Nintendo’s latest handheld videogame system, the 3DS, is its most fully-featured and impressive yet. It has more powerful hardware – and a greater variety of uses – than any of their hugely successful DS models. In the past few weeks we have seen a price drop so now is good time to get a Cheap Nintendo 3DS.
Since the 3DS has so many features, each new unit comes with a 2gb SD card; but whether you already have a 3DS or are planning to buy one, you may want to buy a new SD card for it (or dig out an old low-capacity one you don’t use any more).
Simply put, there are two reasons you might want to do this; either because you use your 3DS to save an awful lot of data, or because you use it to save very little. Most save files that the 3DS handles are very, very small. Therefore, a casual user – that is, one who only saves game progress with the occasional game downloaded from the eShop or photo taken with the camera – will never use anything close to 2gb. For this type of user, anything as little as 512mb (possibly even smaller) will be more than sufficient. Buy a dirt cheap low capacity SD card or slot in one you haven’t used for years, and hey presto – a brand new 2gb SD card to do with as you see fit!
On the other side of the memory card coin is upgrading. It’s unlikely that anyone but the most hardcore 3DS users, determined to get the very most out of their system, will push the boundaries of their 2gb. The size of the files which save game progress is negligible, and the low resolution of the camera (640×480) means that both 2D JPEGs and 3D MPOs are only small files. Even the largest downloadable games currently available are only a handful of megabytes big; and the in-built sound recorder isn’t very demanding on storage either.
You may require a larger card if you wish to use your 3DS as a music player. It will happily play .m4a, .mp4, .3gp, and .mp3 music files with a bitrate of 16kbps-320kbps, and a sampling rate of 32khz-48khz. It has been confirmed that a firmware update to be released later this year will allow 3D video recording; and while specifics have not yet been revealed, it’s likely that multiple 3D video files will soon start eating away at a paltry 2gb (especially if there are no painful limits placed on length).
If you decide that you do want to change the SD card, the 3DS is happy to help. It will accept MiniSD and MicroSD cards as well as standard SD cards, so long as you have an SD card adapter. If you’re after more than 2gb, it will accept SDHC cards of between 4gb and a whacking 32gb.