If you're anything like me you'll have a Christmas-sized hold in your pockets and won't have much money to spend on gaming. I've had to bring my own austerity measures into the Murphy household after blowing my cash on shortbread biscuits and stick-on wrestling tattoos but I've discovered that 3DS is the perfect console for these economic times. Why? Because you can have fun on the console without spending money. Here are my top tips for 3DS gaming on the cheap.
Before we start, if you've not yet got a 3DS, a quick scan of major online retailers reveals Zavvi to be the cheapest offer at £129.85.
1. Watch NintendoTV, obviously.
I am actually contractually obligated to do a little NintendoTV dance to promote the show three times a day, so if you haven't watch the first episode of NintendoTV yet, you can see it for the extraordinarily cheap price of FREE in eye-spanking 3D on the Nintendo 3DS eShop now.
Or you can watch it right here in 2D.
The show is also available on the Wii's Nintendo Channel.
2. StreetPassing in the Mii Plaza
My love for StreetPass, particularly StreetPass Quest 2 has been well documented but it's so good that I reckon Nintendo should rebrand the 3DS as the Nintendo StreetPass Machine... now with added 3D. Catchy, eh?
StreetPass is and has always been one of the most exciting things about the 3DS console so if you've just got one yourself, get out there into the busy streets, packed cinemas and any kind of geek-convention to start collecting Miis now.
Then you can play the awesome free RPG StreetPass Quest and once you've finished that, StreetPass Quest 2 will keep you busy.
3. Download Nintendo Letter Box
Nintendo Letter Box had us huddled around our consoles like manic letter-writing fools over Christmas to see who can draw the best T-Rex (Me!).
It's free to download from the Nintendo eShop and comes with some different stationery and you can even use Play Coins to unlock different animated things and send recordings. In contrast it made my office emails look pretty boring, so I started attaching drawings of stickmen riding unicorns to them.
4. Download Pullblox the eShop
With the all the magical trinkets that come loaded in Nintendo 3DS, it's easy to forget the main thing the console was invented for was to play some games.
If you're on a budget though, you'll be happy to hear that some of the best titles currently available on the 3DS come at such a low price, you'll feel like you're robbing Miyamoto himself.