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Manufacturer Nintendo Foxconn
Type Original (Above) CTR-001
Released Flag of JapanFebruary 26, 2011
Flag of EuropeMarch 25, 2011
Flag of America 19 10March 27, 2011
Flag of AustraliaMarch 31, 2011
Flag of South KoreaApril 28, 2012
Predecessor Nintendo DSi
Successor Nintendo NX

The Nintendo 3DS is the successor to the Nintendo DS family. It has 3D technology without the need for glasses. The screens use a parallax barrier system. New with the 3DS is the analog control stick, gyro sensor and motion control. It is the home of the Animal Crossing title, Animal Crossing: New Leaf.



The graphics on the Nintendo 3DS are greatly improved.

The 3DS has a gyroscope (tilt sensor) allowing it to detect movement of the console. This gyroscope is used for some 3DS games, most prominently the built-in one known as Face Raiders. It has an analog stick called the Circle Pad. It has, like the DSi, two cameras: a regular camera atop the 3D screen, and two on the lid of the 3DS allowing for 3D pictures. The 3DS has two screens: the lower screen, which remains a regular touch screen, but the top screen has been shortened and widened, and it serves as the 3D screen for the console. There is a slider on the right side of the console allowing one to adjust the 3D depth so it can be focused. The 3D can also be turned off. The 3DS has a far more powerful processor and can display vastly more detailed graphics compared to the original DS line of consoles. The 3DS is also able to play 3D movies, on the top screen. It is backwards compatible with the Nintendo DS and DSi. It has a Virtual Console with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance (Ambassador only) games. Carrying the 3DS whilst traveling allows it to swap data with other nearby 3DS systems over local wireless. This is called StreetPass.

Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo 3DS XL logo

Manufacturer Nintendo Foxconn
Type Nintendo 3DS XL (Above) SPR-001
Released Flag of JapanJuly 28, 2012
Flag of EuropeJuly 28, 2012
Flag of America 19 10August 19, 2012
Flag of South KoreaSeptember 20, 2012
Predecessor Nintendo 3DS
Successor None

The Nintendo 3DS XL (LL in Japan) (iQue 3DS XL in China) has 90% larger screens than the original Nintendo 3DS and additionally features longer battery life. It also comes with a 4GB SD card as opposed to the previously included 2GB card. Additionally, the Start, Select, and Home buttons are completely redesigned to fit the longer screen. The bigger screen minimizes the reflection in light, and has more advanced graphics including the 3D. The shape of the 3DS XL is smoother as opposed to the rigid shape of the original model. The placing of the stylus is on the right side of the 3DS XL and is no longer on the top left side, making it easier to access.

Nintendo 2DS

The Nintendo 2DS is a budget model of the Nintendo 3DS. This console runs the same software as the 3DS and 3DS XL, but it does not have a hinge nor can it run 3D graphics. However, it is a lot cheaper, and is aimed at young children who might break a 3DS hinge and whose eyes are not developed enough to use the 3D effect safely. The console was released in October 2013 worldwide to coincide with the launch of Pokémon X and Y.

"New" Nintendo 3DS

"New" Nintendo 3DS
New Nintendo 3DS
Manufacturer Nintendo Foxconn
Type "New" 3DS (KTR-001) & "New" 3DS XL (RED-001)
Released Flag of JapanOctober 11th, 2014
Flag of America 19 10February 13th 2015
Flag of EuropeFebruary13th 2015
Flag of AustraliaNovember 21st, 2014
Flag of South KoreaTBA
Predecessor Nintendo 3DS
Successor None

On August 29th 2014, Nintendo announced improved models of the 3DS named New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL. This model includes greater CPU processing, the addition of ZL & ZR triggers and dual analog (the Circle Pad above the D-Pad and the C-stick above the A-B-X-Y buttons), the relocation of the START & SELECT buttons to the right of the Touch Screen (where they replicate the START & SELECT buttons on the original Nintendo DS), and recolored A-B-X-Y buttons, the latter reflecting the interface of the Super Famicom and PAL SNES controllers. This model will have five exclusive games, it was released on Japan on October 11th, 2014 and Australia on November 21st, 2014. It releases in North America and Europe on February 13th. Only the New Nintendo 3DS XL will be released on North America.

System Specs

The New 3DS has a quad core CPU, although the clock speed remains unchanged, RAM has been doubled to 256MB and VRAM has increased from 6MB to 10 MB.

Video Game Consoles
Nintendo Entertainment SystemSuper Nintendo Entertainment SystemNintendo 64Nintendo GameCubeNintendo WiiNintendo Wii U
Game BoyGame Boy ColorGame Boy Advance (Micro) • Nintendo DS (DSi) • Nintendo 3DS

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