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, boasting larger screens than the original Nintendo 3DS. A third variation of the 3DS, called Nintendo 2DS, will be released on October 12, 2013. It is considered a reduced-cost Nintendo 3DS, with a flat design rather than a clamshell design; it also lacks 3D visuals.
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