Nintendo 3DS

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The Nintendo 3DS (Japanese: ニンテンド3DS Nintendo 3DS) is a portable console developed by Nintendo. It is the successor of the first 3 updates of the Nintendo DS. Like previous DS consoles, it features dual screens, with the lower screen being a touch screen. However, the top screen is able to produce "3D effects without glasses" via a process called autostereoscopy. The console with feature backwards compatiblity with the DS and DSi consoles. It was released on February 25, 2011 for Japan, March 27, 2011 for North America. It is also been confirmed to be backwards compatible with Nintendo DS games and Nintendo DSi software. It is confirmed to also have a Mii Studio, and a Virtual Console for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.



AR Games

AR Cards

Augmented Realty Games (or AR Games for short) are games that use the AR cards and the 2 outer cameras to augment reality on your 3DS screen. You can then play a multitude of games such as archery and fishing. You can also use your play coins to purchase new games.

Virtual Console

Using the 3DS eShop you may purchase virtual console games such as exitebike or Kirby's dreamland, sort of like wii shop channel.

Nintendo eShop

The 3DS features its own video game and application download feature called the Nintendo eShop, which features games from the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, as well as 3D versions of "Classic Games", in addition to DSiware games.[1] The Nintendo eShop abandons the traditional Nintendo points system and instead use a cash-based system where people can either load money onto their 3DS directly with a credit card or through official cards bought in retail stores.[2]

List of Nintendo 3DS Versions

Version Number Date Released Description
1.0.0-0U System Default Initial version included at the launch of the system.
1.1.0-1U March 24, 2011 Improves stability of system. Music video White Knuckles by OK Go added (deleted on subsequent system update)
N/A June 7, 2011 Adds the 3DS Internet Browser, Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi to Nintendo 3DS content transfer, etc.


  1. 2011. "Nintendo 3DS - Built in Software and Applications". Accessed August 9th, 2011. Nintendo 3DS - Built in Software and Applications.
  2. Nintendo life. 2011. "Current Nintendo Points will be Useless on the 3DS". Accessed August 9th, 2011. Current Nintendo Points will be Useless on the 3DS.
  3. 2011. "Nintendo 3DS - System and Feature Updates". Accessed August 9th, 2011. Nintendo 3DS - System and Feature Updates.

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