As soon as I saw the Nintendo 3DS I noticed that magical ‘home’ button that us Nintendo Wii fans are so familiar with.  That got me thinking about the possibilities within the 3DS’s firmware and what I’d like to see the system do.  So here are the first five of my top ten wants for the Nintendo 3DS.

10.  3DSpeak

Nintendo has been using voice chat in DS games since Metroid Prime Hunters.  Nintendo has also been experimenting with voice chat for years on the Nintendo DS platforms.  At E3 2005 Nintendo had a section of their booth that showcased a Wi-Fi capable application that allowed users to use the DS to speak with each other.  This application was called DSpeak.

I think it is time DSpeak came out and the Nintendo 3DS is the perfect way to get it going. With all the talk of the Nintendo 3DS staying connected to the Internet I have to wonder why not have 3DSpeak? I think it would be great to be able to call friends on the Nintendo 3DS with 3DSpeak.  Of course this would only be over the Internet but it would still be fun.

9.  Better Internet Browser

Nintendo released an awful Internet browser for the Nintendo DS/Nintendo DS Lite.  The Opera browser on the Nintendo DSi is an improvement but it’s still not enough.  Nintendo should really get the Internet browser on the Nintendo 3DS to function adequately.

There have been multiple times that I have been out and wanted to check the Internet via my Nintendo DSi.  Be it my e-mail, news, weather, etc- it’s possible with the current Nintendo DSi web browser but it’s still extremely slow.  I’m tired of looking at people with other portable devices, such as the PSP and the iPod Touch, speed through the Internet while I go at a snails pace.  There will be no excuse this time since the Nintendo 3DS has more horsepower than the Nintendo DSi.

8.  MP3 Playback

The older Nintendo Wii systems, which came with the original Photo Channel, could play MP3s.  However since then Nintendo has updated the Photo Channel in a way that makes it impossible to play them.  The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL also can’t play MP3s.

If you want to listen to audio on the Nintendo DSi, or Wii, you need to change the format of your MP3 files into AAC.  This takes time and is a hassle.  All of this is because Nintendo doesn’t want to support MP3s because they are avoiding licensing fees.  I know I’m not the only one who’s sick and tired of this issue and it’s one I hope is improved on the Nintendo 3DS.

7.  Play and Record 2D/3D Video

Can you tell I’d like the Nintendo 3DS to be my main media device?  Honestly though, it would be great to be able to play back videos loaded onto the Nintendo 3DS be it a 2D or 3D video.  I don’t own any other portable device that can do this and I don’t plan to go out and buy a device that will.

On top of playing video I’d like to be able to record video in 2D/3D.  We all know the Nintendo 3DS will be able to take pictures in 3D, and most likely 2D, so why stop there?  Nintendo has recently been about giving players the ability to create with software such as Wario Ware D.I.Y., Flipnote Studio, the Mii Channel, Animal Crossing, etc.  Why not let players create and maybe share videos with friends via Wi-Fi?

6.  No More Fridge

Nintendo still hasn’t learned their lesson from the Wii’s “Fridge” issues.  For those who don’t know, or remember, this problem let me explain.  In the past if a Wii user downloaded more Virtual Console/WiiWare games than could fit into the Wii’s memory Nintendo said users could delete them or move them to the SD card if they wanted more content.  These games were not bootable off the SD card and would require an annoying move process to juggle all of your games around in order for them to be played.

Nintendo fixed this problem with a firmware update on the Wii by allowing digital games to be bootable from the SD card.  This problem, however, still exists on the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL.  The “Fridge” problem should no longer be an issue for the Nintendo 3DS and it’s still shocking to think that it’s even an issue on the Nintendo DSi systems now.

That’s all for now, unfortunately.  Be sure to check here to see my top five wants for the Nintendo 3DS.