Nintendo 3DS family
|Type||Handheld game console|
Worldwide: 72.89 million|
(as of June 30, 2018)
|Operating system||Nintendo 3DS system software|
Mario Kart 7, 17.21 million|
(as of June 30, 2018)
Nintendo DS, DSiWare,|
|Predecessor||Nintendo DS family|
Throughout its lifetime, Sony's PlayStation Vita has been the main market competitor to the Nintendo 3DS family. There have been six models in the 3DS family: the original Nintendo 3DS and its XL variant, the Nintendo 2DS, and the New Nintendo 3DS and its XL variant, as well as the New Nintendo 2DS XL. Similar to the Nintendo DS family, which has been highly successful, the Nintendo 3DS family has also been successful, with nearly 69 million units shipped as of late September 2017.
Nintendo 3DS family
The Nintendo 3DS (abbreviated to 3DS) is a portable game console produced by Nintendo. It is capable of projecting stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories. Nintendo announced the device in March 2010 and officially unveiled it at E3 2010 on June 15, 2010. The console succeeds the Nintendo DS, featuring backward compatibility with older Nintendo DS games and DSi only games, and competes with the Sony PlayStation Vita handheld console.
The handheld offers new features such as the StreetPass and SpotPass tag modes, powered by Nintendo Network; augmented reality, using its 3D cameras; and Virtual Console, which allows owners to download and play games originally released on older video game systems. It is also pre-loaded with various applications including: an online distribution store called Nintendo eShop; a social networking service called Miiverse; an Internet Browser; the Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube streaming video services; Nintendo Video; a messaging application called Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in Europe and Australia); and Mii Maker.
The Nintendo 3DS was first released in Japan on February 26, 2011, and worldwide beginning in March 2011. Less than six months later on July 28, 2011, Nintendo announced a significant price reduction from US$249 to US$169 amid disappointing launch sales. The company offered ten free Nintendo Entertainment System games and ten free Game Boy Advance games from the Nintendo eShop to consumers who bought the system at the original launch price. This strategy was considered a major success, and the console has gone on to become one of Nintendo's most successfully sold handheld consoles in the first two years of its release. As of September 30, 2017, all Nintendo 3DS models and 2DS models combined have sold 68.98 million units.
Nintendo 3DS XL
The Nintendo 3DS XL was unveiled on June 21, 2012, as a variation of the standard 3DS with 4.88 inches (12.4 cm) and 4.18 inches (10.6 cm) displays, and a larger battery. It was released July 28, 2012 in Japan and Europe, August 19, 2012 in North America, and August 23, 2012 in Australia and New Zealand.
The Nintendo 2DS was unveiled on August 28, 2013, for release on October 12, 2013 in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It was later released in Japan on February 27, 2016. The 2DS was designed as an entry-level model targeting children; it features a flat, non-folding form factor, and does not include the 3DS's signature autostereoscopic display (the 2DS uses a single display panel with an overlay mimicking the 3DS screen dimensions).
New Nintendo 3DS & XL
The New Nintendo 3DS is a hardware revision of the original 3DS models; they feature a faster processor, a refreshed hardware design, additional shoulder buttons and a pointing stick, and integrated Amiibo support. The standard-sized New 3DS also features a larger display than the original 3DS model. They were released in Japan in October 2014, in Australia and New Zealand in November 2014, and at retail in Europe and North America in February 2015 with only the XL model available in the North American market at launch. The non-XL model was later discontinued worldwide in 2017 with the XL model being discontinued in Europe at the end of 2017.
New Nintendo 2DS XL
On April 27, 2017, Nintendo unveiled the New Nintendo 2DS XL. It is a variation of the New 3DS XL with a further streamlined design, and no autostereoscopic 3D display. It was first made available in Australia and New Zealand on June 15, 2017.
