves. It is appropriate to recall here that some call the company too conservative. In an age when cloud services are in full swing, and synchronization between devices and different services within the same account or user profile has become commonplace, Nintendo stands apart, and it looks strange.

I think a 268 MHz processor, 10 MB of video memory and only 256 MB of RAM may surprise you. Or the resolution of the main screen, for example, which turns any graphics on the 3DS XL into a grainy canvas. And if you end up turning a blind eye to many of these things by buying a Nintendo (believe me), then personally for me two points still cause negative emotions. The first is a branded charging connector. The trick is that, having bought the console, you will not see the charger in the box, and you will need to buy it separately. Either order a Chinese charger or cable for 5 bucks, or buy an original one for about 700-800 rubles. And it’s not so easy to buy a branded one, you need to order or search in online stores. Not great, right? The second is a very small amount of RAM and especially video memory. These are 256 and 10 MB respectively. The bad thing is that in games you will often see loading, in my favorite Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, for example, the entire map is divided into mini-areas, each of them is literally a minute of running around, if not less. And so I would like to see, if not a seamless world, then at least without such constant uploads every couple of minutes.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

The charger is a handy thing, and a handkerchief with an MH palico

And finally, one more common point - the interface. Nintendo 3DS has an ancient interface, stylus control, and is there anything else to say? In general, from the point of view of the hardware of the console itself, the interface, the possibilities of settings and synchronization, this is the last century. And I'm not talking about the build quality yet, because the Nintendo 3DS is plastic, a dangling half with a screen, a crosspiece walking 2 millimeters in each direction, squeaks and other "joys" of a budget device.

All these hardships, however, are forgotten the moment you launch the game for which you bought the console (and this may be just one game), and this is the whole Nintendo, as far as I understand. In my case, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate became such a game - I turned it on and, as they say, “stuck”. Holding a quite compact gaming console with weak hardware in your hands, you expect to see simple games on it with simple mechanics, something entertaining, well, maybe with an interesting story. But Nintendo 3DS games are on a whole other level. Not only is there a lot of exclusives for the console (including MH4U, by the way), but literally each of them is interesting in its own way. I will focus on the Monster Hunter series, or rather, on the MH4U mentioned above.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

The essence of the game is simple to impossibility - create a character and kill big monsters with it. Everything. And then you start studying games, and gradually you come to an understanding of how interesting the game mechanics are here, how deeply the game world and all the details are worked out. The character does not swing, as in many other games. Yes, you get new equipment and new weapons, and that's how you actually level up your character. Well, plus, you yourself begin to play better, that is, improve your level of play. The game is addictive due to the fact that there is a lot of content. More than a hundred monsters, each completely different from the others, hundreds of types of armor and weapons, different bottles to improve certain characteristics. Imagine Diablo II or Diablo III, where instead of abilities you have to press sticks and buttons on the console, and the difficulty is always high, and instead of going through dungeons with a bunch of monsters, you only move between bosses. This is a very conditional description of MH4U, but, in my opinion, an appropriate one. The best equipment here does not guarantee an easy victory, you need to know the characteristics of a particular monster, its habits, vulnerabilities. The fact that the game does not offer you a bar with the monster's HP adds to the complexity, you yourself must understand how weak it is: by its movements, reactions and other factors. Sounds implausible to play on a handheld console, but it's true. The game is so well designed and has so much content that it's strange to play it somewhere on the road, on the road, you just pick up the Nintendo 3DS in your hands and sit down at home to play MH4U for two, three or more hours. Addictive. Finally, there is multiplayer, more precisely, a cooperative mode, when you can team up with three comrades and complete tasks (kill monsters) together over the network.

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Another serious game is Xenoblade Chronicles, but there are actually quite a few cool games for the Nintendo 3DS, it would be time to play them all and buy them all. Many games for the 3DS are so good, interesting and addictive that you have to play them not only on the road (after all, this is what the portable console was originally designed for), but also at home. This is the Nintendo 3DS phenomenon.

There are several things that sadden me personally in the entire history of the company. The first is Nintendo's conservative approach to its brainchild and to the business in general: the company is moving forward too slowly, and in fact everything but the games themselves is put on the far shelf for implementation “someday”. The second is that the company is not actively promoting its products, and I am now talking about the global market, and not about a specific local representative office, where, on the contrary, work is going on. Here I can be objected, because in some stores, even in Russia, there are special Nintendo demo zones, where you can play, look at games, and so on. But there are few of them (mainly Moscow and St. Petersburg). The downside of this promotion is that the company advertises games to a narrow audience of fans (who already know Nintendo very well) and with such demo zones, attracting children and the so-called "mass" audience.At the same time, I myself learned about Monster Hunter by chance and not at all because of advertising or activity from the company, because in this case I would have heard about the series much earlier than in 2014. That is, I am not a target audience for the company, or I am not such in the eyes of the European divisions of Nintendo. Why do I mention European divisions? Yes, because in Japan itself with advertising and promotion at Nintendo, everything is much better if you look at this situation from the point of view of the user. In the next article, I will show you how the company is represented in one of the shopping centers of the Akihabara district in Tokyo - Yodobashi-Akiba, but for now I will stop and give the floor to my acquaintances and friends, owners of Nintendo 3DS. They have something to say.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

Evgeny Makarov, head of the mobiltelefon.ru portal

I can't say I'm a hardcore Nintendo fan, but I've had, still have and probably will have consoles from the company. If you describe the "big N" portables in one word, then the word "strange" is best suited for them. Strange games (many of which are even strange by Japanese standards), strange design of the console with mediocre assembly, strange ecosystem in which you can’t figure it out without outside help, strange sales system in Russia (more precisely, almost complete absence in retail), strange but patient fans (by the way, why are they offended by “marioboys” in vain).

You can send rays of hatred and hating as much as you like towards the leadership of Nintendo for the clumsy ecosystem and inflated prices for products (in Russia), but all this negativity is more than compensated by the gameplay of games that are not available on any other platform. I play Luigi's Mansion 2, the Professor Layton and Zelda series on my New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition, and plan to someday play the big RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and Monster Hunter. With the previously purchased Nintendo 3DS XL The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Limited Edition, I first abandoned the PlayStation Vita (perhaps one of the most useless purchases in my life), then the iPad mini, and then I stopped being interested in simple toys on a smartphone. Nintendo's signature gaming genes aren't likely to go bad any time soon, but I'd like to see the Japanese company's console ecosystem become simpler and more modern in the future.

