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3DS activity two years in and eighteen months analysis

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A Human Becoming

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About 6 months ago I made my third thread asking for 3DS data. Before looking at the number crunching, please fill out the new form below. Everyone who owns a 3DS is welcome to fill it out even if you haven't contributed to every thread.

I almost didn't follow through this time because the number of participants dropped from the previous thread. As more people own the 3DS I want the number of participants to increase so the data better represents GAF use of the 3DS. It was only in the last couple weeks did I start working on this OP instead of over the course of several months as I have in the past. If you can, please share this with other GAFers you think might fill it out. If the number of participants drops below the the number from the original thread (117), I most likely will stop collecting data after I post the data results for this thread.

I put far less effort into presentation this time. I still think it looks fairly nice, albeit the slides are a bit bland. I re-did some past graphs so each group looks the same. Inputting all the monthly top played titles took far more time than I expected, but I did streamline it fairly well, as I have the entire process. It still takes a ton of work, but I like stats and the challenge.

You should look at mine before filling out the survey to better understand what I'm looking for:

Region: North America
First day used 3DS: March 29, 2011
Original model or XL: Original
Number of 3DSs ever owned: 1
Own a Vita: No
Own a Wii U: Yes
Steps Taken: 3,646,947
Play Time 2011: 170:23
Play Time 2012: 312:50
Play Time 2013: 208:37

Top 3 Play Time:
1. Fire Emblem Awakening (Downloaded) - 149:40
2. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones - 51:05
3. Tales of the Abyss - 47:15

Top 3 Times Played (Name only):
1. StreetPass Mii Plaza
2. Activity Log
3. Nintendo eShop

~Mario Kart 7~
Play Time - 37:07
Times Played - 60
Average Play Time - :37

~Kid Icarus: Uprising~
Play Time - 25:23
Times Played - 42
Average Play Time - :36

~Nintendo eShop~
Play Time - 10:03
Times Played - 110
Average Play Time - 0:05
First Played - June 7, 2011

Top Play Time (Name only):
February 2011 - NA
March 2011 - Mii Maker
April 2011 - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
May 2011 - Picross 3D
June 2011 - Picross 3D
July 2011 - Radiant Historia
August 2011 - Donkey Kong
September 2011 - Radiant Historia
October 2011 - Nintendo Video
November 2011 - Trajectile
December 2011 - Super Mario 3D Land
January 2012 - Mario Kart 7
February 2012 - Mario Kart 7
March 2012 - Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
April 2012 - Tales of the Abyss
May 2012 - Lock's Quest
June 2012 - StreetPass Mii Plaza
July 2012 - Mighty Switch Force!
August 2012 - Soul Bubbles
September 2012 - Kid Icarus: Uprising
October 2012 - Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
November 2012 - Kingdom Hearts 3D
December 2012 - Kingdom Hearts 3D
January 2013 - Pokemon Conquest
February 2013 - Fire Emblem Awakening (Downloaded)
March 2013 - Fire Emblem Awakening (Downloaded)

Accomplishments (The numbers are based on the North American Region):
6a. Collected 100 StreetPass tags in one day. - Yes
6b. Where did this happen? PAX East 2012
7a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass five days in a row. - Yes
7b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger, store unit, significant other or unsure? Unsure
8a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass 10 days in a row. -No
8b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger, store unit, significant other or unsure? NA
9. First StreetPass tag in a while. (>10 days) - Yes
10. First StreetPass tag in AGES. (>one month) - Yes

StreetPass Tags: 1038
Number of pieces collected: 599/609
Number of puzzles completed (Max ??): 21
Number of hats (Max 74): 65

A few requests:
1) Don't put "launch" as when you first used your 3DS unless you put the region you got it from.
2) Please type the month as a word not a number to prevent confusion on the date format (aka month/day/year vs day/month/year).
3) If there are multiple versions of a game that made your lists, such as a DS and 3DS version, please specify which one you played.
4) If you downloaded a game on the eShop that's also available at retail please note it was downloaded.
5) If something is zero or not applicable put zero or NA. If you leave it blank I'll assume you chose not to share the information.

Region:
First day used 3DS:
Original model or XL:
Number of 3DSs ever owned:
Own a Vita:
Own a Wii U:
Steps Taken:
Play Time 2011:
Play Time 2012:
Play Time 2013:

Top 3 Play Time:
1.
2.
3.

Top 3 Times Played (Name only):
1.
2.
3.

