Got myself a Japanese Nintendo 3DS LL


I had been thinking about getting one, done some research, compared it to Sony’s PS Vita, realised that handheld game devices in general are on the decline because of smartphones with more power and higher resolution, maybe it would be stupid to get one.

Then I checked what the price of 18,900 yen was in Swedish crowns. 1,228 crowns (138 euro). That’s so little! And that’s when I realised that game consoles aren’t made (or priced) for me, but for people twenty years younger than me. Finally I can reap the benefits of being immature! The toys for my age group is cars and boats – I’m glad I’m not into that. (Though my road bike did cost a bit.) So I shopped away!


Nintendo 3DS LL is the 3DS version with bigger screens. 3DS LL and 3DS XL are the same model; it’s just called XL in the West because that’s the word we have for the size above Large, whereas the Japanese just double the L mark.

Of course it’s half the fun for me to get the Japanese version, especially since all games are region coded and I want to play in Japanese. It also seems that my favorite game at the game centers and the reason why I wanted to get a 3DS in the first place, Taiko no Tatsujin (Taiko Drum Master), only has been released in Japan.



After reading this post by Danny Choo (while at Freshness Burger, just before going to Yodobashi to shop), I also decided to get the latest Kid Icarus. It’s a very sweet game, and the graphics and sound of modern video games are so impressive!


The box with Kid Icarus also contained the black stand/holder that you can see on the pictures. A very nice surprise, since I had thought of getting one of those (also after reading Danny Choo’s post), but decided not to since my luggage is already overfull and can’t take even the smallest items that I can as well buy back in Europe.

I also had to get an adapter, since the 3DS’s for some reason don’t come with a power cord. The only positive thing with that was that I could choose my own colour, so I chose blue. Another good thing is that it will work in Europe too (it accepts 100 – 240 V input), unlike the ones for my Japanese Nintendo Wii U.


Ok, let’s play! I made this little video to show you how fun Taiko no Tatsujin is. Now, this is one of my first plays, so despite it’s the easiest level I’m very bad. And I have yet to find out a good way to hold the sticks. But I plan to become the ultimate TAIKO DRUM MASTER!

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