Nikita Kupriyanov, author of Age of Geeks.com

When I read the first reviews of the newly released Nintendo 3DS, I thought it was a flop. I had DS and DS Lite, I was waiting for a new console, I was waiting for some kind of breakthrough in performance, in convenience, but I got zilch - the screens are small, there is no operating time - 3 hours (DS reached 10). There were no games that were interesting to me personally at the start either. And for a long time I forgot about the existence of this "portable".

At the end of 2012, I bought a Sony PlayStation Vita, tempted by good "ports" of the classics with PS2 for free, since I already had the PS + service connected at that time. But in 2013 everything changed. Nintendo began to release games for the 3DS, the 3DS XL and 2DS appeared, the platform took off, leaving the Vita abandoned by the manufacturer far behind. And in the fall of 2013, I bought a Nintendo 3DS XL, a limited edition of Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Came to the first Street Pass meeting, met new people. Nintendo has a very strong, welcoming and friendly community. Of course, all people are different, but visiting the "street pass" at least once a week has become a good tradition. Yes, most acquaintances are, as they say, "hatted": say hello, exchange a couple of phrases, perhaps play Mario Kart or Smash Bros. But some grew into good friendships, we even went to Japan with a big group.

When Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate came to Nintendo 3DS, I fell in love with it! I left the games on PC and Sony, and realized that happiness is not in achievements, but in high-quality gameplay. The only game I've been able to play hundreds of hours before is StarCraft/StarCraft2. Wet Curls Wig seemed infinitely long to me! And in Monster Hunter, I didn’t notice how 150 hours flew by, I awakened a real “nerd” in myself and continued to play on! As a result, I played 450 hours. Later came Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I still play it to this day, and the counter has already exceeded 1100 hours. I also play tactical RPGs, jRPGs, platformers, racing, adventures. and you know what's good? What I am always sure in advance: if the game is exclusive to this console, then it is of high quality! That is, this is not some craft that is not worth attention. Yes, maybe it's just not my genre (like interactive novels, for example, or fighting games), but that doesn't make it bad. Now I like 50-100 hour games that you can immerse yourself in, and the Nintendo 3DS can deliver! Moreover, we are talking about games that I will not find on other consoles. Nintendo has somehow always chosen its own path, which is different from other companies, which is great!

Well, this story has a beautiful ending. My love and dedication to the company was noticed and invited to work at Nintendo. For almost a year I was a community manager, and now I am a blogger. Not official, of course, but, nevertheless, with the support of the company, every day I make streams of my favorite games and slowly infect everyone around with my passion! And most importantly, I play every day and a lot of what I really like!

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

Nintendo is a Japanese video game and game console company. It was founded in Kyoto on September 23, 1889 by businessman Fusajiro Yamauchi. Initially, Nintendo was engaged in the production of Japanese-style playing cards ("Hanafuda"), then the production of children's toys, later focused on arcade machines, and after a while, Nintendo's main profile was formed - video games. By the way, Nintendo still produces playing cards.

Until recently, I knew absolutely nothing about Nintendo, let alone Nintendo 3Ds. No, of course, I heard about the fact that there is such a portable console, sort of like a competitor for the Sony PlayStation Portable and Vita, and that you can play Mario and Zelda on it, but my knowledge in this area was limited to this. And really, with Steam on desktop, where there are tons of interesting games, and the gaming market for smartphones and tablets is growing at a wild pace, it's hard to pay attention to anything else. However, one day I came across a material about the phenomenon of the game Monster Hunter, the article said that this game is incredibly popular in Japan, and I decided to find out what it was all about. Thus began my immersion in the amazing, unusual, non-standard and very strange world of Nintendo, which contrasts with the rest of the gaming industry (in my opinion) extremely strongly.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

In general, I decided to buy the New Nintendo 3DS XL in order to understand what it is and why Nintendo causes such an ambiguous reaction in people, from love and adoration to natural hatred and accusations of excessive conservatism and other sins.

p>

To begin with, buying a Nintendo 3DS in Russia is not exactly easy. No not like this. Of course, you can easily walk to the nearest MVideo or other large electronics store or type in the name of the console in the Yandex or Google search box, but you will most likely have questions right away. There are four current versions of the console: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL. There is still a 2DS, but that's a slightly different story. So, not only do you better decide before buying which version you want, old or new, with a large screen or with a regular one, you need to understand what you are going to play on the 3DS. Why?

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

The second step is trying to figure out how it all works by turning on the console for the first time. It's hard and I'm not kidding. Believe me, I'm not trying to talk about Nintendo badly or well, but simply describe my impressions. And these are the impressions of a person who has been “communicating” with a variety of technology for more than ten years, is able to more or less understand its superficial features and assemble a PC for himself. So, when I first turned on the 3DS, it was difficult for me. There are two accounts here (one is supposed to be simplified soon), there is a StreetPass system, about which, in a good way, you need to write a separate article or detailed instructions like “how it works”. The main problem is that you need to create an account and link to the console, all games will also be tied to the console (that's the one you bought), and if you lose it, then all the games, technically, will be lost. No, of course, not everything is so scary, if you lose the console, then the games can be restored by writing a letter to Nintendo technical support, but this is, firstly, time, and, secondly, nerves. It is appropriate to recall here that some call the company too conservative. In an age when cloud services are in full swing, and synchronization between devices and different services within the same account or user profile has become commonplace, Nintendo stands apart, and it looks strange.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

It's 2015, Nintendo released an updated 3DS XL just a year ago, but it still has a resistive secondary screen and a stylus. And nothing, the console sells great!

