List of N3DS benefits

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  1. Quantumcat
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    A friend of mine is skeptical about getting an N3DS, and I was trying to tell him all the good things you can do with it but drew a blank. What other benefits are there besides the NTR streaming?
     


  2. Kourin

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    Faster load times in general
    If they're emulating, better speeds
    Pretty much any homebrew will run better
    Longer battery life
    Better 3D

    It's pretty much just preference
     
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    I like the super stable 3D, but I'm one of those individuals who gets a headache with the 3D anyhow. I like that the amiibo support is built in, and that with Luma3DS you can make games run at a higher speed.
     
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    Double the ram, and better proccesing power, so better emulators
     
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    • 804MHz CPU compared to 268MHz
    • N3DS CPU has 2MB of L2 cache, while the O3DS CPU has none, so applications can run better on the N3DS when it's enabled
    • 256MB RAM compared to 128MB (but only up to 178 is usable on the N3DS, and 80 on the O3DS)
    • Circle Pad Pro is built in via the C-stick, ZL, and ZR buttons (older games will see them as the CPP)
    • Faster wifi, and the Micro SD Management app to manage files on the SD card (though with CFW or *hax that's irrelevant since FTP works too)
    • N3DS-exclusive games like Xenoblade or Binding of Isaac, and SNES Virtual Console
    • Console doesn't reboot when playing Smash or MH4U, so NTR can stay active, for example
    • NTR CFW can video stream on N3DS, but not O3DS, alleviating the need for a capture card
    • Homebrew emulators run much better due to the faster CPU, especially NES and PS1
    • Better 3D (Super Stable 3D)
    Those are all of the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
     
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    Able to load win98!
     
  7. Kourin

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    Did 98 emulation ever get any better? I remember there not even being usable keyboard last time I checked.
     
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    Shibuya, The small one from Vegas
    Loading times. Xenoblade. Isaac.

    Need more? get a new friend (jk)
     
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    Whether or not he wants to own one is preference. However, the N3DS is factually better in damn near every way. My biggest issue? The MSD slot UNDER THE BOTTOM COVER.
     
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    Just use FTP? The speeds are slower but it's bearable.
     
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    Nah, I use the MSD management tool. :P Much faster and more reliable.
     
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    You're joking right? The current FTP app is at least twice as fast as Micro SD Management Tool
     
  13. daxtsu

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    It's annoying, but there are workarounds (none of them really pretty though):

    • Cut a hole in the removable battery cover/bottom lid where the uSD slot is so you can get to it whether it's on or off
    • Dremel out the screws on the battery cover so they're not there anymore, making it easier to take it off (I know you can leave it on unscrewed, but sometimes they get kind of stuck)
    • Get one of those weird uSD extension cables from AliExpress or whatever site had them, and have an easier to access uSD slot that sticks out of your console

    I suppose one could also try removing the game card slot and relocating the uSD slot to there. No clue if your N3DS would still boot after that though. :P That, or relocate the uSD slot near the charging jack or somewhere else.
     
  14. Memoir

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    Nope. The system is too pretty to ruin like that. O.o

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    Well, I should have upgraded FTP a long time ago. >>
     
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    You don't have to dremel them out, you just need to fiddle with them until they fall out of the holes.
     
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    i would get it, that's just me all the stuff is listed up there on why it's better i would just go with everyone on here lol
     
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    I mean, that's debatable because my MicroSD Management tool is super fast. Just depends on how close it is to my router.
     
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    - Faster processor, meaning certain retail titles run faster (Super Smash Brothers).
    - A couple of decent exclusives (Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Binding of Isaac, and the official SNES Emulator on the eShop).
    - Better 3D that's actually a lot more usable.
    - Amiibo support if you have any games that take advantage of them.
    - microSD Management comes built in, but this might be an invalid point since the original models can have it if you can install unofficial CIAs.
    - Better build quality than the original small model I upgraded from. I skipped over the 3DS XL, so I can't really compare it.
    - Best in terms of homebrew. Not only do we have NTR Video streaming, but Retroarch 3DS emulates a lot of systems quite nicely on the New 3DS with little to no hiccups. Compare this to the original models where only a couple of emulators run nicely with kernel access. You can also configure the New 3DS' extra horse power in Luma3DS (AuReiNAND) to always be enabled, which can actually make a lot of games run much more smoothly. For instance, Rayman 3D. There are some other nice homebrew titles that take advantage of the New 3DS' specs, so there's another nice benefit right there.

    The only real downside is the somewhat inconvenient microSD card location. It's behind the backplate, and needs to be removed if you need to access it at any point. Assuming your friend is going to try to install arm9loaderhax, he'll have to remove this a couple of times if memory serves. Once he has a good setup though he should just be able to rely on microSD Management for his needs.
     
  19. 2manyGames2play

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    Don't forget about the terrible POWER button placement. Atleast with the non XL models it is tiny AF and is difficult to press, even with average sized fingers...
     
  20. Temarile

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    I'd say the super stable 3ds is definitely better than the o3ds. I like that you can actually fully turn it off (it "clicks" off instead of just sliding it down like on the o3ds). I think the n3ds looks way better and it feels better in my hands. The exchangeable cover plates are a nice bonus. It boots faster (with A9LH at least) and is generally faster. This all doesn't justify the €100 price gap between a secondhand o3ds and a secondhand n3ds though. I'd say; if you have the money go with the n3ds for sure. But if you don't.. I got my o3ds for €50. The price (and the very very unconvienient sd placing, but that's only necessary when you want to hack the device) is really the biggest drawback for the n3ds for me right now.