Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo 3DS
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No. of games Category:Nintendo 3DS games
No. of launch titles {{{launch_games}}}
Best-selling game Pokémon X and Y (as of April 7, 2014)
Last game N/A
Technical Details
Media Nintendo 3DS game cards, Nintendo DS/DSi game cards, Digital distribution
Storage capacity 128 MB FCRAM, 6 MB VRAM
CPU Dual Core ARM11 MPCore, single core ARM9
Model no. {{{model}}}
Compatibility & Connectivity
Can connect with Nintendo Network, Virtual Console
Backwards compatible with Nintendo DS/DSi
Services provided {{{services}}}
Launch date
  • NA: March 27, 2011
  • JP: February 26, 2011
  • EU: March 25, 2011
  • AUS: March 31, 2011
  • KR: April 28, 2012
Discontinue date N/A
Units sold
  • Worldwide:
  • NA:
  • JP:
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Predecessor Successor
Nintendo DSi N/A

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 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 features backwards compatiblity with the DS and DSi consoles. It was released on February 25, 2011 for Japan, March 27, 2011 for North America. It also has a Mii Maker, and a Virtual Console for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.


Features and Software

System Settings

System Settings allows you to change settings for your Nintendo 3DS, such as system profile and date/time. System Settings also allows you to calibrate the touch screen and Circle Pad, perform Microphone Tests and 3D Screen Checks, and use System Transfer.

Activity Log

Activity Log allows you to view records of activity on the 3DS (pedometer steps, game playtime, etc.). It also has a Software Library feature where you can view software you've played, how long you've played it, etc. You can also view rankings in the Software Library.

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.

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]


The October 6, 2014 system update added themes that could be applied to the Home screen. Five basic themes come free, with a Theme Shop selling more.

Name Description Music
Stars: Gold & Black Black background with gold stars "Happy Time"
Polka Dots: Gold & White Gold background with white dots on top, reversed on bottom "Summer Time"
Polka Dots: Black & White Black background with white dots on top, reversed on bottom "Chill Time"
Stripes: Black & White Horizontal black and white stripes "Chill Time"
Checkerboard: Black and White Black and white squares in a checkerboard pattern "Chill Time"
Mario: Felt-Stamped Characters Grey felt-style background with Mario characters "Secret Level" - Super Mario Sunshine
Mario: Wood-Burned Characters Wood-grain style background with Mario characters "Secret Level" - Super Mario Sunshine
Hanafuda Artwork from Hanafuda cards on top, Marufuku* on folders "Elegance"
Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: Two Worlds Artwork of A Link Between Worlds and treasure chest folders "Hyrule Main Theme" - A Link Between Worlds
Mighty Mushrooms Mushrooms and 1-Up Mushrooms "Toad's House" - Super Mario 3D World
Spotlight: Yoshi Yoshi artwork on top, Yoshi egg background and folders, Yoshi sound when exiting Sleep Mode "Rainbow Park" - Super Mario 3D World
Spotlight: Peach Peach artwork on top, crowns background on top, Peach and Mushrooms background on bottom "Rainbow Park" - Super Mario 3D World
Spotlight: Luigi Luigi artwork on top, Luigi logo background on top, Luigi and Fire Flower background on bottom "Rainbow Park" - Super Mario 3D World
Spotlight: Mario Mario artwork on top, Mario logo background on top, Mario and Star background on bottom "Rainbow Park" - Super Mario 3D World
NES: Jumping Mario Lakitu and cloud background on top, ? Block folders, , Mario on bottom jumps as icons are scrolled "Ground Theme" - Super Mario Bros.