Now about the console itself. The fact is that the Nintendo 3DS is a very ancient hardware. I'm not exaggerating even the new version, the New Nintendo 3DS, introduced just a year ago (in 2014), is nothing short of a light upgrade. Take a look at the main features of the New Nintendo 3DS XL:

  • 4.88” main display with 400x240 resolution (supports 800x480 3D display)
  • Additional display with a diagonal of 4.18'' and a resolution of 320x240 pixels (touch, resistive)
  • Processor: Quad-core, ARM11, 268 MHz
  • RAM: 256 MB, 10 MB VRAM
  • Built-in memory: 1 GB + slot for a microSD memory card (to be available, you need to remove the battery cover by unscrewing the special screws)
  • Front camera with a resolution of 0.3 MP and two cameras for working with 3D and an augmented reality system (also 0.3 MP each)
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi, NFC, 3.5 mm, proprietary charging port
  • Battery: 1750 mAh (average 3 to 7 hours of play)

I think a 268 MHz processor, 10 MB of video memory and only 256 MB of RAM may surprise you. Or the resolution of the main screen, for example, which turns any graphics on the 3DS XL into a grainy canvas. And if you end up turning a blind eye to many of these things by buying a Nintendo (believe me), then personally for me two points still cause negative emotions. The first is a branded charging connector. The trick is that, having bought the console, you will not see the charger in the box, and you will need to buy it separately. Either order a Chinese charger or cable for 5 bucks, or buy an original one for about 700-800 rubles. And it’s not so easy to buy a branded one, you need to order or search in online stores. Not great, right? The second is a very small amount of RAM and especially video memory. These are 256 and 10 MB respectively. The bad thing is that in games you will often see loading, in my favorite Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, for example, the entire map is divided into mini-areas, each of them is literally a minute of running around, if not less. And so I would like to see, if not a seamless world, then at least without such constant uploads every couple of minutes.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

The charger is a handy thing, and a handkerchief with an MH palico

And finally, one more common point - the interface. Nintendo 3DS has an ancient interface, stylus control, and is there anything else to say? In general, from the point of view of the hardware of the console itself, the interface, the possibilities of settings and synchronization, this is the last century. And I'm not talking about the build quality yet, because the Nintendo 3DS is plastic, a dangling half with a screen, a crosspiece walking 2 millimeters in each direction, squeaks and other "joys" of a budget device.

All these hardships, however, are forgotten the moment you launch the game for which you bought the console (and this may be just one game), and this is the whole Nintendo, as far as I understand. In my case, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate became such a game - I turned it on and, as they say, “stuck”. Holding a quite compact gaming console with weak hardware in your hands, you expect to see simple games on it with simple mechanics, something entertaining, well, maybe with an interesting story. But Nintendo 3DS games are on a whole other level. Not only is there a lot of exclusives for the console (including MH4U, by the way), but literally each of them is interesting in its own way. I will focus on the Monster Hunter series, or rather, on the MH4U mentioned above.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

The essence of the game is simple to impossibility - create a character and kill big monsters with it. Everything. And then you start studying games, and gradually you come to an understanding of how interesting the game mechanics are here, how deeply the game world and all the details are worked out. The character does not swing, as in many other games. Yes, you get new equipment and new weapons, and that's how you actually level up your character. Well, plus, you yourself begin to play better, that is, improve your level of play. The game is addictive due to the fact that there is a lot of content. More than a hundred monsters, each completely different from the others, hundreds of types of armor and weapons, different bottles to improve certain characteristics. Imagine Diablo II or Diablo III, where instead of abilities you have to press sticks and buttons on the console, and the difficulty is always high, and instead of going through dungeons with a bunch of monsters, you only move between bosses. This is a very conditional description of MH4U, but, in my opinion, an appropriate one. The best equipment here does not guarantee an easy victory, you need to know the characteristics of a particular monster, its habits, vulnerabilities. The fact that the game does not offer you a bar with the monster's HP adds to the complexity, you yourself must understand how weak it is: by its movements, reactions and other factors. Sounds implausible to play on a handheld console, but it's true. The game is so well designed and has so much content that it's strange to play it somewhere on the road, on the road, you just pick up the Nintendo 3DS in your hands and sit down at home to play MH4U for two, three or more hours. Addictive. Finally, there is multiplayer, more precisely, a cooperative mode, when you can team up with three comrades and complete tasks (kill monsters) together over the network.

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Another serious game is Xenoblade Chronicles, but there are actually quite a few cool games for the Nintendo 3DS, it would be time to play them all and buy them all. Many games for the 3DS are so good, interesting and addictive that you have to play them not only on the road (after all, this is what the portable console was originally designed for), but also at home. This is the Nintendo 3DS phenomenon.

There are several things that sadden me personally in the entire history of the company. The first is Nintendo's conservative approach to its brainchild and to the business in general: the company is moving forward too slowly, and in fact everything but the games themselves is put on the far shelf for implementation “someday”. The second is that the company is not actively promoting its products, and I am now talking about the global market, and not about a specific local representative office, where, on the contrary, work is going on. Here I can be objected, because in some stores, even in Russia, there are special Nintendo demo zones, where you can play, look at games, and so on. But there are few of them (mainly Moscow and St. Petersburg). The downside of this promotion is that the company advertises games to a narrow audience of fans (who already know Nintendo very well) and with such demo zones, attracting children and the so-called "mass" audience.At the same time, I myself learned about Monster Hunter by chance and not at all because of advertising or activity from the company, because in this case I would have heard about the series much earlier than in 2014. That is, I am not a target audience for the company, or I am not such in the eyes of the European divisions of Nintendo. Why do I mention European divisions? Yes, because in Japan itself with advertising and promotion at Nintendo, everything is much better if you look at this situation from the point of view of the user. In the next article, I will show you how the company is represented in one of the shopping centers of the Akihabara district in Tokyo - Yodobashi-Akiba, but for now I will stop and give the floor to my acquaintances and friends, owners of Nintendo 3DS. They have something to say.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

Evgeny Makarov, head of the mobiltelefon.ru portal

I can't say I'm a hardcore Nintendo fan, but I've had, still have and probably will have consoles from the company. If you describe the "big N" portables in one word, then the word "strange" is best suited for them. Strange games (many of which are even strange by Japanese standards), strange design of the console with mediocre assembly, strange ecosystem in which you can’t figure it out without outside help, strange sales system in Russia (more precisely, almost complete absence in retail), strange but patient fans (by the way, why are they offended by “marioboys” in vain).

You can send rays of hatred and hating as much as you like towards the leadership of Nintendo for the clumsy ecosystem and inflated prices for products (in Russia), but all this negativity is more than compensated by the gameplay of games that are not available on any other platform. I play Luigi's Mansion 2, the Professor Layton and Zelda series on my New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition, and plan to someday play the big RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and Monster Hunter. With the previously purchased Nintendo 3DS XL The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Limited Edition, I first abandoned the PlayStation Vita (perhaps one of the most useless purchases in my life), then the iPad mini, and then I stopped being interested in simple toys on a smartphone. Nintendo's signature gaming genes aren't likely to go bad any time soon, but I'd like to see the Japanese company's console ecosystem become simpler and more modern in the future.

