1.11: Platform Preference


I’ve been thinking about the best console on which to complete my quest and beat every game in The Legend of Zelda series. Right now, for me, it’s almost certainly a New 3DS.

With a New 3DS you get access to the SNES Virtual Console (not available on an older 3DS), in addition to the NES, GameBoy and GameBoy Advance equivalents. Plus, I’ll obviously be able to play all of the DS and 3DS Zelda games, including the remastered versions of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.

That leaves just Wind Waker, Four Swords Adventures, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword and the upcoming (at the time of writing) Breath of the Wild, plus a couple of oddities I’ll worry about later.

It’s enough to be getting on with and comes with the bonus of allowing me to play on my commute to and from work. Not bad. Only trouble is, Nintendo would appear to be phasing out the non-XL New 3DS.

I’m writing this in the lead up to Christmas 2016 and they’re like gold dust. It doesn’t look like demand has limited the console’s availability. Instead it seems like Nintendo would rather push you to the budget or luxury ends of the market. There’s only one official bundle for the New 3DS right now, while there’s a bunch for 2DS and 3DS XL. 

Things is though, the 2DS has no SNES Virtual Console access and spending around £200 on a New 3DS XL seems like overkill. I guess Wii U is another good alternative, but I’m not really interested it, seeing as Switch is right around the corner. New 3DS it is.

Yesterday, I bought a pre-owned model off some Spanish retailer (which tells you how hard it is to find one of the blummin’ things) and it’s winging its way to me now. A New 3DS will be in my hands soon. The only question is – which Zelda game should I play next? I’m not going to worry about release date or timeline order, so what do I do?

It’s something to think about as I slog through these last few dungeons.

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