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Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3ds logo.svg
Nintendo-3DS-AquaOpen.png
An aqua Nintendo 3DS in the open position.
Also known as3DS (abbreviation)
DeveloperNintendo Research & Engineering
ManufacturerNintendo, Foxconn
TypeHandheld game console
GenerationEighth generation
Release dateNintendo 3DS:
  • JP: February 26, 2011[2]
  • EU: March 25, 2011[1]
  • UK: March 25, 2011
  • NA: March 27, 2011[3]
  • CAN: March 27, 2011
  • NZ: March 31, 2011
  • IND: April 5, 2011
  • BRA: July 9, 2011
  • KOR: April 28, 2012
  • HK: September 28, 2012
  • CHN: September 28, 2012
  • ROC: September 28, 2012
Nintendo 3DS XL:
  • JP: July 28, 2012 (as Nintendo 3DS LL)
  • EU: July 28, 2012
  • UK: July 28, 2012
  • NA: August 19, 2012
  • CAN: August 19, 2012
  • AUS: August 23, 2012
  • NZ: August 23, 2012
  • BRA: September 3, 2012
  • HK: September 28, 2012
  • ROC: September 28, 2012
  • CHN: December 7, 2012 (as iQue DS XL)
Nintendo 2DS:
  • NA: October 12, 2013
  • EU: October 12, 2013
  • AUS: October 12, 2013
  • NZ: October 12, 2013
  • CAN: October 12, 2013
  • UK: October 12, 2013
  • CHN: October 19, 2013
  • ROC: December 7, 2013
  • JP: February 27, 2016
New Nintendo 3DS:
  • JP: October 11, 2014
  • HK: November 2014
  • AUS: November 21, 2014
  • NZ: November 21, 2014
  • EU: January 6, 2015 (Ambassador Edition)
    February 13, 2015 (Standard Release)
  • UK: February 13, 2015
  • KOR: September 10, 2015
  • NA: September 25, 2015
  • CAN: September 25, 2015
  • ROC: 2015
New Nintendo 3DS XL:
  • JP: October 11, 2014 (as New Nintendo 3DS LL)
  • HK: November 2014
  • AUS: November 21, 2014
  • NZ: November 21, 2014
  • NA: February 13, 2015
  • EU: February 13, 2015
  • CAN: February 13, 2015
  • UK: February 13, 2015
  • KOR: May 1, 2015
  • ROC: 2015
New Nintendo 2DS XL:
  • AUS: June 15, 2017
  • NZ: June 15, 2017
  • JP: July 13, 2017 (as New Nintendo 2DS LL)
  • KOR: July 13, 2017
  • NA: July 28, 2017
  • EU: July 28, 2017
  • CAN: July 28, 2017
  • UK: July 28, 2017
Lifespan2011 (2011)–present
Introductory price
  • 3DS: ¥25,000, US$249.99, A$349.95
  • 3DS XL: ¥18,900, US$199.99, A$349.95
  • 2DS: ¥12,999, A$149.95
  • New 3DS: ¥16,000, US$219.99, A$219.95
  • New 3DS XL: ¥18,800, US$199.99, A$219.95
  • New 2DS XL: US$129.99, A$219.95
DiscontinuedNintendo 3DS:
  • EU: February 10, 2015
Nintendo 3DS XL:
  • JP: February 10, 2015
  • EU: February 10, 2015
Nintendo 2DS:
  • NA: February 8, 2020
New Nintendo 3DS:
  • JP: July 14, 2017
  • EU: July 14, 2017
New Nintendo 3DS XL:
  • EU: December 30, 2017
  • JP: July 25, 2019
New Nintendo 2DS XL: N/A
Units shippedAll models combined: 75.71 million (as of December 31, 2019)[5]
Media
Operating systemNintendo 3DS system software
CPU
Memory128 MB FCRAM, 6 MB VRAM (Fujitsu MB82M8080-07L FC-RAM)
Storage2 GB Toshiba eMMC
Removable storage
  • 3DS: 2 GB SD card (included)
  • 3DS XL: 4 GB SDHC card (included)
  • Cartridge save
Display
GraphicsDMP PICA200 @ 133 MHz
SoundStereo speakers (pseudo-surround), microphone
InputA/B/X/Y buttons, Circle Pad, L/R bumpers, D-pad, 3D depth slider, volume slider, wireless switch, power button
CameraOne user-facing and two forward-facing VGA cameras
Connectivity2.4 GHz 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Infrared
Power
  • Nintendo 3DS:
  • 1300 mAh, 3.7 V lithium-ion battery
  • Nintendo 3DS XL:
  • 1750 mAh, 3.7 V lithium-ion battery
  • Nintendo 2DS:
  • 300 mAh, 3.7 V lithium-ion battery
  • New Nintendo 3DS:
  • 1400 mAh, 3.7 V lithium-ion battery
  • New Nintendo 3DS XL:
  • 1750 mAh, 3.7 V lithium-ion battery
  • New Nintendo 2DS XL:
  • 1750 mAh, 3.7 V lithium-ion battery
Current firmware11.13.0-45, as of 3 December 2019; 8 months ago (2019-12-03)
Online services
Dimensions
Mass
  • 3DS: 235 grams (8.3 oz)
  • 3DS XL: 336 grams (11.9 oz)
  • 2DS: 260 grams (9.2 oz)
  • New 3DS: 253 grams (8.9 oz)
  • New 3DS XL: 329 grams (11.6 oz)
  • 3DS XL: 260 grams (9.2 oz)
Best-selling gameMario Kart 7, 18.68 million units
(as of December 31, 2019)[6]
Backward
compatibility
Nintendo DS
PredecessorNintendo DS (2004-2014)
SuccessorN/A
Websitewww.nintendo.com/3ds

