Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo 3DS
ニンテンドー3DS, Nintendō Surī Dī Esu
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Release dates NAMarch 27, 2011
JPFebruary 26, 2011
EUMarch 25, 2011
AUMarch 31, 2011
Media Nintendo 3DS, DS and DSi Game Cards, Digital distribution

Nintendo 3DS (ニンテンドー3DS Nintendō Surī Dī Esu, abbreviated to 3DS) is a portable game console that is produced by Nintendo. It is the successor of the Nintendo DS game console series. The Nintendo 3DS is a autostereoscopic device capable of projecting stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories. Nintendo announced the Nintendo 3DS device in March 2010 and officially unveiled it at E3 2010 on June 15, 2010.


The ideal of creating a console that gives 3D capacity was already since Nintendo begin experimenting with 3D technology in the 1980s. The Famicom 3D System was Nintendo's first product that enabled stereoscopic 3D effects which only few titles has been released such as Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally, but due that the Famicon 3D System failed to garner market interest it was never released outside of Japan. Another console has been created by Nintendo that contains also 3D capacity named the Virtual Boy that has been released in the 1990s but evenly after more then a million copies has been sold, the Virtual Boy has also been considered as a failure under 3D technology. Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi encouraged additional 3D research in an effort to use the technology in the exhibition. Although the project fell short, Nintendo was able to collect valuable research on liquid crystal which would later aid in the development of the Nintendo 3DS.


Nintendo revealed the appearance of the Nintendo 3DS at Nintendo's conference at E3 on June 15, 2010. The video game website IGN reported that "several developers who have experienced 3DS in its current form", the system possesses processing power that "far exceed[s] the Nintendo Wii" and with 3D shaders, they could make games that "look close to current generation visuals on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3". They also cited "several developer sources" as saying that the system does not use the Nvidia Tegra mobile chipset. The first game that as been revealed was the new type of game of Kid Icarus: Uprising after a long time of the series. Afterwards different other game series then has been announced that new titles will also be available on the Nintendo 3DS.


Country Cost
Japan ¥25,000
North America $249
Europe £229/€170
Australia $349.95

Nintendo 3DS XL[edit]

Official logo of the Nintendo 3DS XL.

Nintendo 3DS XL (ニンテンドー3DS LL (ニンテンドースリーディーエス エルエル) Nintendō Surī Dīesu Eru Eru) is the second version of the Nintendo 3DS being compared to the Nintendo DSi XL. The Nintendo 3DS XL has been announced on June 21, 2012, during its Nintendo Direct broadcast. In Japan and in North America, the Nintendo 3DS XL has been released on the same day of the release of Super Mario Bros. 2. The Nintendo 3DS XL features larger screens and longer battery life than the original 3DS. The screens are 90% larger (top: 4.88 in (124 mm), bottom: 4.18 in (106 mm), and the battery life is increased by 86%, while the weight of the console increases by 46% (336 grams).

Costs and Release Dates[edit]

Country Cost
Japan ¥18,900
North America $199.99
Europe €199.99/£179.99
Australia $249.95
Country Release
Japan July 28, 2012
North America August 19, 2012
Europe July 28, 2012
Australia August 23, 2012
Korea September 20, 2012
China December 2012


Augmented reality[edit]

The Nintendo 3DS contains augmented reality containing 6 paper cards included by buying a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL. By scanning the qR codes that are shown on certain cards, real time graphics are augmented onto live footage. Other titles are also containing Augmented Reality cards such as Kid Icarus, Mario, Zelda. Pokémon holds more usage of Augmented Reality such as PokéDex 3D, 3D Pro and Pokémon Dream Radar.


Mii is also available on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS Xl. You can create your own Mii characters and evenly also new ones. You can import them from the Wii or Wii U, also exporting them to the Wii and Wii U. You can also create a Mii character by using your picture that you make through your Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL.

Nintendo Network[edit]

The Nintendo 3DS is the first console system that supports the new Nintendo's network infrastructure known as Nintendo Network. Nintendo Network is the successor of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service mostly used on the Nintendo DS console series. Nintendo outlined that the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was created as a way for developers to experiment with their own network infrastructures and concepts, whereas the Nintendo Network is fully unified network service. On the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Network allowed developers to create games with universal multiplayer without the need to enter Friend Codes for each person in a multiplayer game. This makes it much easier and more flexible for players to play with each other over the internet.

Dragon Quest series[edit]

Game Title Game Release
Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest 3: The Great Pirate Ship and Tails Troupe
  • Japan: November 2, 2011
Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D
  • Japan: May 31, 2012
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
  • Japan: February 7, 2013
  • Worldwide September 16, 2016
Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca's Marvelous Mysterious Key
  • Japan: February 6, 2014
Theatrhythm Dragon Quest
  • Japan: March 26, 2015
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Japan: August 27, 2015
  • Worldwide January 20, 2017
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3
  • Japan: March 24, 2016
Dragon Quest XI
  • Japan: July 28, 2017


  • The Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL are the only two video game console that has proven to be more successful in sales than the former 3D enchanted consoles that had been released earlier around the 1980s and 1990s.


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