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Nintendo GBA or 3DS? Which is BEST?

Which is best: the Nintendo GBA or 3DS!? Tough choice, right? To help me answer I asked my friends to weigh in with their opinion! WATCH >> https://youtu.be/SkIFrw_D5Zw

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The Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA) and the Nintendo 3DS represent two distinct eras in handheld gaming, each offering unique experiences to gamers. Released in 2001, the Game Boy Advance was a groundbreaking handheld console that introduced vibrant 2D graphics and a vast library of games to players. With its compact size and long battery life, the GBA became a beloved companion for gaming on the go. Its library boasted iconic titles such as “Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen,” “The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap,” and “Advance Wars,” captivating players with engaging gameplay and nostalgic charm. The GBA’s simplicity and affordability made it accessible to gamers of all ages, solidifying its place as one of Nintendo’s most successful handheld consoles.

In contrast, the Nintendo 3DS, released in 2011, pushed the boundaries of handheld gaming with its innovative glasses-free 3D display and enhanced graphical capabilities. Building upon the success of its predecessor, the Nintendo DS, the 3DS offered backward compatibility with DS games while introducing new features such as StreetPass and SpotPass, fostering social interaction among players. With its extensive library of games spanning diverse genres and its robust online functionality, including the Nintendo eShop, the 3DS provided gamers with a rich and immersive gaming experience. Titles like “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D,” “Fire Emblem: Awakening,” and “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” showcased the system’s capabilities, captivating players with compelling narratives and innovative gameplay mechanics. Overall, while the GBA and 3DS catered to different gaming preferences and technological advancements, both left an indelible mark on the handheld gaming landscape, shaping the way we play and experience games on the go.

Stay online with the Nintendo 3DS and WiiU after today!

On April 8 2024, all Nintendo Network online services for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be shut down, but it does not mean you don’t need to stop playing online games. This is all thanks to Pretendo – the community developed Nintendo Network online replacement which is free and open source for everyone to enjoy. All you need is a hacked 3ds or WiiU and about 30 minutes of your time to get set up. In today’s episode we take a closer look at the Pretendo service and its features.

Top 10 Nintendo 3DS Games

The Top 10 Nintendo 3DS games can vary depending on personal preferences and opinions, but here’s a list of titles that are often considered among the best:

1. “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” – A remastered version of the classic Nintendo 64 title, offering improved graphics and new features for the 3DS.
2. “Pokémon Sun and Moon” (and its enhanced version “Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon”) – Critically acclaimed entries in the Pokémon series featuring new Pokémon, mechanics, and an engaging storyline set in the Alola region.
3. “Super Mario 3D Land” – A platformer that combines the classic 2D side-scrolling gameplay with 3D elements, featuring innovative level design and charming visuals.
4. “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” – A relaxing life simulation game where players manage a village inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, engaging in various activities like fishing, bug catching, and decorating.
5. “Fire Emblem Awakening” – A tactical role-playing game renowned for its deep strategy, compelling characters, and engaging story, which revitalized the Fire Emblem series on the 3DS.
6. “Bravely Default” – A classic-style RPG with modern twists, featuring a unique battle system, rich storytelling, and beautifully crafted visuals.
7. “Mario Kart 7” – The seventh installment in the iconic racing series, offering addictive gameplay, a variety of tracks, and customizable karts.
8. “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” – A challenging action RPG where players hunt down and battle formidable monsters in a vast and immersive world.
9. “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon” – A sequel to the GameCube classic, Luigi’s Mansion, featuring puzzle-solving gameplay and ghost-catching mechanics.
10. “Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask” (and other titles in the Professor Layton series) – Puzzle-adventure games with captivating mysteries, charming characters, and brain-teasing puzzles to solve.

Honorable Mention (personal favorite): Kirby: Planet Robobot. In “Kirby: Planet Robobot,” players join the lovable pink puffball Kirby on an exciting adventure as he faces off against an invading army of robotic enemies threatening Dream Land. Armed with his signature ability to inhale enemies and copy their powers, Kirby sets out to thwart the mechanized menace. This installment introduces the Robobot Armor, a powerful suit that Kirby can pilot to gain new abilities and overcome obstacles with its versatile arsenal. With vibrant visuals, charming characters, and inventive level design, “Kirby: Planet Robobot” offers a delightful blend of classic Kirby gameplay and fresh mechanics, making it a standout entry in the beloved series.

