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Nintendo 3DS
The Nintendo 3DS logo
An open aqua-blue Nintendo 3DS system.
An Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS in the open position.
Developer Nintendo
Manufacturer Nintendo, Foxconn
Type Handheld game console
Generation Eighth generation
Release date JP 20110226February 26, 2011
EU 20110325March 25, 2011
NA 20110327March 27, 2011
AU 20110331March 31, 2011
KOR 20120428April 28, 2012
CHN 20121201December 1, 2012
Units shipped Worldwide: 29.84 million (as of December 31, 2012)
Media Nintendo 3DS, DS and DSi Game Cards, Digital distribution
CPU Dual-Core ARM11 MPCore
Memory 128 MB FCRAM, 4 MB VRAM
Storage Included 2 GB SD card
GB internal flash memory (1.5 usable)
Cartridge save
Graphics Digital Media Professionals PICA200 GPU
Connectivity 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
Online services Nintendo Network
StreetPass and SpotPass
Best-selling game Super Mario 3D Land (8 million units)
Nintendo DS/DSi
Predecessor Nintendo DS series (DS, DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL)
Successor Nintendo 3DS XL (redesign)
Related articles Famicom 3D System
Virtual Boy

The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld video game console made by Nintendo, which can display 3D effects without the need for any special glasses. Like the Wii, 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 on March 27, 2011 in the United States. 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.

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.


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

  • 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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