Nintendo 3DS

72
Global
Score
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Nintendo 3DS review

Summary

from $224.89+
Pros
  • Compelling 3D screen
  • Interesting AR game demos
  • Analog controls
Cons
  • Costly
  • Poor battery life
  • Screen requires exacting precision
Nintendo 3DS review

See that greenish blue thing up there? That might look like this greenish blue thing over here that we reviewed a few weeks back, but actually they're not the same. No, sir. This thing up there is the genuine, guaranteed, red-blooded American version, ready to tear a $250 hole in your gaming budget and make you go all googly-eyed for 3D. Naturally there isn't an awful lot different here compared to the Japanese version we already looked at, but we have had the opportunity to spend a good bit more quality time with this one than with the other one. Plus, being able to read all the manuals doesn't hurt.

What you'll find below is a full review of the American console including more game impressions, more in depth battery life tests, a dazzling demo of the thing's augmented reality gameplay, and some surpring performance results with good 'ol DS carts. So, join us, if you would, for a rather more in depth exploration of this, the next dimension in handheld console gaming.

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Scores

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Breakdown

Game library
7.3
Graphics
8.2
Battery life
5.1
Portability (size / weight)
7.1
Durability
8.0
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Specs

3DS

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick
Motion controls
yes
Camera
yes
Online features
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
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Specs

3DS

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick
Motion controls
yes
Camera
yes
Online features
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
View Full Specs
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