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Just Sayin': I'd rather play a game on the New 3DS XL than the Switch

August 25, 2018 2 min read

[Just Sayin' is a series where Jonathan Holmes is just says whatever. Don't even worry about it.]

For some people, new is very good, old is definitely bad, and the latest is always greatest. These people sometimes get annoyed when good games are newly released on old hardware. They feel forced to drag out old hardware that, mind you, they absolutely adored three years ago, but now look at as though it's a naggy, saggy, draggy, ex-sex partner that they just want to ignore. 

Of course, the weird part is consoles don't age. The New 3DS XL is exactly as awesome as it was when it first launched in 2015. If you don't like playing games on the console anymore, it's because you've changed. Also, it may be because you got hoodwinked. 

The reality is, progress doesn't happen in a straight line, especially when it comes to Nintendo consoles. The new always outshines the old in many respects, but nearly every time, something is also lost along the way. When it comes to the Switch, a lot of the things I absolutely loved about the Wii U and 3DS were dropped, which is why I still use my 3DS every day, and my Wii U a few times a month.

That doesn't mean I don't love having a Switch. Between all the great 1st party titles, top-notch indies, and surprisingly strong 3rd party ports, it has one of the best launch-window-ish (first year and a half or so) libraries out of any Nintendo console ever. That said, if they could find a way to make those games run on a 3DS, I never would have felt the need to stray. Here are a few reasons why.

Just Sayin': I'd rather play a game on the New 3DS XL than the Switch screenshot