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Nintendo 3DS: Are you glad you bought one?

Or do you regret your purchasing decision?

The looming release of the PS Vita and thoughts of importing the shiny new handheld precariously swirling around our feeble minds has had us dwelling on our decision to purchase a 3DS at launch.

We briefly touched on the slight pangs of regret we feel every time we look at our 3DS' in an earlier debate but the release of the second batch of Nintendo 3DS Ambassador titles - as well as a few brilliant 3DS games - has us mulling over our feelings again. This time a little more directly.

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Nintendo addressed the feeling of post-price cut regret in July, when lacklustre sales of the Nintendo 3DS forced the platform holder to chop around a third off the price of 3DS.

Naturally, the news didn't go down so well with early adopters, and Nintendo openly expressed concerns over a potential backlash from customers who bought a 3DS before the unexpected price reduction.

"Never in Nintendo's history have we dropped a system's trade price so significantly less than six months after launch," the company admitted in a statement.

"We are aware this may cause you, the loyal fans who supported Nintendo 3DS from the beginning, to lose trust in us, and this is not our intention in any way."

To stop consumers "regretting purchasing" a 3DS at launch Nintendo offered up 20 exclusive free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop. The first batch of ten NES games included classics like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., and The Legend of Zelda.

The GBA games made available earlier this week include Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, and a number of other treasured GBA classics.

We're quite pleased with this selection of free titles, Metroid Fusion and Mario Kart: Super Circuit in particular Nintendo have earned back some good will.

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On top of that we've been clocking in a fair few hours on our 3DS', with Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 even managing to steal some precious gaming time away from Skyrim, Saints Row The Third and Battlefield 3.

Nine months, twenty free games and a few good first-party titles later and we think we've finally come to love the Nintendo 3DS. Its future is still uncertain, but games like Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and Resident Evil look like they're shaping up to be must-plays.

We're interested in how you feel about the Nintendo 3DS, if you purchased it and whether you regret it.

Have you returned/traded in/given away your handheld or is there a particular game in the future you're holding on for? Let us know in the comments below.

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