Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS (Aqua Blue)
The aqua blue version of the Nintendo 3DS.
Developer(s) Nintendo
Release Date(s) Japan
February 26, 2011[1]
March 25, 2011[2]
North America
March 27, 2011[3]
March 31, 2011[4]
April 28, 2012[5]
December 2012[6]
Price(s) $249.99 USD
$169.99 USD[7]
Colors Nintendo 3DS
Aqua blue
Nintendo 3DS XL
Units Shipped Worldwide
22.2 million[8]
North America
7.4 million
8 million
7 million

The Nintendo 3DS (ニンテンドー3DS Nintendō Surī Dī Esuis) a handheld gaming console released by Nintendo in 2011. It is the successor the the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems, and competes with the PlayStation Vita system.

The system sports backward compatibility with other DS titles. In addition, the system offers, similar to that of Nintendo's Wii, a virtual console system with the #Nintende eShop. This shop allows players to buy downloaded classic titles to their 3DS onto an SD card for play.

History Edit

Some could argue that the Nintendo 3DS began to conceive some time during the 1980s when Nintendo experimented with their Famicom 3D System, an accessory to the Famicom that was help it display 3D effects. Another experimental product using 3D technology would be Nintendo's 1995 console, the Virtual Boy. This console utilized goggles and a controller that allowed stereoscopic monochrome 3D.[9] This system, however, proved to be one of Nintendo's worst failures.[10] Hiroshi Yamauchi, then president of Nintendo, longed for further research and development on other 3D technologies although, most later advancements with it fell short.

With the massive success of nearly seventy percent of the market, the Nintendo DS had garnered over the years, it was no secret Nintendo would try to give the console a successor.[11] Many speculated the system would possess qualities allowing mobile broadband connectivity, but Satoru Iwata expressed interest in working with more wireless connectivity to its costumers, similar to that of Amazon with their Kindle device.[12] In addition to having full internet capabilities, many believe that Nintendo would incorporate some kind of motion-sensing device into their next console as well.[13] In order to compete with many of the IOS developers in today's gaming world utilize the power of "tilt" functions, and Nintendo was eager to expand on that, beginning with the motion sensor accessory to the Nintendo DS that would later evolve into a part of the 3DS.[14]

After a heavy wait of anticipation, Nintendo's next console was to be finally announced. On March 23, 2010, Nintendo official claimed that their new 3DS system would be the successor to their DS and DSi systems.[15] As per their initial announcement, the system was finally unveiled during the E3 event in 2010, on June 15.[16] At the press conference, Nintendo showed off their new console, and detailed several characteristics of it.[17] Many games were announced for the Nintendo 3DS at the day of its unveiling including Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Kart 7, and several remakes of Nintendo 64 titles with new 3D effects as well as many others.[18]

The Nintendo 3DS was released in Japan initially on February 26, 2011.[19] During its launch, the entire shipment Nitnendo was to sell were sold out during the initial release in February. Of the launch titles of the system, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask was the highest-selling a total of 119,591 copies.[20] 303,000 units were sold throughout Europe in its first two days alone – one third of which was in the United Kingdom.[21] North America's release in March of 2011 proved to be just as successful, selling nearly 500,000 units throughout the country.[22][23]

To coincide with the launch, those who purchased their Nintendo 3DS before a certain date (reliant on what nation they lived in) received a group of free titles downloaded to their system. A total of twenty games were released under this "Ambassador Program." Ten of these titles were previously Nintendo Entertainment System games, and the other ten were previously released on the Game Boy Advance.[24]

List of all of the games released in this program[25][26]
  • Balloon Fight (NES)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (NES)
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (GBA)
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (GBA)
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (GBA)
  • Ice Climber (NES)
  • The Legend of Zelda (NES)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GBA)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong (GBA)
  • Metroid (NES)
  • Metroid Fusion (GBA)
  • NES Open Tournament Golf (NES)
  • Super Mario Bros. (NES)
  • Wario Land 4 (GBA)
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ (GBA)
  • Wrecking Crew (NES)
  • Yoshi (NES)
  • Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (GBA)
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)

Technical specifications Edit

Nintendo 3DS specifications[27]
  • Information: USD$249.99
    GBP£/EUR€ - Set by individual retailers
  • Weight: 230 grams (8.1 oz)
  • Display: 3.53 in (90 mm), 800 x 240 px (effectively 400 x 240 WQVGA per eye) at 24 bit color
    3.02 in (77 mm), 320 x 240 QVGA at 24 bit color
    6 brightness levels (2D), 3 brightness levels (3D)
  • Battery: 3-5 hours for 3DS games and 5-8 hours for DS games, depending on screen brightness (1300 mAh)
  • Camera: One front-facing 2D and two rear-facing 3D 0.3 MP (VGA) sensor
  • Physical Controls: Push-buttons, D-pad, analog stick, touchscreen, volume slider, 3D depth slider, wireless communications switch
  • Connectivity: Integrated 802.11b/g, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, microphone
  • Slots: 3DS Game Card
    DS Game Card
    SD card
  • Storage: Internal storage TBA, expandable via SD card slot (2 GB card included)
  • Memory: 128 MB FCRAM
  • Processor: Nintendo ARM
  • Graphics: PICA200 by Digital Media Professionals
  • Dimensions: 134 mm (5.3 in) wide × 74 mm (2.9 in) deep × 21 mm (0.83 in) high
  • Stylus: Extendable up to about 4 inches (100 mm)
  • Region Locking: Regional lockout for 3DS software between Japan, America and Europe/Australia
Nintendo 3DS XL specification changes[28]
  • Display: top: 4.88 in (124 mm), bottom: 4.18 in (106 mm)
  • Battery: 6-8 hours for 3DS games and 12 hours for DS games, depending on screen brightness (1300 mAh)
  • Weight: 336 grams (11.8 oz)

Accessories Edit

Features Edit

The Nintendo 3DS has many newly added features that seperates it from the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi.

