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Nintendo DS/3DS News and Opinions

A summary of recent Nintendo DS/3DS news, coupled with thoughts and opinions.

Is the Nintendo 3DS XL Better Than the Nintendo 3DS?
Exploring the burning question: Is the Nintendo 3DS XL "better" than the Nintendo 3DS?

How Nintendo Can Improve its Fortunes
Nintendo's been having a bad time thanks to tepid Wii U sales. But all's not lost for Mario's parent company. There is lots of room for improvement.

Twitch Plays Pokemon: Terrible, Beautiful Chaos
Twitch Plays Pokemon logically should have ended in fire and tears the moment it started - but the fact it's limping along says a lot about its players and the gaming community in general.

Nintendo Network Downtime: The New Normal
December 2013 won't be the last time Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners struggle to get onto the Nintendo Network, unfortunately.

A Quick Study on Ravio from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Ravio from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds carries a number of interesting secrets that link Zelda characters across generations.

Why Did Nintendo Disable Spotpass on Swapnote for the Nintendo 3DS?
Nintendo's effectively killed Swapnote for the Nintendo 3DS, and it's not hard to understand why.

Why Won't Nintendo Put Pokemon or Mario Games on Smartphones or Tablets?
Though it may be unbelievable, Nintendo has good reason to keep its properties off smartphones and tablets.

Former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi: His Achievements and Missteps
A brief look at how former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi changed the games industry forever.

The PlayStation Vita Price Cut is Good News for the Nintendo 3DS
The more the PlayStation Vita goes head-to-head with the Nintendo 3DS, the better handheld games will fare overall.

Another Video Game Industry Crash Is Not Going to Happen
Fear not: Your pastime is safe. Here's why video games will endure for a long time yet.

The Nintendo 2DS is a Great Idea, and Here's Why
Contrary to criticism, the Nintendo 2DS is a great addition to the Nintendo 3DS family. Here's why.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf: A True Social Game
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a social game, and a hugely successful one at that. Here's why.

Should You Buy Animal Crossing: New Leaf at the Store, or Download It?
Waffling between downloading Animal Crossing: New Leaf or buying it at retail? Here's what you should do, and why.

Are Retro-Style Games Wearing Out Their Welcome?
Modern indie developers sure love making retro-style video games, but is the "nostalgia" angle starting to wear out its welcome?

Game On 2.0 Video Game Exhibition Review
The Game On 2.0 video game history exhibit is making its way across North America. Should you suit up and attempt a visit, or sit it out?

Is Earthbound/Mother Coming to the Nintendo 3DS?
Shigesato Itoi, the father of the Earthbound/Mother series has been talking about a "Mother republication." What is it, and what are the chances we'll see a translation in North America?

Wreck-It Ralph Review
A review of 'Wreck-It Ralph,' Disney's addition to the troubled video game movie genre.

It's Time for a Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Remake on the Nintendo 3DS
There are a few good reasons why a remake of 'The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask' needs to happen on the Nintendo 3DS.

Should Mario Retire?
Is there any logical reason for Super Mario to take a permanent break from Nintendo's systems?

Should Level-5 Retire and Replace Professor Layton?
Level-5 is getting ready to put Professor Layton to bed, but is it a good idea to continue the series without its titular character?

The End of Nintendo Power: Are Game Magazines Dead?
Nintendo Power is gone. Should we say "So long" to game magazines in general, or is there hope for preservation?

Opinion: Angry Birds Trilogy will help preserve digital games
Is Angry Birds Trilogy just a cash grab, or will it actually help promote the preservation of digital/downloadable games?

Opinion: Should the Nintendo 3DS XL have a second analogue stick?
Opinion piece: Shouldn't the Nintendo 3DS XL offer a second analogue stick?

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