Zelda: A Link to the Past sequel announced for 3DS

Nintendo announced a direct successor to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past at its Nintendo Direct conference today. The game is coming this holiday season for the 3DS.

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Nintendo finished its Nintendo Direct conference today with the announcement of a new Zelda game, intended as a direct successor to the SNES classic A Link to the Past. Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime said the game is set in the same world as LTTP, and a peak at the gameplay showed a similar setting and overhead perspective. The game, which lacks a title for the moment, is coming to the 3DS this holiday season.

The game is meant to "reinvigorate the flat 2D world" of LTTP, according to Fils-Aime. It will feature new dungeons, with an emphasis on taking advantage of different height levels. Link was shown activating blocks that flung him to higher levels of the dungeon, for example. Link can also become a drawing and move through the walls of the dungeons, for their own puzzle solutions. A video of the game in action will be available on the eShop later today.

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    April 17, 2013 7:50 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Zelda: A Link to the Past sequel announced for 3DS.

    Nintendo announced a direct successor to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past at its Nintendo Direct conference today. The game is coming this holiday season for the 3DS.

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      April 17, 2013 7:53 AM

      oh. shit.

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      April 17, 2013 7:55 AM

      WHAT, Nintendo stop blowing my mind

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      April 17, 2013 8:01 AM

      never wanted a 3DS, until now.

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        April 17, 2013 8:09 AM

        I have been thinking about grabbing one especially since that Batman metroivania game on it was announced. Now it's almost certain I'm gonna get one

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        April 17, 2013 8:24 AM

        ^^^ this

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        April 17, 2013 8:34 AM

        Really? Just now? It's been kicking ass lately, there has been a steady flow of amazing games.

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          April 17, 2013 9:18 AM

          Luigi's Mansion is awesome.

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            April 17, 2013 10:17 AM

            Yeah, I need to pick that up at some point. I can't pull myself away from Etrian Odyssey IV right now. It's just so damn good.

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        April 17, 2013 9:03 AM

        Same here. I mean I wanted to want one but nothing really stood out. Now. Damn.

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      April 17, 2013 8:05 AM

      I would be happier with a LttP remake but this will do.

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        April 17, 2013 10:39 PM

        The game is already perfect, just go back and play it. Hell, you can probably score an SNES with a copy of Zelda for less than $50 on craigslist.

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      April 17, 2013 8:10 AM

      Eww, that 3D is pretty ugly looking.

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        April 17, 2013 8:15 AM

        I think it's a good step-up and a natural evolution of the 2D style imo. It could look a lot worse.

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          April 17, 2013 8:22 AM

          Really? This looks like a minor step up from the mid 90s Gouraud shading to me. It looks like it's made out of plastic.

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        April 17, 2013 10:03 AM

        I predict a 3DS Lite with a 10-hour battery life in the future.

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      April 17, 2013 8:11 AM

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      April 17, 2013 8:18 AM

      welp.

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      April 17, 2013 8:20 AM

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        April 17, 2013 9:12 AM

        Voucher code accepted, please provide contact details to claim your golden cartridge.

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      April 17, 2013 8:20 AM

      so glad i got a 3ds!!!!!!!!

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        April 17, 2013 8:22 AM

        i am going to have to get one now too bud. i wonder if i should wait for this to come out for maybe a price drop in the XL? if that's unlikely ill prolly get one after i finish up my other two fire emblems. dag.

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          April 17, 2013 12:14 PM

          I' wait. Price might come down by holiday season when it's released. And there might be a unit bundled with the game

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      April 17, 2013 8:22 AM

      I have absolutely no interest in this.

      LTTP might just be my favorite game of all time, and if that team had made a direct sequel on the SNES then I'm sure it would have been amazing. But Nintendo now? I don't see it. I don't trust them to do anything interesting with this at all. Honestly, it feels a bit like desperation.

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        April 17, 2013 8:24 AM

        Hatin', man. Let it be.

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        April 17, 2013 8:27 AM

        Tell us about other things that you're not interested in. Because we have no interest in hearing about that either.

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        April 17, 2013 8:34 AM

        I feel like you haven't been giving N a proper chance then.

