Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo 3DS
ニンテンドー3DS Nintendo 3DS
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The Nintendo 3DS
Release dates
Japan: February 26, 2011
North America: March 27, 2011
Europe: March 25, 2011
Australia: March 31, 2011
South Korea: April 28, 2012
China: N/A
Hong Kong: September 28, 2012
Taiwan: September 28, 2012
Technical specs
  • GPU: Digital Media Professionals PICA200 GPU
  • Size: 134.6mm×73.7mm×20.3mm
  • Screen size: 3.53 inches (top) 3.02 inches (bottom)
  • Screen resolution: 400×240 (top), 320×240 (bottom)
  • Weight: 287g
  • Camera: One inner and two outer cameras at 0.3 Megapixels
Related information
Console generation: Eighth generation
Pokémon generations: I*, II*, III*, IV*, V*, VI, VII
Console type: Handheld
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The Nintendo 3DS (Japanese: ニンテンドー3DS Nintendo 3DS) is Nintendo's handheld game console for the eighth generation of video games.

Announced in a March 23, 2010 press release[1], the Nintendo 3DS is fully backwards-compatible with all Nintendo DS games (except those that require the GBA slot). Its revolutionary feature, however, is its ability to display stereoscopic 3D graphics without the use of glasses, using the technique of 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, such as those from Pokémon Black and White.

A larger version, known as the Nintendo 3DS XL, was released in Japan and Europe on July 28, 2012; in North America on August 19 and Australia on August 23. A third, entry-level model (lacking stereoscopic 3D features) known as the Nintendo 2DS was released on October 12th, 2013 in North America, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. The 2DS has no planned Japanese release. A new model, the New Nintendo 3DS, along with its own larger version, the New Nintendo 3DS XL, were released in Japan on October 11, 2014, Australia and New Zealand on November 21, 2014, and in Europe on February 13, 2015. In North America, only the New Nintendo 3DS XL was released on February 13, 2015, while the smaller New Nintendo 3DS was later announced for release on September 25, 2015.[2]

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, autostereoscopic 3D capability, 800×240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing)
  • Bottom screen: 3.02-inch LCD, touch screen, 320×240 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. Supports 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 Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo DS game cards, 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
  • Later firmware updates allow for the purchase and download of custom menu themes featuring various game franchises and characters.

Pokémon games

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

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Rumble Blast Action RPG 2011
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Dungeon crawler 2012
Pokémon X and Y Main series RPG 2013
Pokémon Art Academy Art training 2014
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Versus fighter 2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Main series RPG 2014
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Dungeon crawler 2015
Pokémon Sun and Moon Main series RPG 2016

Nintendo eShop

The Nintendo eShop uses the Internet to purchase and download select full 3DS titles, 3DS-exclusive downloadable games (including 3D Classics), DSiWare, and Virtual Console games with money uploaded onto the player's account.

Title Genre Release
Pokédex 3D Utility 2011
Pokémon Dream Radar First-person shooter 2012
Pokédex 3D Pro Utility 2012
Pokémon Bank Utility 2013
Poké Transporter Utility 2013
Pokémon Battle Trozei Puzzle 2014
The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon Action 2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version Main series RPG (demo) 2014
Pokémon Shuffle Puzzle 2015
Pokémon Rumble World Action RPG 2015
Pokémon Picross Puzzle 2015
Great Detective Pikachu ~Birth of a New Duo~ Cinematic adventure 2016
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version Main series RPG (demo) 2016

Retail titles

Select Nintendo 3DS retail software titles are available to download via the Nintendo eShop since August 2012.

Title Genre Original release eShop release
Pokémon Rumble Blast Action RPG 2011 2012
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Dungeon crawler 2012 2012
Pokémon X and Y Main series RPG 2013 2013
Pokémon Art Academy Art training 2014 2014
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Versus fighter 2014 2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Main series RPG 2014 2014
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Dungeon crawler 2015 2015
Pokémon Sun and Moon Main series RPG 2016 2016

Virtual Console games

Virtual Console games are old games that were originally released on past consoles, and have now been re-released on the Nintendo eShop. They can be downloaded after being bought.

Title Genre Original system Original release VC release
Pokémon Trading Card Game Card game Game Boy Color 1998 2014
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Puzzle Game Boy Color 2000 2014
Pokémon Red and Green Main series RPG Game Boy 1996 2016
Pokémon Blue Main series RPG Game Boy 1996 2016
Pokémon Red and Blue Main series RPG Game Boy 1998 2016
Pokémon Yellow Main series RPG Game Boy*
Game Boy Color*
1998 2016


Patches for various Pokémon games have been released on the Nintendo eShop. Additionally, Pokémon Shuffle can update itself when performing the daily check-in, but such updates cannot be downloaded through the Nintendo eShop. If an update is available on Nintendo eShop for a game the player has, the update has not been downloaded yet and there is an attempt to launch that game while connected to the internet, the system will inform the player of the update and offer to go straight to the update in Nintendo eShop to download it.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon X and Y patches Update 2013 - 2015
Pokémon Bank patches Update 2013 - 2014
Pokémon Art Academy patch Update 2014
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS patches Update 2014 - 2016
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire patches Update 2014 - 2015
Pokémon Sun and Moon patches Update 2017

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 and 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
Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure Typing 2011
Pokémon Card Game: How to Play DS Card game 2011
Pokémon Conquest Turn-based strategy 2012
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Main series RPG 2012



Sophocles's Nintendo 3DS


  • The Nintendo 3DS family of systems can play Pokémon games from the most generations, with the total being all seven generations (all core series and one spin-off from Generation I, a Generation II spin-off, a few Generation III spin-off handheld games, and all handheld games from Generations IV, V, VI, and VII).
    • The Nintendo 3DS family is also capable of playing at least one core series game from every region - being able to play the original Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow on Virtual Console; Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as remakes; and all DS and 3DS core series games (including the Generation II remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver).

See also


Game systems with Pokémon games
Nintendo handheld consoles
DS (LiteDSiDSi XL) • 3DS (XL2DSNew 3DSNew 3DS XLNew 2DS XL)
Nintendo home consoles
SNES (BS-XSGBNPSGB2) • N64 (DD) • GCN (GBP) • WiiWii U
Sega consoles