|Name||New Nintendo 2DS XL||New Nintendo 3DS XL||New Nintendo 3DS||Nintendo 2DS||Nintendo 3DS XL||Nintendo 3DS|
|In production||Current||Current in most regions (NA, SA, Asia, Australia); discontinued in Europe||Discontinued||Current||Discontinued|
|Current price||Same as the launch price.||Same as the launch price.||Discontinued||US $79.99 €99.99 C$109.99 £79.99||Discontinued||Discontinued|
|Units shipped||Worldwide: 72.53 million (as of March 31, 2018)|
includes 60.41 million 3DS and variants, and 12.12 million 2DS and variants
|Best-selling software title||Mario Kart 7, 16.76 million|
(as of September 30, 2017)
|3D enabled||No||Yes (adjustable depth with Super Stable 3D)||No||Yes (adjustable depth)|
|Display||4.88 in||Autostereoscopic (3D) 4.88 in (124 mm)||Autostereoscopic (3D) 3.88 in (99 mm)||3.52 in (90 mm)||Autostereoscopic (3D) 4.88 in (124 mm)||Autostereoscopic (3D) 3.53 in (90 mm)|
|Upper: 400 × 240 px WQVGA||Upper: 800 × 240 px (400 × 240 WQVGA per eye)||Upper: 400 × 240 px WQVGA||Upper: 800 × 240 px (400 × 240 WQVGA per eye)|
|Lower: 320 × 240 QVGA|
|approximately 16.77 million colors|
|5 brightness levels & automatic brightness adjustment||5 brightness levels|
|Processor||804 MHz quad-core ARM11 & 134 MHz single-core ARM9||268 MHz dual-core ARM11 & 134 MHz single-core ARM9|
|Graphics||268 MHz Digital Media Professionals PICA200|
|Memory||256 MB FCRAM @ 6.4GB/s (64 MB Reserved for OS)||128 MB FCRAM @ 3.2GB/s (32 MB Reserved for OS)|
|Camera||One front-facing and two outward-facing 0.3 MP (VGA) sensors
Infrared LED light facing the user
|One front-facing and two outward-facing 0.3 MP (VGA) sensors|
|Storage||4 GB Micro SD Card included
(Expandable up to 32 GB via Micro SDHC card slot)
|4 GB SDHC Card included
(expandable up to 32 GB via SDHC card slots)
|2 GB SD Card included|
(expandable up to 32 GB via SDHC card slots)
|Physical media||Nintendo 3DS Game Card (1-8 GB) |
Nintendo DS Game Card (8-512 MB)
|Battery||1400 mAh lithium-ion battery
||1750 mAh lithium-ion battery
||1400 mAh lithium-ion battery
||1300 mAh lithium-ion battery
||1750 mAh lithium-ion battery||1300 mAh lithium-ion battery
|5-9 hours for DS compatibility mode||7–12 hours for DS compatibility mode||6.5–10.5 hours for DS compatibility mode||5–9 hours for DS compatibility mode||6–10 hours for DS compatibility mode||5–8 hours for DS compatibility mode|
|Stylus||69 mm (2.7 in) long||86 mm (3.4 in) long||76.5 mm (3.01 in) long||96 mm (3.8 in) long||96 mm (3.8 in) long||Extendable up to 100 mm (3.9 in) long|
|Weight||260 grams (9.2 oz)||329 grams (11.6 oz)||253 grams (8.9 oz)||260 grams (9.2 oz)||336 grams (11.9 oz)||235 grams (8.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||159.36 mm (6.27 in) W
86.36 mm (3.4 in) D
20.8 mm (0.81 in) H
160 mm (6.3 in) W
142 mm (5.6 in) W
144 mm (5.7 in) W
156 mm (6.1 in) W
134 mm (5.3 in) W
|Online services||Nintendo Network
Physical Only Nintendo Game Cards
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Circle Pad Pro
The Circle Pad Pro can attach to the Nintendo 3DS, and adds a second circle pad and ZR/ZL digital triggers. A model for the Nintendo 3DS XL, the Circle Pad Pro XL, is also available.
Nintendo 3DS Stand
This accessory came bundled exclusively with every retail copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising. The stand made the game, and other games with similar controls such as Liberation Maiden, easier to play for various users, as it helped free the tension of suspending the console with one hand since the other hand would be using the stylus on the touch screen for longer periods than usual.
An NFC platform reader for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS was released on September 25, 2015 alongside Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. This peripheral allows Amiibo and other NFC-based items to be supported on the aforementioned consoles. The New Nintendo 3DS comes with an NFC reader already built-in.
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