Nikita Kupriyanov, author of Age of Geeks.com

When I read the first reviews of the newly released Nintendo 3DS, I thought it was a flop. I had DS and DS Lite, I was waiting for a new console, I was waiting for some kind of breakthrough in performance, in convenience, but I got zilch - the screens are small, there is no operating time - 3 hours (DS reached 10). There were no games that were interesting to me personally at the start either. And for a long time I forgot about the existence of this "portable".

At the end of 2012, I bought a Sony PlayStation Vita, tempted by good "ports" of the classics with PS2 for free, since I already had the PS + service connected at that time. But in 2013 everything changed. Nintendo began to release games for the 3DS, the 3DS XL and 2DS appeared, the platform took off, leaving the Vita abandoned by the manufacturer far behind. And in the fall of 2013, I bought a Nintendo 3DS XL, a limited edition of Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Came to the first Street Pass meeting, met new people. Nintendo has a very strong, welcoming and friendly community. Of course, all people are different, but visiting the "street pass" at least once a week has become a good tradition. Yes, most acquaintances are, as they say, "hatted": say hello, exchange a couple of phrases, perhaps play Mario Kart or Smash Bros. But some grew into good friendships, we even went to Japan with a big group.

In terms of games... This is my most used console out of almost a dozen. It is compact, always with you and there is always something to play on it. Whether it's the passage of something new or long-playing old. In general, with games from the current generation of consoles, especially if you look only at exclusives, the situation is best with the Nintendo 3DS. The games have been released and continue to be released. Not only new ones, but also reissues of old ones. For example, Sega re-releases its old, well-deserved hits in 3D and with improved graphics. Now I'm playing 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2, I'm nostalgic.

Yana Shcherbitskaya, author of the Time to level Up channel

I got the Nintendo 3DS console a month after the start of sales in Russia, that is, almost immediately. At first, there weren't many games for it, so I played not only on it. However, already in May 2011, I started organizing StreetPass meetings in my city (St. Petersburg) in order to find friends with the same interests and play multiplayer games. At first, 5 people came to such meetings, then 10, and so on. By the way, such meetings are still held weekly, they are attended by up to 50 people regularly, and, importantly, Nintendo knows about them and supports them. And this despite the fact that I already live in Moscow! Moscow also hosts regular StreetPass parties under the auspices of Nintendo, and in 18 other Russian cities, but that's another story!

When Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate came to Nintendo 3DS, I fell in love with it! I left the games on PC and Sony, and realized that happiness is not in achievements, but in high-quality gameplay. The only game I've been able to play hundreds of hours before is StarCraft/StarCraft2. Wet Curls Wig seemed infinitely long to me! And in Monster Hunter, I didn’t notice how 150 hours flew by, I awakened a real “nerd” in myself and continued to play on! As a result, I played 450 hours. Later came Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I still play it to this day, and the counter has already exceeded 1100 hours. I also play tactical RPGs, jRPGs, platformers, racing, adventures. and you know what's good? What I am always sure in advance: if the game is exclusive to this console, then it is of high quality! That is, this is not some kind of craft that is not worth attention. Yes, maybe it's just not my genre (like interactive novels, for example, or fighting games), but that doesn't make it bad. Now I like 50-100 hour games that you can immerse yourself in, and the Nintendo 3DS can deliver! Moreover, we are talking about games that I will not find on other consoles. Nintendo has somehow always chosen its own path, which is different from other companies, which is great!

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

In general, I decided to buy the New Nintendo 3DS XL to understand what it is and why Nintendo causes such an ambiguous reaction in people, from love and adoration to natural hatred and accusations of excessive conservatism and other sins.

p>

To begin with, buying a Nintendo 3DS in Russia is not exactly easy. No not like this. Of course, you can easily walk to the nearest MVideo or other large electronics store or type in the name of the console in the Yandex or Google search box, but you will most likely have questions right away. There are four current versions of the console: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL. There is still a 2DS, but that's a slightly different story. So, not only do you better decide before buying which version you want, old or new, with a large screen or with a regular one, you need to understand what you are going to play on the 3DS. Why?

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

New Nintendo 3DS XL: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition

Because games for the Nintendo 3DS are just as expensive as for the "adult" consoles - PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If we now discard indie projects, ports from old consoles, retro games, and we will talk about new toys for the console, then the average price of a Nintendo 3DS game is about 3,000 rubles, and the newest toys sometimes cost under 4,000 rubles . And although there are special offers (when you can buy cool games for less than 2,000 rubles), in general, it seems to me, this does not make it, therefore, not everyone is ready to wait a whole year or more for a certain game to have a discount.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

Legendary Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D game, in Japan the cartridge with the game costs 5,070 yen, in Russia - about 3,000 rubles

And here I come back to the issue of buying a console. The fact is that there are so-called special versions, for example, New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition or New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition. These are consoles with a special design and, importantly, a pre-installed game that will cost you a round sum separately. It is clear that such versions of the console themselves are more expensive than usual ones, but in this case, at least you get the console and the game right away, you don’t need to buy anything else. Personally, I did just that, choosing the option with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate preinstalled. And one more thing - some of the new games (Xenoblade Chronicles 3D) will only go to New Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

The second step is trying to figure out how it all works by turning on the console for the first time. It's hard and I'm not kidding. Believe me, I'm not trying to talk about Nintendo badly or well, but simply describe my impressions. And these are the impressions of a person who has been “communicating” with a variety of technology for more than ten years, is able to more or less understand its superficial features and assemble a PC for himself. So, when I first turned on the 3DS, it was difficult for me. There are two accounts here (one is supposed to be simplified soon), there is a StreetPass system, about which, in a good way, you need to write a separate article or detailed instructions like “how it works”. The main problem is that you need to create an account and link to the console, all games will also be tied to the console (that's the one you bought), and if you lose it, then all the games, technically, will be lost. No, of course, not everything is so scary, if you lose the console, then the games can be restored by writing a letter to Nintendo technical support, but this is, firstly, time, and, secondly, nerves. It is appropriate to recall here that some call the company too conservative. In an age when cloud services are in full swing, and synchronization between devices and different services within the same account or user profile has become commonplace, Nintendo stands apart, and it looks strange.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

It's 2015, Nintendo released an updated 3DS XL just a year ago, but it still has a resistive secondary screen and a stylus. And nothing, the console sells great!

