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In a world of smartphones, Nintendo's 3DS reaches five years old

Mario and co. continue the handheld console struggle.

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Nintendo's (not quite) first steps into 3D were shaky. Some of us complained that the 3D effect hurt our eyes, while others found the battery life on the first-generation 3DS just awful. (It was.) However, with bigger (and some flatter) iterations along the way, the handheld has started to hit a groove. Five years since it hit stores in the US, there's now a strong stable of quality games, and the company is bringing back some older SNES hits , as long as you've got the newer hardware.

There are now almost 58 million 3DSes out there across the world -- still less than half of the lifetime sales of the original 2DS, but more than enough to ensure your StreetPass gets some use if you into a big city. And if five years doesn't quite get your nostalgia juices flowing, you could always install Windows 95, you sadist.

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