Nintendo of America provided me with a New Nintendo 3DS XL system and games for review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. #3DSKidForADay
I don’t really consider myself a gamer anymore unless you count my die-hard addiction to word games. But I used to be, and while I probably shouldn’t admit this, I was around in the days of pong and when Atari was first released. I, however, never had an Atari. No, we played Pong well into the 80’s when we finally got an Intellivision game system. I was the master of BurgerTime and Snafu. I loved those games and I remember wanting nothing more than to come home and play them.
Fast forward to the Nintendo Entertainment System a few years later from which my obsession with Super Mario Brothers was born and it’s now a legacy I share with my kids. We usually get our Mario fix on our Wii system. We can all play together and it’s really a lot of fun. I love seeing my kids engage with and enjoy the same characters I did when I was young. But they also love playing all of the Mario games on their portable Nintendo DS systems and now, thanks to the Nintendo 3DS XL, I can play along and experience Mario, Luigi, Princess Peace, Yoshi and more on a vibrant 3D screen wherever the mood strikes.
The screen on this thing is amazing, and if the 3D is a little too much for you, you can turn it down with a slider or turn it completely off. It took a little bit to get used to but I think I am actually better at the games with the 3D on. It’s so cool.
This handheld gaming system packs a lot of punch! Not only can you play games on it, you can stream movies and shows on Netflix, Hulu and more when you are connected to Wifi. I love that I can create my own Mii character too, just like on the Wii.
Not a bad likeness!
There is so much we can do with this system and there are game options for every member of the family. My daughter and I enjoy taking turns with Mario Kart 7. She’s better than I am, but that’s ok. I tend to crash into things.
We all enjoy playing Mario Kart 7 and my kids both enjoy the Pokemon Omega Ruby game. I would love to get Super Mario Maker and Snoopy’s Grand Adventure while my kids want Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.
This system is a hot must-have on many Christmas lists this year and it’s perfect for the family that games together!
You can get a Nintendo 3DS XL at Amazon.com and there still is time to get it before Christmas if you hurry.