The Nintendo 3DS (original model) is the most entertaining dedicated handheld console that I have played since the original Gameboy. At first when it was released I was disappointed in its appearance. It looked outdated and I wanted it to be more futuristic I suppose, like two iPod touches sandwiched together, but I got what I got and I wanted to play games and after a while, it grew on me. The 3DS suddenly became pleasant to look at, I was happy to play it in public and not feel embarrassed and all people that I demonstrated it for thought that it looked pretty cool. Nobody ever said anything negative about it, but most people I demonstrated it to were casual gamers only playing a game here and there and werent interested in spending massive money on this piece of hardware. They had their phones for a game and even then played app games very rarely. Now when I showed the few hardcore gamers this machine they liked what they saw, accept for the lake of dual circle pads I agreed to a point but said it was not really necessary for any game that I currently played, not even for Resident Evil Revelation. Speaking of the games, Ive played over 50 different titles since February of this year, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is my most time consuming game, and my Activity log has had over 150 visits of about 8 minutes apiece. This Log is very informative about your gaming habits and keeps track of even how many steps you take in a day, at this time Ive walked over 1,400,000 steps and logged in 160 hrs. worth of game time. I love this feature with all my heart. The games Ive purchased have all but for one been top tier purchases. The retail games that I purchased gave me experiences that I havent experienced before in a portable and they were quite fun. Resident Evil Revelations brought me 20hrs of anticipation and fear; I could have played for hours longer because of its multiplayer feature and extra campaigns and unfortunately traded it in prematurely for another game that was a Nintendo first part title that Ive been waiting to play for years and years, a sequel to Kid Icarus, and this game was quite good. At first Uprising frustrated me to no end but I ended up actually liking it pretty well. It was fun and entertaining. The graphics were the best Ive seen on 3DS as of yet and the 3D visuals were amazing. The 3DS has the ability to for player to play games that are different then their Console counterpart, the Wii, and for this reason I give the 3Ds my most deserved respect. All in all its a beautiful portable that will pass many hours of time. Its eShop is great and I never run out of games to play. Now if they would only bring out the RPGs I will be completely in love with my 3DS.