~Mario Kart 7~
Play Time -
Times Played -
Average Play Time -

~Kid Icarus: Uprising~
Play Time -
Times Played -
Average Play Time -

~Nintendo eShop~
Play Time -
Times Played -
Average Play Time -
First Played -

Top Play Time (Name only):
February 2011 -
March 2011 -
April 2011 -
May 2011 -
June 2011 -
July 2011 -
August 2011 -
September 2011 -
October 2011 -
November 2011 -
December 2011 -
January 2012 -
February 2012 -
March 2012 -
April 2012 -
May 2012 -
June 2012 -
July 2012 -
August 2012 -
September 2012 -
October 2012 -
November 2012 -
December 2012 -
January 2013 -
February 2013 -
March 2013 -

Accomplishments (The numbers are based on the North American Region):
6a. Collected 100 StreetPass tags in one day. -
6b. Where did this happen?
7a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass five days in a row. -
7b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger, store unit, significant other or unsure?
8a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass 10 days in a row. -
8b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger, store unit, significant other or unsure?
9. First StreetPass tag in a while. (>10 days) -
10. First StreetPass tag in AGES. (>one month) -

StreetPass Tags:
Number of pieces collected:
Number of puzzles completed (Max ??):
Number of hats (Max 74):

And now onto the number crunching...



These images are important to read to fully understand the data.









Make sure to carefully look at the titles of the graphs below to distinguish the different groups:


The first time I did this I somehow omitted Link's Awakening from the top 5. It graph fixes that oversight.

As I said last time, everything left except for Ocarina of Time, which held onto the top spot until...

...it was dethroned by Kid Icarus in the third group! It wasn't far behind though. While Ocarina of Time and Mario Kart 7 both have more listings for second and third most play time, Kid Icarus has far more listed in the top spot. This is a trend you'll see when you read the month-by-month top play time listings.

Breaking these down even further:



Nintendo domination has continued with 3D games being most of their games listed since Group 2. Ubisoft, to no surprise, fell of the chart after the launch window was long past. I predicted last time Square-Enix would rise in rank due to Theatrhythm and Kingdon Hearts 3D. What I didn't expect was Theatrhythm to be the main reason why.

I didn't get around to going back to Group 1 to find stats for Nintendo in the Top 3 Play Time. I'll make sure to do so next time.




There was little change between Group 2 and 3. By April 2012 the big titles had already hit.




Now for Top Played:



It perplexes me how high Notifications has rose. Would anyone like to shine some light on this? I just never see a reason to look at it; I usually hear the important content updates on GAF. No surprise Swapnote replaced Pokedex 3D. I expect Flipnote Studio to replace that after it's released.

Now to highlight the most popular 3DS game on GAF (based on the sample):


This will be more interesting once there are other games to compare. I could have asked if people had beaten the final boss/level, but that information won't be applicable to all games (like Mario Kart 7 since it's main draw isn't the single player content).

Now for the first eShop use update:


It always baffles me how much time I actually spend in the eShop (Streetpass Mii Plaza even more so), but the numbers show why: 5-6 minutes over a hundred times adds up. I thought people would visit the eShop much less frequently then they do. I would say Nintendo has had some success with the shop with 73% checking it out at least once a week; the exposure to new content is important. How this continues is the real interesting part.

I tried to make a calendar showing the most Playtime by month, but none of my attempts came out the way I wanted, so I'm going to do it manually. February is skipped due to so few entries.

Most Play Time by Month:

March 2011:


30% of participants
2. Pilotwings Resort
3. Pokemon B

April 2011:

21% of participants
2. Pokemon White
3. Pokemon Black

May 2011:

16% of participants
2. Pilotwings Resort
3. Pokemon Black / Dead or Alive: Dimensions

June 2011:

57% of participants
2. Dead or Alive: Dimensions
3. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

July 2011:

39% of participants
2. Netflix
(tied) Resident Evi: Mercenaries

August 2011:

20% of participants
2. Devil Survivor: Overclocked
3. Mario's Picross

September 2011:

17% of participants
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
3. Devil Survivor: Overclocked

October 2011:

9% of participants
2. Professor Layton and the Last Specter
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

November 2011:

56% of participants
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
3. Internet Browser

December 2011:

51% of participants
2. Pushmo
3. Super Mario 3D Land

January 2012:

22% of participants
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Swapnote

February 2012:

21% of participants
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Super Mario 3D Land / Streetpass Mi Plaza

March 2012:

32% of participants
2. Tales of the Abyss
3. Mario Kart 7

April 2012:

