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Nintendo 3DS
3D logo


Released JapanFebruary 26, 2011
Flag of EuropeMarch 25, 2011
US FlagMarch 27, 2011
Predecessor Nintendo DSI

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



The graphics on the Nintendo 3DS are greatly improved.

  1. 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, so controls can be more free. 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.
  2. The 3DS has two screens: the lower screen, which remains a regular touch screen, but the top screen has been shortened and lengthened, and it serves as the 3D screen for the console.
  3. There is a slider on the right side of the console allowing one to adjust the 3D depth so it can be focused. One can also turn the 3D off, for example if one is blind in one eye, the screen would appear as two transparent images overlapping one another.
  4. From watching the gameplay footage from the Kid Icarus: Uprising trailer, one can see that there are vast improvements to the graphics.
  5. The 3DS is also able to play 3D movies, on the top screen.
  6. It is backwards compatible with the Nintendo DS and DSi.
  7. It has a Virtual Console with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games.
  8. Carrying the 3DS whilst traveling allows you to swap data with other 3DS', called "StreetPass."

Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo 3DS XL (LL)
Nintendo 3DS XL logo


Released JapanJuly 28, 2012
Flag of EuropeJuly 28, 2012
US FlagAugust 19, 2012
Predecessor Nintendo 3DS

The 3DS XL (LL in Japan) 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. Also, 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

Nintendo have also announced a 3rd 3DS console, the Nintendo 2DS. 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 versions.

New Nintendo 3DS

New Nintendo 3DS
New Nintendo 3DS


Released JapanOctober 11th
Flag of EuropeTBA
Predecessor Nintendo 2DS

On August 29th, Nintendo announced improved models of the 3DS named New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL. This model includes greater CPU proccessing, 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 5 exclusive games, it will be released on Japan on October 11th, 2014. North American and PAL release dates have yet to be announced.

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