Increasing my Nintendo 3DS Battery Life!

It’s time to take a peek into some of your favourite (and sometimes neglected) electronics and check on those batteries! The Nintendo 3DS debuted in 2011 and, as the years pass these old batteries become outdated and, in some cases, harmful to your system! Thanks for watching as I remove a battery from an aqua blue Nintendo 3DS handheld console and use a replacement rechargeable battery from XYAB to confirm the unit still functions well. These new batteries have a 2000 mAh capacity versus the 1300 mAh capacity found on a Nintendo battery which means this new battery can provide up to 5 hours more gameplay.

The Nintendo 3DS stands as a remarkable handheld gaming device, captivating gamers worldwide with its exceptional features and immersive gameplay experiences. One of its key highlights is the captivating stereoscopic 3D technology, which brings games to life with stunning depth and realism, creating a truly engrossing environment. Its diverse and vast game library caters to all ages and preferences, offering an extensive array of titles ranging from classic franchises to innovative new adventures. The handheld’s portability and compact design allow gamers to enjoy their favorite games anytime, anywhere. Additionally, the 3DS’s StreetPass and SpotPass functionalities enhance social interactions and connectivity, fostering a sense of community among players. With its powerful hardware, inventive gameplay mechanics, and nostalgic charm, the Nintendo 3DS undeniably remains a beloved and unparalleled handheld gaming platform.

The 3DS games I STILL play all the time!

I recently took my 3DS on a trip to Portland Oregon and it got me thinking about all the great 3DS games I still love playing after all these years! Which ones do you still play on the 3DS? Which eShop games do you recommend people pick up before the store gets shut down?


Luigi’s Mansion : Dark Moon

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate


Super Mario 3D Land

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Andro Dunos II

3D Classics: Excitebike

3D Outrun

Siesta Fiesta

Box Boy

Fire Emblem Awakening

Kirby: Planet Robobot


– [Metal Jesus] Hey guys, Metal Jesus here, and I am back again with a new video, this time talking all about the 3DS games I play all the time. You guys know that I love to travel and one of the things I like to do is mix up which handheld I take with me on my trip. Recently I took a road trip down to Portland, Oregon, for the Side Quest Expo, and this time I busted out my 3DS. It had been a couple months since I had messed around with the system, but it got me thinking what some of my favorite games to play on it are. And so I’m gonna share that with you now.

Now, there are two “Luigi’s Mansion” games on the 3DS and both of ’em are very good, but I prefer the sequel, which is “Dark Moon.” This game takes everything that was good about the Game Cube remake and just adds a little bit more spice to it. I love these games. You play as Luigi and you are going around a haunted mansion trying to solve puzzles. You’re doing some ghost-busting. These games are full of charm, they’re full of personality and they play really great. There’s nothing quite like them. I like how they stand on their own. And again, “Dark Moon” on the 3DS is one of my go-to-games.

Next up might be a little bit of a controversial one, least it was I guess when it came out. That is “Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate.” This is the sequel to “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” that came out on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 and the PC. And this is a very different “Castlevania” game. First of all, combat feels very “God of War” like, where it’s slowed down a bit from the classic “Castlevania” game. In here, enemies take several hits to kill and you’ll need to worry about blocking and also dodging more than you typically would in a “Castlevania” game. I’d almost go so far to say that this is kind of like a 2.5 D platforming, beat ’em up. Again, not exactly what longtime “Castlevania” fans were maybe hoping for, but I think it stands on its own. You play as several different characters and I like how it spices up the game and the story a little bit. And this game has amazing 3D visuals, some of the best on the system. There’s a lot of detail and animations in the environment and the depth of field feels really good in this game. It’s something to behold. I think this is a really cool reboot of the “Castlevania” franchise and it’s one I enjoy playing when I do pick up the 3DS.

Next up is “Nano Assault.” So this is a 3D twin stick style shoot ’em up, although it doesn’t actually use that second nub to fire. Instead, you move with the directional pad and then you shoot in the four directions with those A, B, Y, and X buttons. And this is a spiritual successor to “Nanostray” that came out on the DS. That’s also a really fun game, but again, here you just get an updated version with 3D graphics. I like how the levels are round or circular, so you’re spinning around them, which, again, lends itself really well to the 3D visuals. It shows that depth in a really cool way. And this is a hard as nails arcade style shooter that will definitely keep you on your toes, but for me it keeps me coming back time and time again. I wanna beat this game.