42% of participants
2. Tales of the Abyss
(tied) Colors! 3D

May 2012:

17% of participants
2. Mario Tennis Open
3. Super Mario 3D Land

June 2012:

10% of participants
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Mario Tennis Open

July 2012:

34% of participants
2. Tales of the Abyss
(tied) Mario Kart 7
(tied) Internet Browser

August 2012:

37% of participants
2. Kingdom Hearts 3D
3. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

September 2012:

24% of participants
2. Picross e
3. StreetPass Mii Plaza






And finally, here is some info about people who filled out the survey the last two times:




Phew! And as always, here's my spreadsheet. Sheet one is a mess, but the other two aren't too hard to follow.
 

Stopdoor

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Region: North America (Canada?)
First day used 3DS: September 22nd 2012
Original model or XL: Original
Number of 3DSs ever owned: 1
Own a Vita: No
Own a Wii U: No
Steps Taken: 198 553
Play Time 2011: NA
Play Time 2012: 149:44
Play Time 2013: 116:19

Top 3 Play Time:
1. Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon (Download) (already!)
2. Scribblenauts Unlimited
3. Prof. Layton and the Miracle Mask

Top 3 Times Played (Name only):
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Nintendo eShop
3. Scribblenauts Unlimited

~Mario Kart 7~
Play Time - 12:50
Times Played - 33
Average Play Time - 0:23

~Kid Icarus: Uprising~
Play Time - 17:13
Times Played - 30
Average Play Time - 0:34

~Nintendo eShop~
Play Time - 8:50 (no idea how)
Times Played - 80
Average Play Time - 0:06
First Played - Sept. 22nd 2012

Top Play Time (Name only):
February 2011 - NA
March 2011 - NA
April 2011 - NA
May 2011 - NA
June 2011 - NA
July 2011 - NA
August 2011 - NA
September 2011 - NA
October 2011 - NA
November 2011 - NA
December 2011 - NA
January 2012 - NA
February 2012 - NA
March 2012 - NA
April 2012 - NA
May 2012 - NA
June 2012 - NA
July 2012 - NA
August 2012 - NA
September 2012 - Prof. Layton and the Last Specter
October 2012 - Super Mario 3D Land
November 2012 - Scribblenauts Unlimited
December 2012 - Prof. Layton and the Miracle Mask
January 2013 - Paper Mario Sticker Star
February 2013 - Kid Icarus Uprising
March 2013 - Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon (Download)

Accomplishments (The numbers are based on the North American Region):
6a. Collected 100 StreetPass tags in one day. - NA
6b. Where did this happen? - NA
7a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass five days in a row. - Yes
7b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure? - Mother/Strangers/Friends
8a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass 10 days in a row. - NA
8b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure? - NA
9. First StreetPass tag in a while. (>10 days) - Yes
10. First StreetPass tag in AGES. (>one month) - Yes

StreetPass Tags:
Number of pieces collected: 144
Number of puzzles completed (Max ??): 3
Number of hats (Max 74): 15
 

DarkWish

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I have a pretty big backlog of games. So many games to play, haven't played much of each, aside from a select few. Anyways, here's my info...

Region: North America (US)
First day used 3DS: March 27th, 2011 (launch day)
Original model or XL: original up until launch day of XL, at which point I transferred everything over to that
Number of 3DSs ever owned: 2 (original and XL)
Own a Vita: No
Own a Wii U: Yes
Steps Taken: 677,877
Play Time 2011: 182:32
Play Time 2012: 72:35
Play Time 2013: 07:03

Top 3 Play Time:
1. Mario Kart 7 - 30:45 (retail, but just bought the download version a few days ago and transferred my save so only like 5 minutes are from the download version)
2. Nintendo eShop - 16:32
3. StreetPass Mii Plaza - 15:12

Top 3 Times Played (Name only):
1. Friend List
2. StreetPass Mii Plaza
3. Notifications

~Mario Kart 7~
Play Time - 30:45
Times Played - 74
Average Play Time - 0:24

~Kid Icarus: Uprising~
Play Time - 6:02
Times Played - 14
Average Play Time - 0:25

~Nintendo eShop~
Play Time - 16:32
Times Played - 151
Average Play Time - 0:06
First Played - June 7th, 2011

