I'm a full-time 6th grade teacher and a gaming enthusiast. You might be surprised how many times those two aspects of my life cross paths.

Since weather in Indiana is an unpredictable force of nature the students in class often find themselves indoors for recess. Yeah, we still have recess in 6th grade. It's their last year! Gotta make the most of it, right? Every day we have indoor recess a group of boys gathers in the corner of my room with their 3DS systems and games. Usually they play Smash Bros, Mario Kart or Pokemon. Sometimes I join them.

Today, seeing as I didn't have recess duty and was caught up on grading, I approached them to ask about the New 3DS. I've done this before in regards to a group of students talking about the new Call of Duty game, and I thought you might enjoy the middle school mindset on Nintendo's newest handheld.

"I think it's good they're making a new one. It's been like two years since the Wii U and longer since the last 3DS. People want new stuff."


"The best part is the amiibo support. I don't want to buy a Wii U just to use them."

"You can't use your old SD card. I think you have to use smaller ones now. That part sucks."


"It's just a handheld Wii U. They're basically the same. I think Nintendo should make a thing you can plug in to play Wii U games on your 3DS."

"The new analog stick is going to help a ton in Smash Bros. People with the New 3DS are going to be better than people without them."


"We don't even get the one where you can change the tops like Japan."

"Majora's Mask comes out with it. I don't know a lot about the game, but I do know you wear masks and defeat enemies."


"Xenoblade Chronicles [they pronounced it "X-O Blade"] is coming out for it. It looks cool and really Japanese."

Seems the 6th grade gamers in my class are excited and disappointed about many of the same things we are. They're just like us! Though they may be a little unclear on the power of the New 3DS and the Wii U. Who's up for some masks and really Japanese X-O Blade!?