Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS Battery Life Averages 3 – 5 Hours, DSiWare Can Be Moved Over


According to a list of Nintendo 3DS specs on Nintendo’s official website for the device, you can expect the 3DS’ battery to last you between 3 and 5 hours while playing 3DS software.


Playing regular Nintendo DS games on the 3DS won’t drain the battery as fast, and you can expect between 5 – 8 hours of battery life. Charging the battery completely could take up to 3.5 hours.


Nintendo’s spec sheet also reveals that you’ll be able to move digitally-purchased software (DSiWare) over from the DSi and DSiXL to your 3DS. However, there is an unspecified limit to the number of times you’ll be able to move a piece of software.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.