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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Both of the new 3DSes bring enough improvements to warrant an upgrade from the original system. Nintendo has finally managed to make the 3D effect work comfortably, and hardware looks more refined on both models. If you already own a 3DS, an upgrade in 2015 is a wise decision.

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Pros
  • 3D screen works better, is more enjoyable to use
  • Secondary analog pad offers richer control options
  • Upgraded processor does everything faster
Cons
  • Some games work differently on the last-gen 3DSes
  • Customizable plates only offered on the smaller New 3DS
  • Buying games and apps is still a chore
85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

85
 

User Reviews

100
John
I love the Damn thing . I got it as a birthday present years ago and I'm still...read more
80
William
Aesthetically and functionally the greatest handheld gaming-centric device ever...read more
100
Ahmir
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
 
90
Engadget
Both of the new 3DSes bring enough improvements to warrant an upgrade from the original system. Nintendo has finally managed to make the 3D effect work comfortably, and hardware looks more refined on both models. If you already own a 3DS, an upgrade in 2015 is a wise decision.
 
80
The Verge
If you’re into the idea of an inexpensive portable machine that plays ... a bunch of other excellent games, you probably own a 3DS already. If you don’t, you should wait for this new model to come out in your country. Even if you do, you might find the New 3DS to be worth the upgrade anyway.
 
90
Eurogamer
This is a upgrade worth waiting for - and is likely the final throw of the dice for the 3DS range.
 
90
Wired
Will New 3DS protect Nintendo from the steadily encroaching threats that keep taking big bites out of its portable gaming business? Not by itself. But it continues to produce the very best gaming-only portable device, and that’s got to count for something… right?
 
80
CNET
Nintendo's New 3DS isn't much improved overall, but that new display alone almost makes the purchase worthwhile -- or will do, once it's available outside of Japan.
 
80
TrustedReviews
If you're a Nintendo fan then chances are you're already counting down the days until the western launch is announced or have already imported a Japanese model, but for everyone else, this remains the ideal entry point for the 3DS and its library of amazing titles.