This one is a no-brainer. It’s “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.” I’ve talked about this before, but I’ve always loved the “Donkey Kong Country” series, all the way back to the first time that I saw it running in a Toys ‘R’ Us at a demo kiosk. And I just thought it was amazing on the Super Nintendo. And I have to say these platforming games still hold up today. And again, the 3DS version is great. These games are challenging and fun and full of things to find and collect. I mean, they’re a classic for a reason. And like so many other games in this video, the 3D visuals really enhance the gameplay. Instead of just being a gimmick or distracting, you can tell this game was really optimized for the hardware, for the handheld.

Here’s a relatively new game to my 3DS library. I’m gonna try to pronounce it, I think it’s called “Andro Dunos 2.” This is a 3D version of a side scrolling arcade classic shoot ’em up. Normally, one of the things that makes shoot ’em ups so difficult is that there’s just so much going on. Enemies and bullets tend to blend into the background, that scrolling and creating this kind of chaotic mess to just track, right? Here, because you have that 3D effect, well, enemies and bullets are in the foreground, which helps you when you’re trying to play and keep track of everything. It just completely changes the game. Now, that doesn’t mean that this is an easy game, not by a long shot, but the 3D really helps in addition to just being really cool looking. And this game does have a small tutorial and it also has difficulty settings, so it’s very beginner friendly.

Here’s another one that’s a no-brainer. That is “Super Mario 3D Land.” You know, this is a 3D “Mario” game that is, again, is just perfectly designed for the 3DS hardware. The 3D visuals are very nice here. The game will often use them to give you a new path or let you go around things that feel very natural. Now, like a lot of these games, the 3D isn’t required for you to play it, but I do think you get a better experience with it turned on. This game is a nice mix of traditional 2D “Mario” and the more open 3D “Mario” games. And, again, one that I think is just brilliant on the 3DS.

There are a handful of racing games on the 3DS, and you see a couple of ’em here. But for me, the one I keep going back to, the one I think is a real standout is “Asphalt 3D.” This is a traditional arcade racing game and it looks really good, again, especially in 3D. You don’t have to play it in 3D, but I like how it has that depth there. That’s kind of what I’m looking for, right? ‘Cause I’m using it on the handheld, I wanna get that 3D effect. The only downside is that sometimes it does have a little bit of a performance issue. It may not run smoothly 100% of the time, and that’s a real common problem with racing games on the handheld. But, again, I think that “Asphalt 3D” does it right. I really like how the drifting works in this game. Feels very easy to control, even more so than the “Ridge Racer” game on the 3DS. So if you’re looking for an arcade racing game on the 3DS, I do recommend “Asphalt 3D.”

Sega released a bunch of 3D versions of their classic arcade home and console games, including “Shinobi 3,” “Power Drift,” and also “Sonic the Hedgehog.” But for me, it’s the arcade racing game “Outrun” that I think is absolutely brilliant on the 3DS. Giving that extra dimension to a game that is already fun and timeless just adds a little spice to the sauce. Does this game need 3D? No, but it’s better for it.

And speaking of classic games that got the 3D enhancement, you have “Excitebike.” One of my favorite games on the original NES is “Excitebike.” I loved that when it came out, both in the arcade and at home. And when I heard there was gonna be a 3D version, oh, I couldn’t buy this fast enough. And again, like “Outrun” it doesn’t really need the 3D aspect to it, but it is really cool, especially for a game I’ve played for decades now. And, again, just to have a new kind of jazzed-up version of it, I think it’s awesome.

Another eShop digital game that I often am addicted to is “Siesta Fiesta.” Now there have been a lot of “Breakout” and “Arkanoid” clones over the decades, but “Siesta Fiesta” is one of the more original and best in my opinion. Basically this game takes that brick breaking concept and adds a bunch of additional layers of fun and complexity to it. For instance, you can double tap on the lower screen when the ball hits that little bed down there, and then it gives it more power, more juice to go up. And then notice that the screen scrolls, which I think is pretty cool at keeping the game flowing and also the challenge fresh. And like “Arkanoid,” there are a lot of power ups that you can collect and there’s also things to avoid and little secrets to discover. It’s definitely not the deepest game, but, again, sometimes when I am on a handheld, I’m traveling, I just want a quick little fun arcade experience. And this is a really fun one, especially if you have just a few minutes to play.