AR Games Edit

Several augmented reality games are on the 3DS with six paper cards to react with. These games are called "AR Games."

Backward compability Edit

The Nintendo 3DS can play Nintendo DS games and Nintendo DSiWare games in addition to its 3DS Shop games and regular 3DS games. The Nintendo 3DS cannot play Game Boy Advance games however, because, like the Nintendo DSi, it has no Game Boy Advance cartridge slot.

Nintendo eShop Edit

The Nintendo 3DS, like the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL, has a shop of its own. The shop sells DSiWare, which are only available to DSi, DSi XL, and 3DS owners. Nintendo 3DS downloads are exclusive 3DS games and applications. The shop has its own Virtual Console with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, TurboGrafx-16, and Nintendo Entertainment System games. Classic arcade, NES, and SNES games are remastered with 3D availability under the 3D Classics brand. Nintendo 3DS ambassadors can get 10 free NES games before they're made for the public for purchase and will get 10 free ambassador-exclusive Game Boy Advance games. Nintendo 3DS Prepaid cards can be purchased, which have real dollar values rather than the points system used in previous systems. Because of this, the eShop won't support any Nintendo Points cards. The eShop was available in a system update on June 6, 2011 and June 7, 2011.

Activity Log Edit

The Activity Log is an application that tracks both game play, noting which games have been played and for how long, as well as physical activity, counting every step taken while carrying a 3DS. The feature encourages walking more every day to earn Play Coins, which can be used with compatible games and applications to acquire special content and a variety of other benefits

Mii Maker Edit

The Nintendo 3DS also features Miis. The 3DS has the Mii Maker and StreetPass Mii Plaza. The Mii Maker can create Miis from a photo of the person, as well as creating them from scratch.

The StreetPass Mii Plaza is where the Nintendo 3DS's user can see Miis collected from SreetPass.

Nintendo 3DS Video Edit

Nintendo Video is an application for the Nintendo 3DS that can download short 3D videos. It was released on July 13, 2011 for Europe and Australia, and on July 21, 2011 for North America. It can be purchased for free on the Nintendo eShop.

Video Title Description Release Date
SUNDAY JOG A short animated film about two joggers who set out for a stroll on a beautiful Sunday morning. They are alarmed by what appears to be an earthquake-which quickly reveals itself to be much more. July 21, 2011
Dinosaur Office They're dinosaurs. In an office. Rawr! July 21, 2011
Captain America Captain America: The First Avenger in which Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for an experimental program that turns him into the super soldier known as Captain America. July 21, 2011
What is Nintendo Video? Watch this now! July 21, 2011
The Smurfs Trailer The Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures's/Sony Animation's hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. July 26, 2011
All is Not Lost by OK Go Indie rock band and viral video kings, OK Go, team up with innovative dance company, Pilobolus, and long-time collaborator Trish Sie to create a gravity-defying head-spinning alternate universe. July 27, 2011
BearShark When Bear and Shark team up, nobody's safe on land or sea. July 29, 2011
Pizza Quest Join Scott on his epic quest for the world's best pizza ingredients. August 4, 2011
Glee 3D The multi-generational phenomenon that has inspired millions to embrace their inner-Gleek will soon bring them together to experience Glee a whole new way. August 10, 2011
Next Level: Hugs! Everyday activities are boring. Let us show you how to take it to the next level. August 11, 2011
Jason Derulo "It Girl" Check out Jason Derulo's new video "It Girl"! Jason's new album Future History is out on Sept. 27th and features the smash hit "Don't Wanna Go Home." August 16, 2011
Duel The world's most awesome fight scenes, the world's most unlikely fighters. August 18, 2011
UYUYUI! Two children on a picnic are separated by a violent wind and only the force of their friendship will achieve to guide them through danger and adventure. August 20, 2011
Upgrade Your Life! Ding Dong! It's the Upgrade Your Life Kit via special delivery for Blue Man Group! Hit the red button to change your world and upgrade to 3D with a flip of a switch! August 26, 2011

Swapnote Edit

Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in PAL regions) is a free messaging application available through the Nintendo eShop. The application replaces PictoChat and offers many improvements over its predecessor. It allows messages to be sent and received through SpotPass or StreetPass, freely embed pictures and sounds into messages, and configuration of the position and orientation of the picture and sound icons. It was released in all the major regions on December 22, 2011.

Other models Edit

Nintendo 3DS XL Edit

Nintendo announced that they would release a an XL version of their 3DS system on June 21, 2012.[29] The new console was available in new colors and was released on the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2, although it was not bundled. Bundles featuring Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask and Style Savvy: Trendsetter were released later in November of 2012.[30]

The Nintendo 3DS XL sports similar characteristics to that of Ninendo's DSi XL. The console features a much larger screen and longer battery life at the expense of a larger weight and size. While the original 3DS featured a 2 GB SD card, the XL version features a bundled 4 GB SD card.

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