Top Play Time (Name only):
February 2011 - N/A
March 2011 - Pilotwings Resort
April 2011 - Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
May 2011 - nintendogs + cats
June 2011 - System Settings
July 2011 - Netflix
August 2011 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
September 2011 - Nintendo eShop
October 2011 - Nintendo Video
November 2011 - Super Mario 3D Land
December 2011 - Mario Kart 7
January 2012 - Mario Kart 7
February 2012 - Resident Evil: Revelations
March 2012 - Kid Icarus: Uprising
April 2012 - Swapnote
May 2012 - Mario Kart 7
June 2012 - Mario Kart 7
July 2012 - Jam with the Band (DS)
August 2012 - System Settings
September 2012 - Swapnote
October 2012 - Swapnote
November 2012 - Paper Mario: Sticker Star (download version)
December 2012 - Swapnote
January 2013 - Pokedex 3D Pro
February 2013 - Brain Age: Concentration Training (download version)
March 2013 - HarmoKnight

Accomplishments (The numbers are based on the North American Region):
6a. Collected 100 StreetPass tags in one day. - No
6b. Where did this happen? N/A
7a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass five days in a row. - Yes
7b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure? Yes (me and my sister)
8a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass 10 days in a row. - No
8b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure? N/A
9. First StreetPass tag in a while. (>10 days) - Yes
10. First StreetPass tag in AGES. (>one month) - Yes

StreetPass Tags: 217
Number of pieces collected: 329/609
Number of puzzles completed (Max ??): 8
Number of hats (Max 74): 27
 

Burning Justice

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Oooh, I love these!

Region: North America
First day used 3DS: March 28, 2011
Original model or XL: Original
Number of 3DSs ever owned: 1
Own a Vita: No
Own a Wii U: Yes
Steps Taken: 44,685
Play Time 2011: 285:41
Play Time 2012: 241:48
Play Time 2013: 224:43

Top 3 Play Time:
1. Fire Emblem Awakening - 189:21
2. Pokémon Conquest - 99:09
3. Pokémon Black Version - 79:14

Top 3 Times Played (Name only):
1. Pokémon Conquest
2. Pokémon Black Version
3. Fire Emblem Awakening

~Mario Kart 7~
Play Time - 63:53
Times Played - 102
Average Play Time - 0:37

~Kid Icarus: Uprising~
Play Time - 15:10
Times Played - 28
Average Play Time - 0:32

~Nintendo eShop~
Play Time - 2:51
Times Played - 45
Average Play Time - 0:03
First Played - June 6, 2011

Top Play Time (Name only):
February 2011 - n/a
March 2011 - Pokémon Black Version
April 2011 - Pokémon Black Version
May 2011 - Pokémon Black Version
June 2011 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
July 2011 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
August 2011 - Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
September 2011 - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
October 2011 - Mario Kart DS
November 2011 - Mario Kart DS
December 2011 - Mario Kart 7
January 2012 - Radiant Historia
February 2012 - Resident Evil: Revelations
March 2012 - Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
April 2012 - System Settings
May 2012 - Nintendo eShop
June 2012 - Pokémon Conquest
July 2012 - Pokémon Conquest
August 2012 - Pokédex 3D
September 2012 - Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
October 2012 - Kid Icarus: Uprising
November 2012 - Pokémon Black Version 2
December 2012 - Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
January 2013 - Fire Emblem Awakening Demo
February 2013 - Fire Emblem Awakening
March 2013 - Fire Emblem Awakening

Accomplishments (The numbers are based on the North American Region):
6a. Collected 100 StreetPass tags in one day. - No
6b. Where did this happen? - n/a
7a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass five days in a row. - No
7b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure? - n/a
8a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass 10 days in a row. - No
8b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure? - n/a
9. First StreetPass tag in a while. (>10 days) - No
10. First StreetPass tag in AGES. (>one month) - No

StreetPass Tags: 179
Number of pieces collected: 112
Number of puzzles completed (Max ??): 7
Number of hats (Max 74): 7

Haha, in just three months, my play time this year has almost reached my play time for all of last year. Thank you, Fire Emblem!
 