Now about the console itself. The fact is that the Nintendo 3DS is a very ancient hardware. I'm not exaggerating even the new version, the New Nintendo 3DS, introduced just a year ago (in 2014), is nothing short of a light upgrade. Take a look at the main features of the New Nintendo 3DS XL:

  • 4.88” main display with 400x240 resolution (supports 800x480 3D display)
  • Additional display with a diagonal of 4.18'' and a resolution of 320x240 pixels (touch, resistive)
  • Processor: Quad-core, ARM11, 268 MHz
  • RAM: 256 MB, 10 MB VRAM
  • Built-in memory: 1 GB + slot for a microSD memory card (to be available, you need to remove the battery cover by unscrewing the special screws)
  • Front camera with a resolution of 0.3 MP and two cameras for working with 3D and an augmented reality system (also 0.3 MP each)
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi, NFC, 3.5 mm, proprietary charging port
  • Battery: 1750 mAh (average 3 to 7 hours of play)

I think a 268 MHz processor, 10 MB of video memory and only 256 MB of RAM may surprise you. Or the resolution of the main screen, for example, which turns any graphics on the 3DS XL into a grainy canvas. And if you end up turning a blind eye to many of these things by buying a Nintendo (believe me), then personally for me two points still cause negative emotions. The first is a branded charging connector. The trick is that, having bought the console, you will not see the charger in the box, and you will need to buy it separately. Either order a Chinese charger or cable for 5 bucks, or buy an original one for about 700-800 rubles. And it’s not so easy to buy a branded one, you need to order or search in online stores. Not great, right? The second is a very small amount of RAM and especially video memory. These are 256 and 10 MB respectively. The bad thing is that in games you will often see loading, in my favorite Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, for example, the entire map is divided into mini-areas, each of them is literally a minute of running around, if not less. And so I would like to see, if not a seamless world, then at least without such constant uploads every couple of minutes.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

The charger is a handy thing, and a handkerchief with an MH palico

And finally, one more common point - the interface. Nintendo 3DS has an ancient interface, stylus control, and is there anything else to say? In general, from the point of view of the hardware of the console itself, the interface, the possibilities of settings and synchronization, this is the last century. And I'm not talking about the build quality yet, because the Nintendo 3DS is plastic, a dangling half with a screen, a crosspiece walking 2 millimeters in each direction, squeaks and other "joys" of a budget device.

All these hardships, however, are forgotten the moment you launch the game for which you bought the console (and this may be just one game), and this is the whole Nintendo, as far as I understand. In my case, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate became such a game - I turned it on and, as they say, “stuck”. Holding a quite compact gaming console with weak hardware in your hands, you expect to see simple games on it with simple mechanics, something entertaining, well, maybe with an interesting story. But Nintendo 3DS games are on a whole other level. Not only is there a lot of exclusives for the console (including MH4U, by the way), but literally each of them is interesting in its own way. I will focus on the Monster Hunter series, or rather, on the MH4U mentioned above.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

The essence of the game is simple to impossibility - create a character and kill big monsters with it. Everything. And then you start studying games, and gradually you come to an understanding of how interesting the game mechanics are here, how deeply the game world and all the details are worked out. The character does not swing, as in many other games. Yes, you get new equipment and new weapons, and that's how you actually level up your character. Well, plus, you yourself begin to play better, that is, improve your level of play. The game is addictive due to the fact that there is a lot of content. More than a hundred monsters, each completely different from the others, hundreds of types of armor and weapons, different bottles to increase certain characteristics. Imagine Diablo II or Diablo III, where instead of abilities you have to press sticks and buttons on the console, and the difficulty is always high, and instead of going through dungeons with a bunch of monsters, you only move between bosses. This is a very conditional description of MH4U, but, in my opinion, an appropriate one. The best equipment here does not guarantee an easy victory, you need to know the characteristics of a particular monster, its habits, vulnerabilities. The fact that the game does not offer you a bar with the monster's HP adds to the complexity, you yourself must understand how weak it is: by its movements, reactions and other factors. Sounds implausible to play on a handheld console, but it's true. The game is so well designed and has so much content that it's strange to play it somewhere on the road, on the road, you just pick up the Nintendo 3DS in your hands and sit down at home to play MH4U for two, three or more hours. Addictive. Finally, there is multiplayer, more precisely, a cooperative mode, when you can team up with three comrades and complete tasks (kill monsters) together over the network.

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Another serious game is Xenoblade Chronicles, but there are actually quite a few cool games for the Nintendo 3DS, it would be time to play them all and buy them all. Many games for the 3DS are so good, interesting and addictive that you have to play them not only on the road (after all, this is what the portable console was originally designed for), but also at home. This is the Nintendo 3DS phenomenon.

There are several things that sadden me personally in the entire history of the company. The first is Nintendo's conservative approach to its brainchild and to the business in general: the company is moving forward too slowly, and in fact everything but the games themselves is put on the far shelf for implementation “someday”. The second is that the company is not actively promoting its products, and I am now talking about the global market, and not about a specific local representative office, where, on the contrary, work is going on. Here I can be objected, because in some stores, even in Russia, there are special Nintendo demo zones, where you can play, look at games, and so on. But there are few of them (mainly Moscow and St. Petersburg). The downside of this promotion is that the company advertises games to a narrow audience of fans (who already know Nintendo very well) and with such demo zones, attracting children and the so-called "mass" audience.At the same time, I myself learned about Monster Hunter by chance and not at all because of advertising or activity from the company, because in this case I would have heard about the series much earlier than in 2014. That is, I am not a target audience for the company, or I am not such in the eyes of the European divisions of Nintendo. Why do I mention European divisions? Yes, because in Japan itself with advertising and promotion at Nintendo, everything is much better if you look at this situation from the point of view of the user. In the next article, I will show you how the company is represented in one of the shopping centers of the Akihabara district in Tokyo - Yodobashi-Akiba, but for now I will stop and give the floor to my acquaintances and friends, owners of Nintendo 3DS. They have something to say.

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

Evgeny Makarov, head of the mobiltelefon.ru portal

I can't say I'm a hardcore Nintendo fan, but I've had, still have and probably will have consoles from the company. If you describe the "big N" portables in one word, then the word "strange" is best suited for them. Strange games (many of which are even strange by Japanese standards), strange design of the console with mediocre assembly, strange ecosystem in which you can’t figure it out without outside help, strange sales system in Russia (more precisely, almost complete absence in retail), strange but patient fans (by the way, why are they offended by “marioboys” in vain).