        -3DS XL is the system the 3DS should have been, but it's still great
        -NSMB 2 getting some talk
        -Fire Emblem being a system selling like we haven't seen in a while
        -Luigi winning people over out of nowhere
        -The online store is doing some real compelling stuff! I have an RPG that's essentially a board game
        -Etrian Odysee 4 being another surprise

        I've been waiting for a 2D, 3DS native Zelda game for a while. I actually... don't give two whits about LTTP. Played it till I turned into a bunny and got bored. But I think this could be really quite good.

        Plus you know we're going to see a new Advance Wars before too long. Man that's gonna rule.

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          April 17, 2013 8:47 AM

          Isn't NSMB 2 considered the worst Mario game ever made?

          I kind of have to agree, Nintendo just hasn't been very good lately. Fire Emblem was one of the better things to come from them but that was made by Intelligent Systems which is actually one of the most detached Nintendo 1st party development teams. A lot from the core Nintendo group really hasn't been very good for a while now. I do completely admit that the Wii U situation has left me pretty bitter though.

          We'll have to see how this game goes. I find the art style completely horrible already though but maybe some decent gameplay will make up for it, but I'm with Sexpansion Pack here, I don't have a lot of faith in them being able to pull it off right now.

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            April 17, 2013 8:53 AM

            Who didn't like NSMB2? Those people are jerks.

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              April 17, 2013 9:32 AM

              A lot of people didn't, and it's definitely inferior to NSMB:U but I think it's still a good game, just the worst in the NSMB sereis.

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              April 17, 2013 10:33 AM

              I loveNSMB2, but it is widely considered the least imaginative Mario game this side of Lost Levels.

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          April 17, 2013 8:55 AM

          Oh man... 3DS Advance Wars gets me giddy!! I want that!

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          April 17, 2013 9:10 AM

          Ugh, don't tease me with a new Advance Wars...

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            April 17, 2013 10:33 AM

            no doubt. I'll buy that in a second

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        April 17, 2013 1:15 PM

        It's not for you.

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        April 17, 2013 1:24 PM

        u mad bro?

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      April 17, 2013 8:29 AM

      Mother Fucker, now I need a 3DS

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      April 17, 2013 8:29 AM

      huh!!

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      April 17, 2013 8:31 AM

      First time in my life I've consider a handheld. Well played, Nintendo.

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      April 17, 2013 8:34 AM

      fuck i guess i need to buy a 3DS now :(

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      April 17, 2013 8:36 AM

      oh fuck!! I might need to buy a 3DS now!

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      April 17, 2013 8:50 AM

      Someone at work here said there was a price drop coming on the 3DS. Is that true?

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      April 17, 2013 9:02 AM

      No new 2d metroid no sale

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        April 17, 2013 9:07 AM

        They need to have something to show at E3 ;D

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          April 17, 2013 9:11 AM

          Can't wait to see what Retro has been working on.

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            April 17, 2013 9:33 AM

            Part of me hopes it's Metroid, part of me hopes it's another long lost IP (a great Star Fox game would make me go ballistic).

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        April 17, 2013 10:05 AM

        oh that will be announced soon enough

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      April 17, 2013 9:36 AM

      The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Link to the Past.

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      April 17, 2013 9:47 AM

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      April 17, 2013 9:52 AM

      WTF WTF WTF WTF OMG OMG OMG OMG YES YES YES YES FAP FAP FAP FAP !!! !!! !!! !!!

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      April 17, 2013 9:59 AM

      WHAAAAAAATT! Well, I hadn't gotten a 3DS yet despite some excellent games for it, now it's assured. I can't believe they are doing this!

      This will be an amazing year in gaming, guys!

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      April 17, 2013 10:16 AM

      hooooray!!!!

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      April 17, 2013 10:18 AM

      Can you output to a TV from a 3DS?

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        April 17, 2013 10:52 AM

        Not on its own, but there are video out mods now.

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      April 17, 2013 10:21 AM

      I hope it's fun. It can't POSSIBLY live up to the lofty expectations people are going to put on it.

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      April 17, 2013 10:26 AM

      aw shit, now I gotta buy a 3DS XL (don't have a 3DS)

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      April 17, 2013 10:27 AM

      Ok, I just watched the 3D version of the trailer on the 3DS and it looks AWESOME! There is really no question, I will buy this game.

