After Microsoft and Sony both revealed their cards about their upcoming next-gen consoles, the question on the minds of all gamers has been: Xbox One or PlayStation 4? It's a tough question to answer, as both consoles have many pros and cons. But I'd like to offer a third alternative. Microsoft and Sony aren't the only console makers and it would be unfair to totally disregard that other big console maker. Nintendo has been in the video game way longer than either Sony or Microsoft and it already has a kickass console out. Obviously I am talking about this:
The Nintendo 3DS is a severely underrated piece of hardware, especially here in South Africa, where handhelds just don't seem to be a thing. But if you love games, then you really need to be thinking about this as an option. At the moment, the 3DS is available at pretty reasonable prices and it has a broad and eclectic array of games to choose from. In fact Kalahari.com is running a great deal
on the 3DS at the moment, that nabs you the console, a pair quality headphones and brilliant New Super Mario Bros 2
for R1 956.
As always, though, when deciding on a console, your primary reason for getting it should always be what games can you get for it. With that in mind, here are five reasons a to pick up a 3DS.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
You can't talk about a Nintendo console, without bringing up the groups signature character, Mario. New Super Mario Bros. 2
is a great nostalgia-fest echoing the gameplay of the original Super Mario Bros
., but somehow managing to still be modern and engaging. The gameplay is challenging, yet accessible, making it perfect fodder for handhelds. And it doesn't hurt that you can get it for free with a 3DS purchase from Kalahari.com
Project X Zone
For an RPG, even a Japanese one, Project X Zone's story is kind of a mess. But I suppose that is to be expected when you mix over 200 characters from nearly 30 franchises, belonging to three different Japanese game publishers. With a game like Project X Zone, gameplay and fan service is paramount and this game has that in spades. This tactical RPG, brings together characters owned by Namco, Capcom and Sega, so expect to kick around with Ryu, Megaman, and Akira. If you played Resident Evil, Tekken or Space Channel 5, then you'll find more that enough to love about in this game. But it doesn't hurt that the game play isn't too bad either. Oh and remember, even though its spelled Project X Zone, its pronounced Project 'Cross' Zone. Japan right?
Anything Professor Layton
When gaming on the bigger consoles, I often feel that all the games are shooty-shooty-bang-bang. Like, I'm always playing as a tough as nails, muscle-bound 30-something Caucasian male saving the day, the world and the universe. I mean why can't we ever play as an older, more distinguished, top-wearing gentleman, that solves his problems with a touch of mental acuity? Oh wait, on the 3DS you can totally do that. The Professor Layton games are some of the best games ever made, in my opinion, featuring a style of play old time adventure games will go gaga for. Within all the games, Layton is basically a Sherlock Holmes-type character that gets involve in some mystery and has to use his intellect to solve. You really must give it a try.
Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater
And just in case you thought the 3DS is only good for smaller, kiddy-looking games, comes Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater. Widely hailed as the best of the Metal Gear games, Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater brings that classic to the small screen with aplomb. The game is brilliant mix of action and stealth and has some of the greatest boss fights ever put in a game. Not only that, but story-wise, it is also one of the best told tales in a video game bar none.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
I can never get enough Batman and if you're like me then you should be on the look for this upcoming game. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate isn't out yet, though it's due to drop around the same time as Batman: Arkham Origins for the bigger consoles does. It would seem that the game does brilliant job of translating the other Arkham games gameplay style onto a smaller screen, by adding a Metroidvania layer of interaction to the proceedings.
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