You can send rays of hatred and hating as much as you like towards the leadership of Nintendo for the clumsy ecosystem and inflated prices for products (in Russia), but all this negativity is more than compensated by the gameplay of games that are not available on any other platform. I play Luigi's Mansion 2, the Professor Layton and Zelda series on my New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition, and plan to someday play the big RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and Monster Hunter. With the previously purchased Nintendo 3DS XL The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Limited Edition, I first abandoned the PlayStation Vita (perhaps one of the most useless purchases in my life), then the iPad mini, and then I stopped being interested in simple toys on a smartphone. Nintendo's signature gaming genes aren't likely to go bad any time soon, but I'd like to see the Japanese company's console ecosystem become simpler and more modern in the future.

Nikita Kupriyanov, author of Age of Geeks.com

When I read the first reviews of the newly released Nintendo 3DS, I thought it was a flop. I had DS and DS Lite, I was waiting for a new console, I was waiting for some kind of breakthrough in performance, in convenience, but I got zilch - the screens are small, there is no operating time - 3 hours (DS reached 10). There were no games that were interesting to me personally at the start either. And for a long time I forgot about the existence of this "portable".

At the end of 2012, I bought a Sony PlayStation Vita, tempted by good "ports" of the classics with PS2 for free, since I already had the PS + service connected at that time. But in 2013 everything changed. Nintendo began to release games for the 3DS, the 3DS XL and 2DS appeared, the platform took off, leaving the Vita abandoned by the manufacturer far behind. And in the fall of 2013, I bought a Nintendo 3DS XL, a limited edition of Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Came to the first Street Pass meeting, met new people. Nintendo has a very strong, welcoming and friendly community. Of course, all people are different, but visiting the "street pass" at least once a week has become a good tradition. Yes, most acquaintances are, as they say, "hatted": say hello, exchange a couple of phrases, perhaps play Mario Kart or Smash Bros. But some grew into good friendships, we even went to Japan with a big group.

In terms of games... This is my most used console out of almost a dozen. It is compact, always with you and there is always something to play on it. Whether it's the passage of something new or long-playing old. In general, with games from the current generation of consoles, especially if you look only at exclusives, the situation is best with the Nintendo 3DS. The games have been released and continue to be released. Not only new ones, but also reissues of old ones. For example, Sega re-releases their old, well-deserved hits in 3D and with improved graphics. Now I'm playing 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2, I'm nostalgic.

Yana Shcherbitskaya, author of Time to level Up channel

I got the Nintendo 3DS console a month after the start of sales in Russia, that is, almost immediately. At first, there weren't many games for it, so I played not only on it. However, already in May 2011, I started organizing StreetPass meetings in my city (St. Petersburg) in order to find friends with the same interests and play multiplayer games. At first, 5 people came to such meetings, then 10, and so on. By the way, such meetings are still held weekly, they are attended by up to 50 people regularly, and, importantly, Nintendo knows about them and supports them. And this despite the fact that I already live in Moscow! Moscow also hosts regular StreetPass parties under the auspices of Nintendo, and in 18 other Russian cities, but that's another story!

When Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate came to Nintendo 3DS, I fell in love with it! I left the games on PC and Sony, and realized that happiness is not in achievements, but in high-quality gameplay. The only game I've been able to play hundreds of hours before is StarCraft/StarCraft2. Wet Curls Wig seemed infinitely long to me! And in Monster Hunter, I didn’t notice how 150 hours flew by, I awakened a real “nerd” in myself and continued to play on! As a result, I played 450 hours. Later came Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I still play it to this day, and the counter has already exceeded 1100 hours. I also play tactical RPGs, jRPGs, platformers, racing, adventures. and you know what's good? What I am always sure in advance: if the game is exclusive to this console, then it is of high quality! That is, this is not some kind of craft that is not worth attention. Yes, maybe it's just not my genre (like interactive novels, for example, or fighting games), but that doesn't make it bad. Now I like 50-100 hour games that you can immerse yourself in, and the Nintendo 3DS can deliver! Moreover, we are talking about games that I will not find on other consoles. Nintendo has somehow always chosen its own path, which is different from other companies, which is great!

Well, this story has a beautiful ending. My love and dedication to the company was noticed and invited to work at Nintendo. For almost a year I was a community manager, and now I am a blogger. Not official, of course, but, nevertheless, with the support of the company, every day I make streams of my favorite games and slowly infect everyone around with my passion! And most importantly, I play every day and a lot of what I really like!

Nintendo 3DS Phenomenon

Nintendo is a Japanese video game and game console company. It was founded in Kyoto on September 23, 1889 by businessman Fusajiro Yamauchi. Initially, Nintendo was engaged in the production of Japanese-style playing cards ("Hanafuda"), then the production of children's toys, later focused on arcade machines, and after a while, Nintendo's main profile was formed - video games. By the way, Nintendo still produces playing cards.

Until recently, I knew absolutely nothing about Nintendo, let alone Nintendo 3Ds. No, of course, I heard about the fact that there is such a portable console, sort of like a competitor for the Sony PlayStation Portable and Vita, and that you can play Mario and Zelda on it, but my knowledge in this area was limited to this. And really, with Steam on desktop, where there are tons of interesting games, and the gaming market for smartphones and tablets is growing at a wild pace, it's hard to pay attention to anything else. However, one day I came across a material about the phenomenon of the game Monster Hunter, the article said that this game is incredibly popular in Japan, and I decided to find out what it was all about. Thus began my immersion in the amazing, unusual, non-standard and very strange world of Nintendo, which contrasts with the rest of the gaming industry (in my opinion) extremely strongly.

In general, I decided to buy the New Nintendo 3DS XL in order to understand what it is and why Nintendo causes such an ambiguous reaction in people, from love and adoration to natural hatred and accusations of excessive conservatism and other sins.

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To begin with, buying a Nintendo 3DS in Russia is not exactly easy. No not like this. Of course, you can easily walk to the nearest MVideo or other large electronics store or type in the name of the console in the Yandex or Google search box, but you will most likely have questions right away. There are four current versions of the console: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL. There is still a 2DS, but that's a slightly different story. So, not only do you better decide before buying which version you want, old or new, with a large screen or with a regular one, you need to understand what you are going to play on the 3DS. Why?