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      April 17, 2013 10:42 AM

      Seeing as I will now need to buy a 3DS... Whats better the 3DS or the 3DS XL?

      I know bigger should be better but I remember seeing some comments that the bigger screen just made everything look more pixelated?

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        April 17, 2013 10:49 AM

        I've owned both and I think the 3DS is superior in every way. Really the only issue is the fact that it's pretty big and heavy and not as easy to carry around. I could never go back to the old one after owning the XL though.

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          April 17, 2013 10:56 AM

          So you think the 3DS is better in every way, but you wouldn't go back to using it after the XL?

          I'm confused :D

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            April 17, 2013 11:06 AM

            He's missing the XL afterwards probably due to an unfortunate edit.

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            April 17, 2013 11:09 AM

            I think he meant to say the XL is superior in every way (which is how I feel after owning both)

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            April 17, 2013 11:15 AM

            Oops. Yeah, meant to say XL. Sorry about that.

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        April 17, 2013 11:06 AM

        XL is pretty unanimously considered the better of the two, I've checked them out both together and couldn't really believe they launched the 3DS so small.

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          April 17, 2013 3:08 PM

          Would this still be true if its primarily for my four year old? Its not to big for small kid hands? Using an snes controller is kina hard for him. I've been thinking of buying a 3ds for him, and zelda seals it!

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        April 17, 2013 11:09 AM

        XL no question.

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        April 17, 2013 11:39 AM

        SUBTHREAD: Do any of you carry your 3DS outside of your house? On a regular basis?

        The XL has a pedometer and that seems neat but it's too big for my pockets and I'm afraid I'd look like a tool having 3DS in public as a grown man.

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          April 17, 2013 11:40 AM

          With the old 3DS I used to carry it around at times, it would easily fit in the back pocket of my jeans. The XL is too big for that (in my opinion). I only carry it in a backpack or one of the big inside pockets of my coat. It is pretty big and heavy.

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          April 17, 2013 11:43 AM

          I see plenty of people with 3DS's on the train, when I get one I'm totally playing the whole ride on the way home, I'll just have to set an alarm to remind me when my stop is coming up.

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          April 17, 2013 12:19 PM

          All the time. Granted I have the og 3DS and not the XL, and this is one of the reasons why. And I don't give a shit if people think of me as a tool when I play my 3DS when i'm out and about. Do they look that way to people playing Angry Birds on their phone all day? or on Facebook?

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            April 17, 2013 2:30 PM

            No, because those are on a phone. Which you would have anyway. For all they know you're texting someone.

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          April 17, 2013 2:42 PM

          What do you have baby hands or do you never put your hands in your pocket? You know what else must be tiny on you then!

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        April 17, 2013 12:23 PM

        3DS XL by far. Bigger screen, longer battery life, and more comfortable to hold imo.

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        April 17, 2013 1:46 PM

        The biggest thing (no pun intended) the XL has over the non-XL is that the top screen is far less reflective.

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      April 17, 2013 10:43 AM

      Awesome except for the fact that vertical puzzles were the least fun ones in a Link to the Past.

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        April 17, 2013 5:23 PM

        Yeah I remember one dungeon u had to fall through the floor to land on a platform on another floor to get the big key or big chest. Oh fuck, I fell down the wrong hole in the floor. Time to take the tedious journey back up and try it again.

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          April 17, 2013 5:31 PM

          Narrow it down. There were a lot of those in LTTP.

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            April 17, 2013 5:48 PM

            Ice Dungeon, Dark World.

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              April 17, 2013 6:08 PM

              definitely the most confusing dungeon in the game. it still trips me up

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            April 18, 2013 12:55 PM

            There were like 2 of them that had this... At least for mandatory objectives. It's possible I'm forgetting some extras like a heart container or something

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      April 17, 2013 10:44 AM

      A Link to the Future?

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      April 17, 2013 10:53 AM

      Zelda: A link to the third dimension

      I win +87 interwebz

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      April 17, 2013 11:10 AM

      Sweet! Kinda wish it was consoles.

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      April 17, 2013 11:16 AM

      shit fuck ass put this on a console!!