The Nintendo 3DS (also called 3DS or N3DS) is a handheld video game console made by Nintendo, which can display 3D effects without the need for any special glasses. Like the Wii, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and all the members of the Nintendo 3DS family, it has a Mii Maker application, letting the user create their own personal avatar, which some games use to replace the standard characters. It was released in Japan on February 26, 2011, on March 25, 2011 in Europe and the United Kingdom, on March 27, 2011 in the United States and Canada, and in Australia on March 31, 2011. The Nintendo 3DS lets the user play games in either 2D or 3D. A slider lets the player change the level of 3D in the game. The Nintendo 3DS also lets the user play Nintendo DS games, but only in 2D. It comes with extra channels (some have to be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop), such as Nintendo Video, Nintendo Zone, and Swapnote. The system has a camera on the inside, and two on the outside. The outer cameras let the user both take pictures in 3D and shoot videos up to 10 minutes long in 3D.

The Nintendo 3DS was first shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010.[source?]

On August 12, 2011, Nintendo cut the price of the 3DS to $170. People who got it when it was at the higher price of $250 got 10 free Nintendo Entertainment System games, along with 10 free Game Boy Advance games from the Nintendo eShop.[7]

A bigger version, called the Nintendo 3DS XL, was shown to the public on June 21, 2012. This version has screens much larger than the regular 3DS'. It was released on August 19, 2012 (along with New Super Mario Bros. 2), and currently costs $199.[8]

A new version of the console, called the Nintendo 2DS, was released on October 12, 2013.

Newer upgraded versions of the original 3DS and original 3DS XL, the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL (which in turn is a larger version of the other) were released on October 11, 2014 in countries other than North America. The XL originally costed $200 while the New Nintendo 3DS costed $. The New Nintendo 3DS XL was released in North America on February 13, 2015.[9] The sixth and latest model called the New Nintendo 2DS XL (a larger version of the original 2DS) was released on June 15, 2017.

Games[change | change source]

The Nintendo 3DS first launched in Japan with Pro Evolution Soccer 3DS, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, Bust-a-Move Universe, Nintendogs + Cats, Ridge Racer 3D, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. Titles for the North American and European launches of the 3DS are The Sims 3, Madden NFL 3DS, Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars, Super Monkey Ball 3D, Asphalt 3D, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, and Steel Diver.

List of Built-in Applications[change | change source]

  • Health and Safety Information
  • Nintendo 3DS Camera
  • Nintendo 3DS Sound
  • Mii Maker
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza
  • AR Games
  • Face Raiders
  • Activity Log
  • Nintendo 3DS Download Play
  • System Settings
  • Nintendo eShop
  • Nintendo Zone
  • Miiverse

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Supplementary Information about Earnings Release" (PDF). Nintendo. October 29, 2010. p. 9. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  2. Harris, Craig (September 28, 2010). "Nintendo Conference 2010 Details". IGN. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  3. Kaluszka, Aaron (January 19, 2011). "3DS North American Price, Date, Colors Set". Nintendo World Report.
  4. Daniel Vuckovic (February 8, 2011). "Nintendo 3DS launches in Australia on March 31st for $349". Vooks.net. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  5. "Dedicated Video Game Sales Units". Nintendo. December 31, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  6. "Top Selling Software Sales Units". Nintendo. December 31, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  7. Nintendo What's New 2011-7-28
  8. Nintendo 3DS XL Price and Release Date Revealed
  9. https://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-New-3DS-XL-Black/dp/B00S1LRX3W/ref=dp_ob_title_vg?th=1