List of Nintendo 3DS System Versions

Version Number Date Released Description
1.0.0-0 System Default Initial version included at the launch of the system.
1.1.0-1 March 27, 2011 Improves stability of system, improves network connectivity, and extends data receiving ability. Also adds a 3D demonstration video.
2.0.0-2 June 6, 2011 Adds Nintendo eShop, 3DS Internet Browser, DSi-3DS system transfer, and SpotPass functionality in Sleep Mode. Also introduces a bug in Ridge Racer 3D.
2.1.0-3 June 15, 2011 Adds automatic updating when a wireless internet connection is available. Also fixes Ridge Racer 3D bug.
2.1.0-4 July 25, 2011 System stability fixes.
2.2.0-4 November 13, 2011 Adds ability to join online games from Friend List. Required to run Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, and will automatically update to this version if a 3DS is not updated to this version or later.
3.0.0-5 December 6, 2011 Adds 3D video recording and stop motion/time lapse functionality to 3DS Camera. Adds Accomplishments, Music Player, Slideshow (for finished Puzzle Swap panels), SpotPass functionality, improved StreetPass functionality, new Puzzle Swap panels, and Find Mii II to StreetPass Mii Plaza. Adds demo downloads, in-game purchase downloads, Sleep Mode downloads ("Download Later"), add-on content for cartridge games, and improved convienience to Nintendo eShop. Improves Parental Controls, system security, and online play. Adds 3DS-3DS System Transfer, QR Code functionality (in HOME Menu's camera mode), and Nintendo Zone.
3.0.0-6 December 21, 2011 Minor improvements to system performance and StreetPass Mii Plaza.
4.0.0-7 April 24, 2012 Adds ability to create folders on the Home Menu to organize games and applications.
4.1.0-8 May 14, 2012 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
4.2.0-9 June 26, 2012 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
4.3.0-10 July 24, 2012 System stability foxes and minor adjustments
4.4.0-10 September 19, 2012 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
4.5.0-10 December 4, 2012 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
5.0.0-11 March 25, 2013 Makes Sleep Mode downloads still function when Nintendo eShop is open while in Sleep Mode
5.1.0-11 April 4, 2013 Fixes bug that prevents accessing System Settings
6.0.0-11 June 17, 2013 Adds save data backups for downloaded games
6.1.0-11 June 27, 2013 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
6.1.0-12 July 11, 2013 Can now update StreetPass Mini Plaza from within Mini plaza application
6.2.0-12 August 5, 2013 Adds support for StreetPass relay feature
6.3.0-12 September 12, 2013 System stability foxes and minor adjustments
7.0.0-13 December 9, 2013 Adds Nintendo Network IDs, Miiverse, and a notification system for software updates. Changes activation of the 3DS Camera to pressing the L and R buttons simultaneously. Removed limit of system transfers
7.1.0-14 December 19, 2013 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
7.1.0-15 January 22, 2014 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
7.1.0-16 February 26, 2014 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
7.2.0-17 May 12, 2014 Passwords for Parental Controls may now be emailed in case they are forgotten
8.0.0-18 July 7, 2014 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
8.1.0-18 July 24, 2014 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
8.1.0-19 August 6, 2014 System stability fixes and minor adjustments
9.0.0-20 October 6, 2014 Adds themes to the Home Menu and a Theme Shop for purchase able ones. Screenshots of the Home Menu are now possible. Alteration to the Nintendo eShop.

List of Nintendo 3DS System Revisions

Nintendo 3DS XL

The Nintendo 3DS XL.

In July 2012, a second iteration of the console was released, the Nintendo 3DS XL. It was released in North America and Europe in Silver/Brown, Red/Brown and Blue/Brown colours, and was also released in fully white and Pikachu-themed editions in Japan.

Differences between the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL

  • The 3DS XL boasts 90% bigger screens, which also results in a harder to lose 3D sweetspot, and more exaggerated 3D effect. The screens are also les light-reflective.
  • The 3DS XL has a larger battery life.
  • The 3D light has been removed, and the 3D Slider must now be clicked to be disabled.
  • Start, Select and Home are now more clickable buttons.
  • The 3DS XL comes with a larger SD Card.
  • The stylus of the 3DS XL is no longer telescopic, and is placed in the side of the console.
  • The circle pad is smaller, smoother, and indented further into the console. Additionally, the four protrusions of the D-Pad are now sloped.


  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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