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Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the game where you are the boss, well, mayor, opening many doors of customization to the player. But the capabilities of the game don’t stop with adding your personal touches but also the ability to share them with friends, which is the topic of tonight’s piece. How effective would this new service be? Is it a good idea?
Firstly, let’s find out how the service works. The game allows players to take screenshots and save them to the 3DS Photos application. Then the player must use the 3DS browser and go to i.nintendo.net where he or she must sign into Twitter or Tumblr and upload the screenshot from the Photos app. In theory this is a good idea. by switching applications, you can upload directly, tag, post, and comment in a heartbeat. However, the 3DS attempted Facebook and other social media integration with limited, if any, success. So what could go wrong?
The necessity of needing the 3DS browser is the biggest roadblock. Given the clunky speed of the 3DS browser, connecting and signing in can be a chore. If players are not in a connection that supports the 3DS Wi-Fi (schools, hotels, some restaurnts) then you’re almost better off uploading from a PC that can connect to the secured connection.
The next issue that might be a problem is the needing to shift from app to app to the browser as well as sign into multiple services. If it’s frustrating to access the service and there are too many balls to juggle, then players would not be apt to use it. Moreover, if tagging and commenting is a hassle, then players would vastly prefer to use their phones for social media.
However, there are ways to mitigate these problems. If Nintendo optimizes their upload site for the 3DS browser, speed problems are settled. If full Tumblr and Twitter functionality is accessible in an easy to navigate form, then players wouldn’t mind using the 3DS over their phones. Finally, if those two improvements to the usual Nintendo online service are made, then players will have no problem switching applications to the browser. If this strategy succeeds, players will be using their phones and other devices less and their 3DSs for social media, and the more a person uses his or her 3DS the more successful the system will be. Join me next time when I bury money for fun and profit.
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