Having only really played Animal Crossing: City Folk, I was a bit hesitant to pick up New Leaf, despite all the praise I heard about it. I just didn't find City Folk interesting at all. I never really played more than a few hours of City Folk before selling it.
However, I took the plunge and decided to pick New Leaf last night at midnight and I'm already enjoying it a lot more than City Folk. It's the first time I'm really experiencing what Animal Crossing is and it's been a joy.
However, I think I'm going a bit over the edge. I think I'm a little too addicted ...
I sent in my 3DS XL for a repair since I found a dead pixel on the screen. The set up was easy and Nintendo paid for shipping. All I had to do was go ship it out, so I did that Friday afternoon (May 31st). I received my package today, June 5th (Wednesday).
I thought that Nintendo would simply replace the screen since there was only one dead pixel on it, but they replaced the entire unit. I got a factory certified 3DS (I don't know if it's refurbished or new, but it looks brand new) and a one year warranty for that unit starting today.
What I'm happy about though is Nintendo transferred my StreetPass, Mii and user settings data. Everything remained as it was when I sent it out and my SD card retained all of the data as well. I backed up my data in case, since I heard stories of people losing all their game saves and StreetPass data. The StreetPass data isn't a big deal, but the saves definitely are.
All in all I'm pretty happy. I've set up repairs with them 3 times in the past for my Wii and all 3 times were excellent. I've never had a problem and it's a reason why I'm so comfortable setting up repairs with Nintendo instead of going to a third party to fix the issues.
It's been almost 2 years since the 3DS was released in North America and it's been a pretty crazy journey so far. From the mediocre launch line up to the price cut four months after launch, the 3DS didn't exactly have the best start. However, I feel like two years later the device is has a fantastic software library.It's been my go-to device for quite some time now, with a lot of great content.
It's amazing to see all of the content the platform has received in two years:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Mario Kart 7
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario 3D Land
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Kingdom Hearts 3D
Tales of the Abyss
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Professor Layton & The Miracle Mask
SMT: Devil Survivor Overclocked
Star Fox 64 3D
Resident Evil: Revelations
These aren't even all the titles, just the one's I've played personally. Nintendo has also done a really great job with the eShop and are continuing to do so. Despite the fact that the user interface is pretty poor, there is a ton of great content from smaller developers and Nintendo. These are the ones I've downloaded:
Dillon's Rolling Western
Mighty Switch Force
More titles are coming to the 3DS, both retail and eShop. HarmoKnight from Gamefreak and a new FPS from Renegade Kid is coming to the eShop this year. There are more title in the first half of this year that I want for the 3DS than I do with the Wii U and Xbox360 combined.
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
SMT: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y
I also recently purchased a 3DS XL and sold my original launch 3DS. The 3DS XL in my opinion, is a lot nicer. The screens are nice and big, the form factor is a lot better and the battery life is slightly better as well.
I cannot wait, I'm excited. Looks like a great year for Wii owners. I'm actually more excited for the Wii this year then I am for the PS3 and the 360. I already got Bayonetta on my 360 so I don't have much to play for it, for a while. The PS3, well it has God of War III which I want to play but I don't really care.
Also I need to get Mass Effect 2 soontimes, so thats another 360 title I do actually want.
The Conduit is a recent game that was released for the Wii - It all started when IGN revealed the game about a year+ ago - and ever since I don't understand the hype.
From the very beginning the game looked bland, generic and uninspired. It has an identity crisis - it doesn't know what kind of game it wants to look like.
I did rent the conduit, even after I've been hating on it for a long time - and the result? Exactly what I said was bad or wrong about it .. was in the game. The AI is butt stupid, a rock would have the same effect. The controls are great, the graphics are pretty ugly due to the art style. While there is a lot of technical power going on - its all useless when the art direction looks as bad as it did. The online is pretty laggy and the single player campaign was short - I beat it in around three and a half hours.
Overall it just didn't impress me - its a decent game, at best. If Wii owners want to play a GREAT first person game - get Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. It lacks multiplayer, but the single player is fantastic - actually better yet, wait for the Metroid Prime Trilogy - which comes out this August and includes the three games all with Wii controls.
In the end if I had to score the conduit out of 10 (im using a full 10 scale here) - I'd give it a 6.5 - It has the controls down, but everything else is pretty poor to mediocre.