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Posted on 09-09-13 07:41:11 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Rena
I see, so it's not really a fully featured music player, but just able to load MP3s in the sound toy thing. Interesting it supports MP3 though. Wii used to support them too, but actually removed that support in a system update in favour of another format due to licensing issues.
I never knew that about the Wii. A cool feature I suppose although, if I 'm going to listen to music, I''d rather listen to it on my iPod than from a TV and the same can be said for the 3DS. What doesn't make sense to me is why the Wii had DVD playback cut. I mean, apparently all the hardware is there to do it and I don't see why it wasn't implemented. That could have been a useful feature compared to playing MP3s.
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Posted on 09-09-13 10:26:25 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Cuber456
What doesn't make sense to me is why the Wii had DVD playback cut. I mean, apparently all the hardware is there to do it and I don't see why it wasn't implemented. That could have been a useful feature compared to playing MP3s.


Again, licencing fees. Every DVD capable device has to pay a royalty. Same goes for Blu-Ray, MP3 and a whole bunch of other formats.
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Posted on 09-10-13 10:17:40 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Cuber456
A cool feature I suppose although, if I 'm going to listen to music, I''d rather listen to it on my iPod than from a TV and the same can be said for the 3DS.

I assume that if you had a 3DS but not an iPod it'd be quite useful. Granted, I imagine these days most people would just use their phones instead.
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Posted on 09-11-13 03:11:09 AM Link | Quote
Too bad the 3DS music player isn't gapless. Nope, gap between every track. Also that useless Hit Parade playlist, which would show you all the tracks of the people you've encountered who also had the Music thing set to StreetPass, but only if you also have the same exact songs in your library.
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Posted on 09-11-13 06:52:30 AM Link | Quote
I read somewhere that the 3DS' output sample rate is 32KHz. If that's true, then it isn't a terribly high-fidelity music player, if you care about that sort of thing. (Not that I would really expect it to be, regardless of sampling rate, since it very likely uses the cheapest components possible to maintain a decent price tag.)
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Posted on 09-13-13 03:52:21 PM Link | Quote
Not sure if this is the best place to ask but: is Art Academy: First Semester worth getting? I can get it with some Club Nintendo coins until 6 October and the games seem interesting... Thanks.
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Posted on 09-16-13 04:33:53 PM Link | Quote
I think that game is something for artistic people, really. If you're interested in drawing/sketching/whatever, you should get it if you want to.
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Posted on 09-21-13 03:17:43 AM Link | Quote
Is the extra battery life granted by the XL really worth dropping however much more it is over the normal 3DS's price? Is there any other benefits aside from the obvious that would make it worth getting?
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Posted on 09-21-13 07:00:34 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by UselessGhost
Is the extra battery life granted by the XL really worth dropping however much more it is over the normal 3DS's price? Is there any other benefits aside from the obvious that would make it worth getting?
The first question is subjective and it really depends on how much you value the extra battery life. Looking at Wikipedia, the 3DS XL can offer about 0.5 to 1.5 hours of extra battery life compared to the original 3DS when playing 3DS games. To put it in a quantitative sense, is spending an extra $30 for an extra 0.5 to 1.5 hours of battery life worth it to you? If yes then get the XL or if no, get the original. Speaking for myself, I already had the original and I didn't upgrade to the XL because the extra battery life wasn't worth it to me. I tend to be power conservative with my 3DS and can get 5 hours of play time out of it when fully charged. Its rare for me to be playing on my 3DS for 5 hours straight and in the cases that I do actually play that long, I'm at home near an outlet.

A benefit of getting the original is that you saved $30 that you can spend towards a game .

I can't think of any huge or hidden benefits to getting the XL that aren't obvious(eg. Larger Screens). Hopefully someone who has an XL will comment on what they like about it to help give you a better idea of what you'd want to get.
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Posted on 09-21-13 10:29:46 AM Link | Quote
I haven't exactly tried playing Kid Icarus on it yet, but the XL does seem to be more comfortable. Also, since it's not super glossy, you won't see your fingerprint smudges all over it.

One of the main reasons I got an XL was the bigger screen meant being able to play DS/VC games at 1:1 scale without it being super tiny. Playing them at the stretched size bothers me, since I'm used to paying attention to games on the pixel level.
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Posted on 09-21-13 12:32:01 PM Link | Quote
The extra battery life would be worth it for me. If I did not already have a standard 3DS then the XL is the one I would pick up, since frankly, my experience with the battery life is not that great.

It won't last a whole day for me when I'm commuting to university.
Which would be, in time:
1 hour on train there.
1,5 hours on train home.
X hours playing between classes. And, finally:
Having it in sleep mode between for streetpass hits.

Generally I run out of battery on the train ride home near the end on the average day, if I have a long day I'm not so lucky.

