Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS Hardware FAQ


    imageAlong with the February 26 release date, Nintendo posted a spec sheet on the Nintendo 3DS hardware. Here’s what you get for 25,000 yen ($300):


    – Nintendo 3DS hardware

    – Nintendo 3DS charging stand

    – AC adaptor for use with Nintendo 3DS

    – Nintendo 3DS stylus

    – 2GB SD memory card

    – Six AR (augmented reality) cards for use with the 3DS’ camera

    – Quick start guide

    – Instruction book

    – Warranty



    – You can see 3D images without glasses on the top screen. The 3D effect can be adjusted by a slider on the side.

    – A sterographic camera that takes 3D pictures. The two external 0.3 megapixel cameras automatically turn photos into 3D.

    – New input interfaces: slide pad, motion sensors, and a gyro sensor.

    – Spotpass mode: The 3DS automatically connects to Wi-Fi spots and Nintendo Zones to download game data, demos, and videos.

    – StreetPass Mode – Similar to Dragon Quest IX the Nintendo 3DS exchanges data with other 3DS users. This feature works for multiple titles.

    – DS functions work within games. You can visit the home menu, notification lists, and internet browser while playing a game.

    – Built-in software: Like the Nintendo DSi, the Nintendo 3DS comes preloaded with apps. You can use the Nintendo 3DS Camera, 3DS Sound, Mii Studio, Streetpass mode Mii Plaza, AR Games, and a Memory Notebook.

    – Introductory videos and rankings can be downloaded from the internet.

    – Software purchased on a Nintendo DSi and/or Nintendo DSi XL can be transferred to and from a Nintendo 3DS. There is a limit of how many times you can transfer software, but Nintendo has not announced a number.

    – Backwards compatible with Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games.

    – Parental controls can be set for the web browser and what software can be run.



    – Size: 5.27 in. length, 2.91 in width, 0.82in depth

    – Weight: 8.11 oz.

    – Top screen is 3.53 in, widescreen and displays stereoscopic images without the need for glasses. 800×240 (400 pixels per eye) resolution.

    – Bottom screen is 3.02 in and has a touch panel. 320×240 pixels resolution.

    – Wireless LAN supports WPA/WPA2 security keys. A 2.4Ghz transmitter is included for crosspass mode.

    – Input: D-pad, A/B/X/Y/L/R/start/select buttons, analog slide pad (360 degrees of rotation), touch screen, internal microphone, camera, motion sensor, gyro sensor.

    – Other inputs: 3D Volume (a slider that adjusts the 3D effect), home button, wireless switch, power button.

    – Connection: Game card slot, SD memory card slot, ac adapter, charging station, headphone jack.

    – Sound: stereo speakers on the top screen.

    – Stylus: maximum length is 10 centimeters.

    – Battery – Lithium ion battery. (note: battery life was not announced.)

    – Game card: Nintendo 3DS game cards, which are the same size as DS game cards. These can hold a maximum amount of 2GB of data at launch.


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