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Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Gaming System Mario & Luigi Dream Team Edition Silver
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs The best handheld on the market. 04/11/2014

This review is from: Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Gaming System Mario & Luigi Dream Team Edition Silver

Pros: 3D effect
Loud speakers
Uses minimal battery in Standby
Backwards compatible with older DS, DSi, etc.
Nintendo eShop
Touch screen is pretty sensitive to the stylus.
Netlix/Hulu support
The Mario/Luigi print on the front and back is simple but awesome.
Large screen (almost the same size as PS Vita).

Cons: Initial setup was a tad annoying having to create a Mii character and whatnot.

When playing with the 3D effect enabled, if you move your head a bit the effect gets shaky. You have to try and keep still while playing with it enabled. (not a big deal to me).

No Plex app (not Nintendo's fault).

Other Thoughts: This is my first Nintendo device since the original Gameboy Advance. I wanted to pickup the 3DS for a while, but with all the great deals on Steam games for PC, I kept putting it off. I"m in love with this thing. The 3DS has arguably the best game list on any handheld. Pokemon X, Monster Hunter 3 and Fire Emblem Awakening are an absolute blast to play. The 3D effect isn't always active, but when it is, I find it's pretty impressive and actually prefer to play with it enabled in full.

I can recommend this device 100%. If you're on the fence about buying this, do yourself a favor and take the plunge. It's well worth the price.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing 04/11/2014

This review is from: NVIDIA SHIELD Portable

Pros: Blazingly Fast
Great WiFi range & speed (5ghz band)
Great Speakers
Long battery while streaming games
Vibrant screen
Good controls

Cons: Before the upgrade to KitKat, my Shield ran out of battery overnight. I plugged the unit in for ~2 hours, and was unable to turn it on. I had to hold the middle button for ~13 seconds to soft reset the device to get it to turn on. This has been my only issue, and only happened once.

Other Thoughts: This thing is awesome! I got this mainly to stream games from my gaming PC, and it's worked perfectly. No hiccups, freezes, stutters, nothing. IME, when STREAMING, it uses ~10% battery per hour, which translates into roughly ~10hrs of playtime on a full charge. I'm not much of an Android gamer but Beach Buggy Blitz and Dead Trigger 2 ran without issues or lag. Emulators also ran without issue (although I prefer to play those on my 3DSXL - which is also a great device).

The recent update to Android KitKat and GeForce Experience 2.0 increased the supported game list (you can also manually add games), however, out of my ~220 game Steam Library, only ~56 are officially supported (this of course will increase with time). Sadly, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead 1&2, and Team Fortress 2 I cannot get to work (after adding them manually).

I was hesitant to buy this when it first launched, however, after using this for the last month or so, I can 100% recommend this device. I find I'm able to fit more playtime into my schedule as I can use this anywhere (locally or remotely over the internet). It's pretty great being able to relax on the couch, lay back in bed, play outside on the patio or even at work during my lunch break. I was unsure how well Titanfall would play during online matches, but there is no input lag (that I can notice) between the device and what appears on the local computer. I play just as well on the Shield than I would on the PC.

I'm very glad I went ahead and bought the Shield. $199 for this is a steal, IMO. Just be aware before your make the purchase that your GPU is supported and your router has a strong, reliable signal (5ghz band is recommended).

i7-4930k
GTX 780
ASUS RT-N66U
Xfinity Extreme 105 Internet (122mbps down, 23mbps up)

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Display Name: RYAN H.

Date Joined: 03/31/12

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  • First Review: 04/11/14
  • Last Review: 04/11/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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