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        April 17, 2013 11:24 AM

        That's one thing I really hope Nintendo does a lot of, putting 3DS games on the Wii U eShop or something, not that I won't be getting this for the 3DS once I've gotten one, but that I would love to play some of them on the big screen.

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          April 17, 2013 11:48 AM

          i saw somewhere else in this thread that there are video out mods for 3DS now? a cursory google search seems to show that its a bit complicated. *funny shrug emote*

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          April 17, 2013 12:00 PM

          I'd be willing to bet we get a new Zelda top down on the WiiU. I have a feeling this is going to outsell every Zelda they've made in the past 15 year. Kinda like new super Mario bros did on the DS. It will remind Nintendo people love accessible Zelda that you turn on and it plays no 4 hour tutorials or nothing:)

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            April 17, 2013 12:16 PM

            If they killed the tutorial section for the 3D Zelda's it would make them so much better, I just need to know how to do whatever has changed, not everything that has been there since '98. I've mentioned it before, but there's a particular way they could potentially do a four-swords like zelda game that would make perfect sense on the Wii U that I really really really really hope they do sometime.

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        April 17, 2013 2:06 PM

        this would be good. I doubt it though, they need to move their 3DS's somehow.

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          April 17, 2013 2:15 PM

          Not really, they've got a ton of other titles doing that for them, the Wii U could use this a lot more so than the 3DS.

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      April 17, 2013 11:29 AM

      Aw fuck yes. I better pick up OoT3D now too.

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      April 17, 2013 11:59 AM

      well its about time. thank you nintendo! i guess now ill have to buy a 3ds heheh

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      April 17, 2013 12:13 PM

      WHAT THE

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      April 17, 2013 12:14 PM

      goddamnit now I'm shopping for other 3DS games and I don't even own a 3DS yet

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        April 17, 2013 12:17 PM

        you should get one it is p cool

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          April 17, 2013 2:29 PM

          I almost did because of Fire Emblem, now I definitely will. sigh

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      April 17, 2013 1:17 PM

      Myself and at least two co-workers are gonna buy a 3DS for this.

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      April 17, 2013 2:43 PM

      The Legend of Zelda: The Missing Link.

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      April 17, 2013 5:12 PM

      ITT we learn that Link can still sell hardware.

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      April 17, 2013 6:03 PM

      Not a huge fan of the turn into a drawing on the wall thing, or the constant height change puzzles. Maybe I'm being picky, I just want a straight up Link to the Past game. The other stuff seems like 3D gimmicks.

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      April 17, 2013 7:22 PM

      Day one purchase for me.

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      April 17, 2013 9:34 PM

      Wasn't there already a sequel to this? Link's Awakening? Although that wasn't in the same world but it was a very good Link game.

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      April 17, 2013 10:39 PM

      Just bought a refurb'd 3DS today. I had been tempted when Fire Emblem came out but this put me over the edge, that and I'm deploying in three days. Also I had no idea that:

      Games were in 3D. lol
      It plays DS games.

      I picked up Fire Emblem: Awakening, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (never played any of these), Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (love these games), Ghost Recon Shadow Whatever, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

      Earlier in the thread a lot of you guys recommended the XL, which I looked at, but there didn't seem to be much difference besides $40 and screen size, so I went with the smaller one and got Luigi in that tradeoff. The size doesn't bother me at all, but then again I play GBA games on my micro and that is one tiny motherfucking screen.

      I must say this thing is pretty damned cool. The online store is really neat, I have no idea what the fuck StreetPass is, and I'm trying to find Super Metroid or A Link to the Past on the e-store but it doesn't seem to be here. Must be broken.

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        April 18, 2013 6:37 AM

        StreetPass is a thing where, if you walk on the street with your 3DS in sleep mode, and pass someone else in sleep mode, you can see them as an opponent later. I think. Probably a more useful idea in Japan or a major metropolitan area.

        There's no SNES titles on the 3DS Virtual Console yet. Right now it's just NES and GB/GBC. There's some GBA games for "3DS Ambassadors" but not the rest of us yet (that was a program for people who bought the thing at $249, something of a consolation prize for buying it before they dropped the price to $169)

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        April 18, 2013 6:38 AM

        Also, to clarify, the SNES games you're looking for are on the VC for Wii, but not the VC for 3DS. It's Nintendo. They're weird.

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