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Revision as of 19:39, 6 June 2011

Nintendo 3DS
ニンテンド3DS Nintendo 3DS
The Nintendo 3DS
Release dates
Japan: February 26, 2011
North America: March 27, 2011
Europe: March 25, 2011
Australia: March 31, 2011
South Korea: N/A
Technical specs
  • Size:134.6mm x 73.7mm x 20.3mm
  • Screen size: 3.53 inches (top) 3.02 inches (bottom)
  • Weight: 287g
  • Camera: One inner and two outer cameras at 0.3 Megapixels
Related information
Console generation: Eighth generation
Pokémon generations: IV*, V
Console type: Handheld
Aqua Blue
Cosmos Black
External links

The Nintendo 3DS (Japanese: ニンテンド3DS Nintendo 3DS) is Nintendo's handheld game console for the upcoming eighth generation.

Announced in a March 23, 2010 press release[1], the Nintendo 3DS is fully backwards-compatible with all Nintendo DS games. Its revolutionary feature, however, is that it is able to display 3D graphics that appear to move in space depending on the direction that the system is facing, using a technique called parallax barrier.

More details on the 3DS were revealed at E3 in 2010, with graphics reminiscent of a Nintendo GameCube game being shown. The 3DS is fully compatible with Nintendo DS games, as well as its own games, while the 3D depth-sensing features are able to be adjusted at-will using a slider on the right side of the top screen. The top screen is slightly wider than the bottom, with a 5:3 aspect ratio, while the system itself features a control stick dubbed the "Circle Pad", in addition to the normal D-pad featured on all prior handhelds. The 3DS is also fully compatible with DSi-only features, like the ones in Pokémon Black and White.

Technical specifications

  • Size: 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • Top screen: 3.53-inch widescreen LCD, 3D capability, 800x240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing)
  • Bottom screen: 3.02-inch LCD, touch screen, 320x240 pixel resolution
  • Cameras: One inner camera, two outer cameras, both at 640x480 pixel resolution (0.3 MP)
  • Nintendo 3DS game card: 2GB Max. at launch.
  • Wireless communication: Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
  • Game controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, "Circle Pad" that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.
  • Other input controls: 3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.
  • Input/Output: A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack
  • Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen
  • Battery: Lithium ion battery
  • Parental controls: Included

Pokémon games

All releases listed are the year in which the Japanese version was released.


Title Genre Release
Pokédex 3D Utility 2011

Via backwards compatibility

The 3DS can be used to play games playable in the Nintendo DS series of systems, excluding Game Boy Advance games.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Dash Racing game 2004
Pokémon Trozei! Puzzle game 2005
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team Dungeon crawler 2005
Pokémon Ranger Action RPG 2006
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Main series RPG 2006
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time Dungeon crawler 2007
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness Dungeon crawler 2007
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Action RPG 2008
Pokémon Platinum Main series RPG 2008
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Dungeon crawler 2009
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Main series RPG 2009
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Action RPG 2010
Pokémon Black and White Main series RPG 2010


See also

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  1. Re: Launch of New Portable Game Machine (retrieved March 26, 2010)
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