New Nintendo 3DS XL: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition

Because games for the Nintendo 3DS are just as expensive as for the "adult" consoles - PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If we now discard indie projects, ports from old consoles, retro games, and we will talk about new toys for the console, then the average price of a Nintendo 3DS game is about 3,000 rubles, and the newest toys sometimes cost under 4,000 rubles . And although there are special offers (when you can buy cool games for less than 2,000 rubles), in general, it seems to me, this does not make it, therefore, not everyone is ready to wait a whole year or more for a certain game to have a discount.

Legendary Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D game, in Japan the cartridge with the game costs 5,070 yen, in Russia - about 3,000 rubles

And here I come back to the issue of buying a console. The fact is that there are so-called special versions, for example, New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition or New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition. These are consoles with a special design and, importantly, a pre-installed game that will cost you a round sum separately. It is clear that such versions of the console themselves are more expensive than usual ones, but in this case, at least you get the console and the game right away, you don’t need to buy anything else. Personally, I did just that, choosing the option with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate preinstalled. And one more thing - some of the new games (Xenoblade Chronicles 3D) will only go to New Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL.

The second step is trying to figure out how it all works by turning on the console for the first time. It's hard and I'm not kidding. Believe me, I'm not trying to talk about Nintendo badly or well, but simply describe my impressions. And these are the impressions of a person who has been “communicating” with a variety of technology for more than ten years, is able to more or less understand its superficial features and assemble a PC for himself. So, when I first turned on the 3DS, it was difficult for me. There are two accounts here (one is supposed to be simplified soon), there is a StreetPass system, about which, in a good way, you need to write a separate article or detailed instructions like “how it works”.The main problem is that you need to create an account and link to the console, all games will also be tied to the console (that's the one you bought), and if you lose it, then all the games, technically, will be lost. No, of course, not everything is so scary, if you lose the console, then the games can be restored by writing a letter to Nintendo technical support, but this is, firstly, time, and, secondly, nerves. It is appropriate to recall here that some call the company too conservative. In an age when cloud services are in full swing, and synchronization between devices and different services within the same account or user profile has become commonplace, Nintendo stands apart, and it looks strange.

It's 2015, Nintendo released an updated 3DS XL just a year ago, but it still has a resistive secondary screen and a stylus. And nothing, the console sells great!

Now about the console itself. The fact is that the Nintendo 3DS is a very ancient hardware. I'm not exaggerating even the new version, the New Nintendo 3DS, introduced just a year ago (in 2014), is nothing short of a light upgrade. Take a look at the main features of the New Nintendo 3DS XL:

  • 4.88” main display with 400x240 resolution (supports 800x480 3D display)
  • Additional display with a diagonal of 4.18'' and a resolution of 320x240 pixels (touch, resistive)
  • Processor: Quad-core, ARM11, 268 MHz
  • RAM: 256 MB, 10 MB VRAM
  • Built-in memory: 1 GB + slot for a microSD memory card (to be available, you need to remove the battery cover by unscrewing the special screws)
  • Front camera with a resolution of 0.3 MP and two cameras for working with 3D and an augmented reality system (also 0.3 MP each)
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi, NFC, 3.5 mm, proprietary charging port
  • Battery: 1750 mAh (average 3 to 7 hours of play)

I think a 268 MHz processor, 10 MB of video memory and only 256 MB of RAM may surprise you. Or the resolution of the main screen, for example, which turns any graphics on the 3DS XL into a grainy canvas. And if you end up turning a blind eye to many of these things by buying a Nintendo (believe me), then personally for me two points still cause negative emotions. The first is a branded charging connector. The trick is that, having bought the console, you will not see the charger in the box, and you will need to buy it separately. Either order a Chinese charger or cable for 5 bucks, or buy an original one for about 700-800 rubles. And it’s not so easy to buy a branded one, you need to order or search in online stores. Not great, right? The second is a very small amount of RAM and especially video memory. These are 256 and 10 MB respectively. The bad thing is that in games you will often see loading, in my favorite Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, for example, the entire map is divided into mini-areas, each of them is literally a minute of running around, if not less. And so I would like to see, if not a seamless world, then at least without such constant uploads every couple of minutes.

The charger is a handy thing, and a handkerchief with an MH palico

And finally, one more common point - the interface. Nintendo 3DS has an ancient interface, stylus control, and is there anything else to say? In general, from the point of view of the hardware of the console itself, the interface, the possibilities of settings and synchronization, this is the last century. And I'm not talking about the build quality yet, because the Nintendo 3DS is plastic, a dangling half with a screen, a crosspiece walking 2 millimeters in each direction, squeaks and other "joys" of a budget device.

All these hardships, however, are forgotten the moment you launch the game for which you bought the console (and this may be just one game), and this is the whole Nintendo, as far as I understand. In my case, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate became such a game - I turned it on and, as they say, “stuck”. Holding a quite compact gaming console with weak hardware in your hands, you expect to see simple games on it with simple mechanics, something entertaining, well, maybe with an interesting story. But Nintendo 3DS games are on a whole other level. Not only is there a lot of exclusives for the console (including MH4U, by the way), but literally each of them is interesting in its own way. I will focus on the Monster Hunter series, or rather, on the MH4U mentioned above.

The essence of the game is simple to impossibility - create a character and kill big monsters with it. Everything. And then you start studying games, and gradually you come to an understanding of how interesting the game mechanics are here, how deeply the game world and all the details are worked out. The character does not swing, as in many other games. Yes, you get new equipment and new weapons, and that's how you actually level up your character. Well, plus, you yourself begin to play better, that is, improve your level of play. The game is addictive due to the fact that there is a lot of content. More than a hundred monsters, each completely different from the others, hundreds of types of armor and weapons, different bottles to improve certain characteristics. Imagine Diablo II or Diablo III, where instead of abilities you have to press sticks and buttons on the console, and the difficulty is always high, and instead of going through dungeons with a bunch of monsters, you only move between bosses. This is a very conditional description of MH4U, but, in my opinion, an appropriate one. The best equipment here does not guarantee an easy victory, you need to know the characteristics of a particular monster, its habits, vulnerabilities. The fact that the game does not offer you a bar with the monster's HP adds to the complexity, you yourself must understand how weak it is: by its movements, reactions and other factors. Sounds implausible to play on a handheld console, but it's true. The game is so well designed and has so much content that it's strange to play it somewhere on the road, on the road, you just pick up the Nintendo 3DS in your hands and sit down at home to play MH4U for two, three or more hours. Addictive. Finally, there is multiplayer, more precisely, a cooperative mode, when you can team up with three comrades and complete tasks (kill monsters) together over the network.

