|Type||Handheld video game console|
|Generation||Eighth generation era|
|First available|| February 26, 2011 |
March 25, 2011
March 27, 2011
March 31, 2011
April 28, 2012
|GPU||Digital Media Professionals PICA200 GPU|
|Media||Nintendo 3DS cartridge, Nintendo DS cartridge, SD Card|
|System storage||Included 2 GB SD card|
256 MB internal flash memory
|Controller input||Nintendo 3DS, Circle Pad Pro|
USB 2.0 x2
LAN Adapter (via USB)
|Online service||Nintendo Network (formerly Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection), Nintendo eShop, Nintendo Zone|
|Backward compatibility||Nintendo DS, Virtual Console|
|Article on Nintendo Wiki||Nintendo 3DS|
The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld video game console released by Nintendo. The console is the direct successor to the Nintendo DS. It is competing in the eighth generation of video game consoles alongside the PS Vita.
The console is slightly less powerful than the Wii, and has an autostereoscopic 3D screen which allows a player to see an alterable level of 3D without the need to wear glasses. It also features a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a touchscreen. The 3DS also features a wireless mode, active even in sleep mode, that renders it able to passively share information with other nearby 3DS systems, known as StreetPass. A mode similar to StreetPass, SpotPass also allows the 3DS to download data from the internet when the 3DS comes in range with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The 3DS is fully backwards-compatible with the DS, though it lacks a Game Boy Advance port that some DS games use. The built-in online shopping software Nintendo eShop, however, allows for the download of NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and other third party handheld console games. Game Boy Advance games have also been offered on the eShop via promotion.
Nintendo first spoke of the console prior to the 2010 E3 press conference, and Nintendo released the system in Japan on Febuary 26, 2011 and to North America in March 27, 2011.
A second model of Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo 3DS XL, was released on July 28th in Japan and Europe, and in North America on August 19th.
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|Home consoles||Nintendo Entertainment System · Super Nintendo Entertainment System · Nintendo 64 · Nintendo GameCube · Wii · Wii U|
|Handheld consoles||Game & Watch · Game Boy · Game Boy Color · Virtual Boy · Game Boy Advance · Nintendo DS · Nintendo 3DS|