Panthalassic

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Region: North America
First day used 3DS: September 17 2011
Original model or XL: Original
Number of 3DSs ever owned: 1
Own a Vita: No
Own a Wii U: No
Steps Taken: 677,354
Play Time 2011: 54:04
Play Time 2012: 115:26
Play Time 2013: 60:17

Top 3 Play Time:
1. Fire Emblem Awakening (Downloaded)- 42:05
2. Ocarina of Time 3D- 26:35
3. Kid Icarus: Uprising- 26:22

Top 3 Times Played (Name only):
1. Friend List
2. Internet Browser
3. Pokedex 3D

~Mario Kart 7~
Play Time - 13:35
Times Played - 25
Average Play Time - 0:32

~Kid Icarus: Uprising~
Play Time - 26:22
Times Played - 36
Average Play Time - 0:43

~Nintendo eShop~
Play Time - 7:02
Times Played - 54
Average Play Time - 0:07
First Played - September 17 2011

Top Play Time (Name only):
February 2011 - N/A
March 2011 - N/A
April 2011 - N/A
May 2011 - N/A
June 2011 - N/A
July 2011 - N/A
August 2011 - N/A
September 2011 - Ocarina of Time 3D
October 2011 - Ocarina of Time 3D
November 2011 - 3DS Sound
December 2011 - Internet Browser
January 2012 - Ghost Trick
February 2012 - Mario Kart 7
March 2012 - Kid Icarus: Uprising
April 2012 - Kid Icarus: Uprising
May 2012 - Kid Icarus: Uprising
June 2012 - Internet Browser
July 2012 - Mario Kart 7
August 2012 - Mario Kart 7
September 2012 - Tales of the Abyss
October 2012 - Activity Log
November 2012 -Paper Mario
December 2012 - StreetPass Mii Plaza
January 2013 - (Demo) Fire Emblem Awakening
February 2013 - Fire Emblem Awakening (Downloaded)
March 2013 - Fire Emblem Awakening (Downloaded)

Accomplishments (The numbers are based on the North American Region):
6a. Collected 100 StreetPass tags in one day. - No
6b. Where did this happen?
7a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass five days in a row. - Yes
7b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure? Friends
8a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass 10 days in a row. - No
8b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure?
9. First StreetPass tag in a while. (>10 days) - Yes
10. First StreetPass tag in AGES. (>one month) - Yes

StreetPass Tags: 72
Number of pieces collected: 86/564
Number of puzzles completed (Max ??): 1
Number of hats (Max 74): 29
 

Sora_N

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Vancouver, Canada
Region: NA
First day used 3DS: 12/4/2011
Original model or XL: OG
Number of 3DSs ever owned: 1
Own a Vita: No
Own a Wii U: No
Steps Taken: 1,765,318
Play Time 2011: 27:47
Play Time 2012: 162:22
Play Time 2013: 76:52

Top 3 Play Time:
1. 41:01
2. 21:34
3. 20:12

Top 3 Times Played (Name only):
1. Pokemon White
2. Fire Emblem Awakening
3. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure

~Mario Kart 7~
Play Time - 3:30
Times Played - 20
Average Play Time - 0:10

~Kid Icarus: Uprising~
Play Time - 14:17
Times Played - 26
Average Play Time - 0:32

~Nintendo eShop~
Play Time - 6:45
Times Played - 53
Average Play Time - 0:07
First Played - 12/4/2011

Top Play Time (Name only):
February 2011 - N/A
March 2011 - N/A
April 2011 - N/A
May 2011 - N/A
June 2011 - N/A
July 2011 - N/A
August 2011 - N/A
September 2011 - N/A
October 2011 - N/A
November 2011 - N/A
December 2011 - Super Mario 3D Land
January 2012 - Skylanders Spyro's Adventure
February 2012 - Tales of the Abyss
March 2012 - Tales of the Abyss
April 2012 - Pokemon White
May 2012 - Pokemon White
June 2012 - Pokemon White
July 2012 - Theatrhythm
August 2012 - New Super Mario Bros. 2
September 2012 - Pokemon White
October 2012 - Pokemon White
November 2012 - Kid Icarus Uprising
December 2012 - Kid Icarus Uprising
January 2013 - Fire Emblem Awakening
February 2013 - Fire Emblem Awakening
March 2013 - Ghost Trick

Accomplishments (The numbers are based on the North American Region):
6a. Collected 100 StreetPass tags in one day. - N/A
6b. Where did this happen? N/A
7a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass five days in a row. - Yes
7b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure? - No
8a. Met Mii characters via StreetPass 10 days in a row. - Yes
8b. Did it occur with a relative, friend, co-worker, stranger or unsure? - Unsure (might be from a store though)
9. First StreetPass tag in a while. (>10 days) - Yes
10. First StreetPass tag in AGES. (>one month) - Yes

StreetPass Tags:
Number of pieces collected: 539
Number of puzzles completed (Max ??): 19
Number of hats (Max 74): 28
 

duckroll

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GAF is not a place to make surveys on whatever personal interest you have every 6 months over and over and over.
 
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