Evgeny Makarov, head of the mobiltelefon.ru portal

I can't say I'm a hardcore Nintendo fan, but I've had, still have and probably will have consoles from the company. If you describe the "big N" portables in one word, then the word "strange" is best suited for them. Strange games (many of which are even strange by Japanese standards), strange design of the console with mediocre assembly, strange ecosystem in which you can’t figure it out without outside help, strange sales system in Russia (more precisely, almost complete absence in retail), strange but patient fans (by the way, why are they offended by “marioboys” in vain).

You can send rays of hatred and hating as much as you like towards the leadership of Nintendo for the clumsy ecosystem and inflated prices for products (in Russia), but all this negativity is more than compensated by the gameplay of games that are not available on any other platform. I play Luigi's Mansion 2, the Professor Layton and Zelda series on my New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition, and plan to someday play the big RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and Monster Hunter. With the previously purchased Nintendo 3DS XL The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Limited Edition, I first abandoned the PlayStation Vita (perhaps one of the most useless purchases in my life), then the iPad mini, and then I stopped being interested in simple toys on a smartphone. Nintendo's signature gaming genes aren't likely to go bad any time soon, but I'd like to see the Japanese company's console ecosystem become simpler and more modern in the future.

Nikita Kupriyanov, author of Age of Geeks.com

When I read the first reviews of the newly released Nintendo 3DS, I thought it was a flop. I had DS and DS Lite, I was waiting for a new console, I was waiting for some kind of breakthrough in performance, in convenience, but I got zilch - the screens are small, there is no operating time - 3 hours (DS reached 10). There were no games that were interesting to me personally at the start either. And for a long time I forgot about the existence of this "portable".

At the end of 2012, I bought a Sony PlayStation Vita, tempted by good "ports" of the classics with PS2 for free, since I already had the PS + service connected at that time. But in 2013 everything changed. Nintendo began to release games for the 3DS, the 3DS XL and 2DS appeared, the platform took off, leaving the Vita abandoned by the manufacturer far behind. And in the fall of 2013, I bought a Nintendo 3DS XL, a limited edition of Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Came to the first Street Pass meeting, met new people. Nintendo has a very strong, welcoming and friendly community. Of course, all people are different, but visiting the "street pass" at least once a week has become a good tradition. Yes, most acquaintances are, as they say, "hatted": say hello, exchange a couple of phrases, perhaps play Mario Kart or Smash Bros. But some grew into good friendships, we even went to Japan with a big group.

In terms of games... This is my most used console out of almost a dozen. It is compact, always with you and there is always something to play on it. Whether it's the passage of something new or long-playing old. In general, with games from the current generation of consoles, especially if you look only at exclusives, the situation is best with the Nintendo 3DS. The games have been released and continue to be released. Not only new ones, but also reissues of old ones. For example, Sega re-releases its old, well-deserved hits in 3D and with improved graphics. Now I'm playing 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2, I'm nostalgic.

Yana Shcherbitskaya, author of the Time to level Up channel

I got the Nintendo 3DS console a month after the start of sales in Russia, that is, almost immediately. At first, there weren't many games for it, so I played not only on it. However, already in May 2011, I started organizing StreetPass meetings in my city (St. Petersburg) in order to find friends with the same interests and play multiplayer games. At first, 5 people came to such meetings, then 10, and so on. By the way, such meetings are still held weekly, they are attended by up to 50 people regularly, and, importantly, Nintendo knows about them and supports them. And this despite the fact that I already live in Moscow! Moscow also hosts regular StreetPass parties under the auspices of Nintendo, and in 18 other Russian cities, but that's another story!

When Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate came to Nintendo 3DS, I fell in love with it! I left the games on PC and Sony, and realized that happiness is not in achievements, but in high-quality gameplay. The only game I've been able to play hundreds of hours before is StarCraft/StarCraft2. Walkthrough Disgaea 3 on Sony PlayStation in 50 hours of Wet Curls Wig seemed infinitely long to me! And in Monster Hunter, I didn’t notice how 150 hours flew by, I awakened a real “nerd” in myself and continued to play on! As a result, I played 450 hours. Later came Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I still play it to this day, and the counter has already exceeded 1100 hours. I also play tactical RPGs, jRPGs, platformers, racing, adventures. and you know what's good? What I am always sure in advance: if the game is exclusive to this console, then it is of high quality! That is, this is not some kind of craft that is not worth attention. Yes, maybe it's just not my genre (like interactive novels, for example, or fighting games), but that doesn't make it bad. Now I like 50-100 hour games that you can immerse yourself in, and the Nintendo 3DS can deliver! Moreover, we are talking about games that I will not find on other consoles. Nintendo has somehow always chosen its own path, which is different from other companies, which is great!

When Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate came to Nintendo 3DS, I fell in love with it! I left the games on PC and Sony, and realized that happiness is not in achievements, but in high-quality gameplay. The only game I've been able to play hundreds of hours before is StarCraft/StarCraft2. Walkthrough Disgaea 3 on Sony PlayStation in 50 hours
Wet Curls Wig Wet Curls Wig seemed to me infinitely long! And in Monster Hunter, I didn’t notice how 150 hours flew by, I awakened a real “nerd” in myself and continued to play on! As a result, I played 450 hours. Later came Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I still play it to this day, and the counter has already exceeded 1100 hours. I also play tactical RPGs, jRPGs, platformers, racing, adventures. and you know what's good? What I am always sure in advance: if the game is exclusive to this console, then it is of high quality! That is, this is not some kind of craft that is not worth attention. Yes, maybe it's just not my genre (like interactive novels, for example, or fighting games), but that doesn't make it bad. Now I like 50-100 hour games that you can immerse yourself in, and the Nintendo 3DS can deliver! Moreover, we are talking about games that I will not find on other consoles. Nintendo has somehow always chosen its own path, which is different from other companies, which is great!

Well, this story has a beautiful ending. My love and dedication to the company was noticed and invited to work at Nintendo. For almost a year I was a community manager, and now I am a blogger. Not official, of course, but, nevertheless, with the support of the company, every day I make streams of my favorite games and slowly infect everyone around with my passion! And most importantly, I play every day and a lot of what I really like!