Nintendo 3ds xl rocks my socks off

Alienware sent my laptop back.  It’s still not working correctly.  Since we had a blizzard over the weekend, I had plenty of chances to test it out.  I am bummed and waiting on a phone call from a case person.  He’s an hour late for our appointment.  This does not bode well…

In the meantime, it’s given me plenty of time to play with the Nintendo 3ds XL Zefflon got me for Christmas.  I am late to the party with this machine.  Really, I avoided it because it seemed like a thing for kids.  We’ve been looking at different options for gaming on days when my body just won’t cooperate, and this is a small machine, light, and it’s just a heck of a lot of fun.

At first, I enjoyed the 3d stuff.  Games render pretty well, and the added perspective is helpful in some games featuring flat landscapes and dungeons.  After about 15 minutes, my eyes can’t take it anymore.  Thankfully, there is a switch on the side to turn everything back to 2d.  I use it.  My eyeballs don’t like 3d land.

The blasted thing is pretty addictive.  I find myself picking it up at the oddest times for a quick run at a something.  We bought 4 games for it.  Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Bravely Default, PersonaQ, and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. 

I’m in love with Animal Crossing for short bursts of gaming.  Maybe 15 minutes or so at a time.  It’s not an in depth game requiring a ton of thought, but it’s enough to let me lose myself in something else when pain is making me nuts, or I am waiting on a phone call and such.

Bravely Default rocks.  Beautiful.  It’s a JRPG, and plays like one.  Nice story, good gameplay, interesting items and magic.  Battles can be hard enough to make me rethink tactics and back out and try again.  It got great reviews, and I can say they were all right. 

I haven’t really played much of the other two.  I want to finish Bravely Default.  I am hooked on finding out what happens.  Plus, I am restoring a village, and I like sitting around building it.  I have no idea why I find this entertaining, but there you go.

I know I should be carrying my 3ds with me everywhere.  I can get ingame items and help for other games from people I pass who have “StreetPass” turned on.  I’ve made Zefflon take me to Best Buy for no other reason than I can pick up at least 3 or 4 people in there.  I even switched out purses to make sure I had room enough to take it anytime we left the house.  Since we have all the snow outside, I can’t really get out in the chair.  He needs to run to the store today.  I think I will make him carry it in his pocket and see if I can con him into going to Best Buy J

There are several mobile style games.  I am doing Pokémon Shuffle at the moment.  It has micro transactions, but I haven’t bought anything.  I am just patient, and play it 5 or ten minutes at a sitting a couple of times a day.

I can’t recommend it enough.  I wish I had bought one many moons ago, and will pay more attention next time.  This will teach me to relegate something to the kiddie category.

Game On!!!