Another eShop game that I really like is called “Box Boy.” And basically this is a platforming puzzle game where you play as a character that can squeeze out boxes to help you navigate the environment. What’s interesting about this game is that you have a limited number of boxes set at the beginning of each level and then you can configure them almost in like “Tetris” shapes. And this is important when you need to get past a pit or a certain obstacle or try to reach a higher platform. This is definitely a good brain teaser and something that will have you scratching your head trying to solve some of these puzzles. I got stuck a few times, but, again, when you figure it out you definitely feel rewarded for doing so. Like, “Okay, that made sense, that was cool.”

I don’t often talk about tactical role playing games, but I’ve been addicted to several in the past including “Final Fantasy Tactics” on GBA, “Jeanne Dark” on PSP, “The Banner Saga,” “Tactics Ogre” on the PSP and more recently the Switch port, and even “Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance” on the Game Cube. So, I was originally very intrigued when I heard that “Fire Emblem: Awakening” was coming to the 3DS, and now it’s considered a classic. This is the 13th game in a long-running series that now enjoys a lot of popularity. If you aren’t familiar with this type of RPG, well, basically it takes place on a grid and it’s turn-based and then you have multiple characters that you control that have different classes and different personalities, different backstories. And what’s interesting about these games is that often they raise the stakes of combat by making character death permanent. So again, you get attached to ’em, and then they could actually die for real in the game and you can’t use ’em anymore. But they did introduce a casual mode, if that’s a little bit too much stress for you, which is a nice option. These type of RPGs are not gonna be for everybody, especially if you prefer more, you know, faster pace action combat. But, I sometimes really enjoy the kind of thoughtful nature of these games. And “Awakening” is a great one. It is highly recommended.

I also can’t forget about what is my favorite game on the 3DS and that is “Kirby: Planet Robobot.” I’m sorry, I’m like a broken record with this game. Anybody who talks to me about the 3DS usually gets an earful as to how I just absolutely love this game. Now, there have been a lot of Kirby Games. This happens to be the 11th game in the Kirby series. It comes right after “Triple Deluxe,” and there’s just something very perfect about this game. I think that it has the right amount of cuteness, but also there’s a bad-assery to this game. I especially like it when Kirby transforms into this hulking robot and he basically just lays waste to all the enemies and also a bunch of stuff in the environment. And like so many of these other games, you don’t have to play in 3D, but I feel like this is definitely enhanced if you do. Especially on levels like this you see here, where there’s a depth to the level and I don’t know, it’s kind of gimmicky, but it’s also really cool. I actually think this is a perfect game. I played it and beat it twice now and I’m tempted to go back and replay it again.

And then finally I wanna mention the Street Pass feature that is built into the 3DS. I was reminded this weekend just how much fun it is to add people to your Street Pass as you are walking around the convention center. And I met a lot of people, and you can see here over the years, I’ve taken my three 3DS to many expos, and now I have over 700 people in here. That’s such a cool option. I wish they had it on Switch.

So, there you go guys, that is just some of the games that I go back to and play on my 3DS all the time. However, like you see here, there are many, many more great 3DS games for you to choose from. Any of these games you see here, I could have easily included on this list. It’s such a cool handheld, so many great games on it. But I would love to know down in the comments, what are some of your go-to 3DS games? Which games do you play when you are sitting down with that awesome handheld? And as always, guys, I wanna thank you for watching my channel. Thank you for subscribing and take care.

Buy These Before the 3DS eShop Closes! – Radical Reggie

With the 3DS eShop closing around the corner I thought it was time to let you folks know about some cool games that you might not have heard of. The3ds has been a great portable system to me over the years and I have acquired a good amount of games for the system over the years. Its sad to see the system losing certain functions like buying digital games, but at least we have time to make some final purchases on the eshop. – Radical Reggie


My NINTENDO HANDHELDS Collection! (Game Boy, GBA, DS, 3DS, Switch & More)

Here is my entire Nintendo handheld collection. I have Game Boys, Gameboy Colors, SP, GBA, DS, 3DS, 2DS, Switch and More!

Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch

Game Boy

Game Boy Color

Game Boy Advance

Game Boy Advance SP

Nintendo DS

Nintendo DSi

Nintendo DSi XL

Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo 2DS

New Nintendo 3DS

New Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Lite