Nintendo 3DS New Year’s Resolutions: 3DS Buzz Readers Speak Out!
Our very own readers voice their desires for a strong emphasis on inter-console connectivity!
2013 isn’t even a week old yet, but already hopes are high. Many of us are making resolutions for the year ahead, and in keeping with this tradition we recently suggested three things we’d love to see Nintendo improve about the 3DS this year.
Following that, we asked readers to submit their own ideas in the form of comments, and found a number of them to be so insightful we wanted to highlight them for further discussion.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a hotly requested feature for Nintendo to implement in 2013 is to power up the internet browser. In fact, super-early adopters of the Nintendo 3DS may indeed remember that initially the handheld launched without the internet browser at all, which was added in a later system update.
The most common criticism is the lack of Youtube capabilities within the 3DS browser. While Nintendo hasn’t made any statements clear regarding any intentions of updating the browser, it would certainly help increase the machine’s appeal.
Staying on the theme of online capabilities, there’s also a call for an easier and more synchronised way of communicating with other users. 3DS Buzz reader Steven highlights that the PictoChat software for the original DS handhelds could make for a fine online communications program if properly developed. Though Nintendo’s well-known coyness for online communications that could turn ugly is no secret, it’s certainly true that the likes of the Wii U’s Miiverse is indicative of a changing stance in the company.
Talking of which, reader zelda2711 makes a succinct argument for the Wii U’s revolutionary gamer-uniting tool to head to the handheld.
It’s simple. 3DS Miiverse ASAP.
Having the Miiverse move beyond a single system would be a great move for Nintendo, not least since the Miiverse has often been touted as their very own social network. With such a large pre-existing userbase of 3DS owners, this would be a fantastic way of bringing Nintendo fans into a unified fold, irrespective of their system of choice.
While all of the comments we received had fantastic suggestions, we definitely observed a strong tendency for players and fans to want to connect more, communicate more transparently and access the web more efficiently. Of course, with a company like Nintendo, you’ll never know what they’ll pull out of the bag next; but the community has spoken, and they want to connect!
The question is, will Nintendo answer that call in 2013?