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.
An aqua Nintendo 3DS in the open position.
|Also known as||3DS (abbreviation)|
|Developer||Nintendo Research & Engineering|
|Type||Handheld game console|
|Release date||Nintendo 3DS:|
New Nintendo 3DS XL:
New Nintendo 2DS XL:
Nintendo 3DS XL:
New Nintendo 3DS:
|Units shipped||All models combined: 75.71 million (as of December 31, 2019[update])|
|Operating system||Nintendo 3DS system software|
|Memory||128 MB FCRAM, 6 MB VRAM (Fujitsu MB82M8080-07L FC-RAM)|
|Storage||2 GB Toshiba eMMC|
|Graphics||DMP PICA200 @ 133 MHz|
|Sound||Stereo speakers (pseudo-surround), microphone|
|Input||A/B/X/Y buttons, Circle Pad, L/R bumpers, D-pad, 3D depth slider, volume slider, wireless switch, power button|
|Camera||One user-facing and two forward-facing VGA cameras|
|Connectivity||2.4 GHz 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Infrared|
|Current firmware||11.13.0-45, as of 3 December 2019|
|Best-selling game||Mario Kart 7, 18.68 million units|
(as of December 31, 2019[update])
|Predecessor||Nintendo DS (2004-2014)|
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.
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.
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. The sixth and latest model called the New Nintendo 2DS XL (a larger version of the original 2DS) was released on June 15, 2017.
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 ApplicationsEdit
- 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
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- "Dedicated Video Game Sales Units". Nintendo. December 31, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
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Nintendo officially unveiled the Nintendo 3DS at E3 2010.
- Nintendo What's New 2011-7-28
- Nintendo 3DS XL Price and Release Date Revealed