AR Games

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AR Games
Developer(s) Arika
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s)
  • JP February 26, 2011
  • EU March 25, 2011
  • NA March 27, 2011
  • AUS March 31, 2011
Genre(s) Augmented reality, Targeting
Mode(s) Single-player

AR Games (Japanese: ARゲームズ Hepburn: Ei Āru Gēmuzu?) is a 3D augmented reality video game developed by Nintendo, and is preloaded on all Nintendo 3DS systems.

Overview of AR Games[edit]

AR Games is a pre-loaded app that consists of numerous augmented reality games. The Nintendo 3DS is bundled with six AR cards.[1] Five of the six cards have a picture of a character on them, consisting of Mario, Link, Kirby, Pikmin, and Samus. The sixth one is a question mark box stylized after the ones from the Super Mario Bros. series.

Some AR cards are compatible with other Nintendo 3DS games like Nintendogs + Cats, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pokédex 3D, Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! and Tetris: Axis.[2][3]

Because Nintendo 3DS systems allows to display Augmented Reality content via the AR card, at a size relative to that of the image on the card, Club Nintendo released a Giant AR Card that allows the users to view their Mii in life size.[2] The Giant AR Card can be purchased for 300 Club Nintendo points.[4]


There are various games the player can play, ranging from actual playable games to simple tools they can use for fun.

Players start with 6 boxes, with Archery being initially available. Playing Archery unlocks AR Shot, AR Shot unlocks Graffiti, and so forth.

  • Archery: The player must hit the targets that appear on-screen, using a reticle to fire arrows.
  • AR Shot: The player must use a cue stick to hit a ball into a goal.
  • Star Pics: The player can take 3D photos of their favorite Nintendo characters, using any to all 6 AR Cards.
  • Mii Pics: The player can spawn his or her created Miis, change their position and poses, and take pictures.
  • Graffiti: The Player can create a 3D drawing using various tools and place it in the world.
  • Fishing: The area surrounding the "?" AR Card becomes water, and the player uses the gyro sensor to control the rod. The player is under a time limit, and each fish he or she catches earns him or her points. Placing the AR card on certain colored surfaces will affect the fish that appear. For example, placing the AR card on a green surface will make Koopa Shells from Super Mario Bros. appear.
  • Shop Set: After unlocking all the Basic Set games, a small blue/purple block appears that flips the ground and reveals a second area, which is given the theme of nighttime. To enter the shop, players must activate the small house icon on the bottom of the menu, where they can buy new games with Play Coins.
  • Globe: The player can rotate a globe of the Earth and look at the features. Tapping the A button fires projectiles, which can be shot at the globe; overshooting causes an apocalyptic scene of the Earth exploding into space rubble, accompanied by grave music, and is replaced with the words "Look after our planet." Should the player want to view the Globe again, they must repurchase the item at the shop.
  • Clock: This is a cuckoo clock with the "?" AR Card acting as the cuckoo door. The clock, floating behind the AR Card, will show the current time, but can be changed with the Circle Pad, which changes the lighting from day to night. If the player moves the camera too close to the cuckoo, an explosion goes off, leaving the cuckoo bird charred.
  • Free Fishing: It is the same as Fishing (Basic Set), but without the time limit or point system.
  • Fishing Journal: This records the types of fish the player has caught in the Fishing games.
  • Archery 2: Similar to Archery, but with different and more difficult stages.
  • AR Shot 2: Similar to AR Shot, but with different and more difficult stages.
  • 3D Tools: The player can alter the area around the "?" AR Card with the stylus, creating pits, mountains, etc.


  1. ^ "Hands-on with the 3DS Augmented Reality mini-games | 3DS". Pocket Gamer. 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Nintendo 3DS Official Site - AR Cards". Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Make Your Nintendogs + cats Pop Out Onto Your Desk With AR Cards". Siliconera. 2011-01-16. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  4. ^ "Giant Mii AR Card". Club Nintendo. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 

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