I was at my local Gamestop recently and I noticed that Hyrule Warriors Legends has already been released for the 3DS. Since I absolutely love Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U, I thought about picking up this game. However, the associate gave me a warning that I thought I'd share. She said people who have bought the game have stated issues with playing it on their older 3DS models. The game is more suited for the "New 3DS." While I found that to be disappointing, it always wasn't incredibly unexpected.

When I found out that Terraria was coming to the 3DS, I decided to look into it. I read some things on the web and I watched some videos about it. One of the main points I took from all that info was that the game is severely limited by the 3DS's hardware. However, the "New 3DS" has better hardware and more processing power. I think I read or heard that they might make a version for the “New 3DS” or add functionality to that version of the game.

Along with better processing power, the “New 3DS” boasts the following features; face tracking 3D, built-in amiibo support, easy data sharing, better browsing, an improved camera, and new controls including C stick, ZL, and ZR buttons. You can check out more details here: http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/new-nintendo-3ds/

Technical specifications of both hardware models (source: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/997614-nintendo-3ds/70707570):
New 3DS specs:
- ARM11 MPCore 4x @ 268MHz (one reserved for OS)
- 4x VFPv2 Co-Processor (vector processors, like SPEs in PS3)
- Dedicated Hardware Video Decoder
- Seemingly no change to the GPU, clock rate and all

For comparison, the old 3DS specs:
- ARM11 MPCore 2x @ 268MHz (one reseved for OS)
- 2x VFPv2 Co-Processor
- PICA200 GPU @ 268MHz

I should mention that you can get amiibo functionality on the older 3DS systems by purchasing a separate accessory. As for when I'll upgrade to the "new 3DS," I don't honestly know. In a way I'm kind of tired of these constant handheld evolutions. It seems like a new a one is released every few years or so and it's about another near $200 for each one. I already own at least one system for every DS evolution with the exception of the 2DS. I own at least two of many of them, one for me and one for my son.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/04/2016 at 09:02pm

This __REALLY__ stinks for 3DS owners as if a game lists 3DS as supported, you expect it to work pretty well.

With that, I might get a new 3DS this year. There are a couple modern Nintendo handheld games I want to get and it seems like a good time. The New 3DS or 2DS but that wouldn't play some games well according to what you've said here.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 04/04/2016 at 11:50pm

Yeah well, because of this, and what I read about Terraria, I'm very tempted to get a "New 3DSXL", maybe even this year. There's a few things about it, though. They cost about $200 and I think I'd like to get two of them, one for me and one for Vinny. Another thing is that I don't play it that often. Yeah, when Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby came out, I played one of them and so did Vinny. When I got my 3DSXL, I got the Zelda one that came with a download code for A Link Between Worlds, which I played when I got it. I also played and got Luigi's Mansion for the 3DS, which I finished. I also got Animal Crossing, which I haven't played that much. I've played a few different versions of Animal Crossing, though. So, I mean, I can upgrade for this game, but other than that, I'm not sure what else I'd want it for. However, there are new Pokemon games coming out at the end of the year, which I assume now will likely be better on the New 3DS.

Travis   Admin wrote on 04/05/2016 at 01:39am

This is an odd choice on their part, to release an upgraded handheld with higher specs that games can target, basically making a poor experience for the old version.

It seems better for everyone to call it something else and have backwards compatibility.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/05/2016 at 04:30am

> It seems better for everyone to call it something else and have backwards compatibility.

Nintendo has kept the DS moniker for sometime and like you i'd have expected something different. Maybe with the NX we will see that? So many DS revisions!

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 04/06/2016 at 08:11pm

Even the review from Game Informer addresses the performance issue on the game and states that it does work much better on the "New 3DS."

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