So yeah, I'd judge how much battery time I needed if I were you. :p
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Posted on 09-21-13 03:02:48 PM Link | Quote
Wound up just ordering the full retail Art Academy; it comes with both Semesters and extra stuf (and more Club Nintendo coins instead of fewer =P ). Thanks.
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Posted on 09-21-13 04:16:43 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Peardian
Also, since it's not super glossy, you won't see your fingerprint smudges all over it.
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I can't believe I forgot this important tidbit and will reemphasize it. I hate how glossy the original 3DS is. The thing smudges and sucks fingerprints off you like light traveling into a black hole. Even if you consciously keep your hands clean, there are always smudges that appear on the console and the screen. This is especially true when you play for an extended time because your hands get sweaty. The XL doesn't suffer from that issue and that is a definite plus in my book.

I can't understand why Nintendo keeps making products with gloss that you constantly have to touch. You can get away with gloss for home consoles(eg Wii) since you don't constantly touch or handle them but for controllers and handhelds(eg Wii remote, Nunchuck, 3DS) that you have to constantly touch, all the finger prints and smudges make them look gross...
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Posted on 09-22-13 02:43:25 AM Link | Quote
I...okay, this is going to make me sound really stupid, but I didn't even know the XL had better battery life. That actually makes it pretty tempting to me, honestly. I LOVE my 3DS, but the relatively short battery life has always irked me a little.

That said, I don't really have the money for one.

As for the gloss issue, I agree that it's pretty annoying. Like...the shiny, sparkly teal of my system's case is fucking gorgeous, but I hate how it's basically impossible not to mar it. That said, it's also not a huge deal to me. Then again, I got my 3DS fairly shortly after it was released, before the XL came out, so I'm also kinda used to it.

I mean, I wouldn't complain at ALL if I somehow ended up with an XL, but I also don't care enough to start saving up for one.

(Apologies if this post is a bit incoherent, btw. I'm kinda sleepy.)
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Posted on 09-22-13 12:42:57 PM Link | Quote
Is it just me or does StreetPass never seem to work for Nintendo Letter Box? I've activated StreetPass, I have my wireless on all the time, and I've even already got a letter that's supposed to be sent over StreetPass! But every single time I go out and collect data via StreetPass, I get data for every single one of my games except that one!
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Posted on 09-22-13 01:36:04 PM Link | Quote
Swapnote's Streetpass only works when you streetpass your friends who also use Swapnote, it doesn't send notes to strangers.

...It's pretty much useless because of spotpass, yeah.
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Posted on 09-22-13 02:00:42 PM Link | Quote
If the battery life is still being debated, there's a power pack you can buy for the original 3DS that extends the life by quite a bit. it's considerably cheap, too ($19).
There's also one for the XL that offers up to 20-21 hours of life. The thing is a brick though, and quite expensive at $100.
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Posted on 09-22-13 02:05:36 PM (last edited by Bums and willies! at 09-22-13 02:07:13 PM) Link | Quote
Works with friends only? Wow, that really sucks. I don't have any friends with that software. I guess it's really just a waste of streetpass space leaving StreetPass on for this software. *deactivates StreetPass for NLB*

Gonna leave SpotPass switched on for this, of course! I've recieved some very interesting pieces of stationary from Nintendo because of this useful internet feature.

EDIT: Dammit, I got ninja'd.
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Posted on 09-22-13 02:26:13 PM Link | Quote
Yeah, it only seems to want to work for my Brother who I streetpass three times a day... So I turned it off :\
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Posted on 09-22-13 03:52:27 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Cuber456
Hopefully someone who has an XL will comment on what they like about it to help give you a better idea of what you'd want to get.

Here's what I personally like about mine:
- HUGE SCREENS. I have crappy eyesight, so being able to see what I'm playing without squinting is a definite plus. Also, the resampling/filtering applied to DS(i) games is awful, and it's nice to be able to turn it off and still play them at approximately the same size they were on the original system.
- Decent battery life. Granted, I've never owned an original 3DS and thus can't really compare the two, but I can generally get through a work day without having to recharge (provided I turn on power-saving mode and drop the brightness).
- I can play games for an extended period of time without getting hand cramps (I had to buy some grips for my original DS because of this). It would be nice if the D-pad wasn't in such a weird spot, though.
- Matte finish resists fingerprints and scratches.
- There's no bright green LED next to the 3D slider.
- 3D seems easier on the eyes, though I still don't really use it at all.
- Actual Start/Select/Home buttons, instead of that plastic panel thing.
- Feels a lot sturdier and more solid overall than a regular 3DS.
- Came with a 4GB SD card, which seems unusually generous of Nintendo.

The only real drawback is that it's a bit harder to find (affordable) XL-compatible accessories (like battery packs), but that's a pretty minor gripe.
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