March 23rd 2010 4:01 am

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IGN says:

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A compelling expansion to Nintendo's handheld gaming platform, but it is far from perfect. Though the 3D experience has its moments of absolute brilliance, it can be short-lived due to the imprecise nature of glasses-free 3D technology, with distortion, ghosting, and user discomfort. quote


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Critic reviews

7.6
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  • Game library
    7.4
  • Graphics
    8.2
  • Battery life
    4.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.0
  • Durability
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7.6
103 reviews
8.0
Engadget Mar 8, 2011

The addition of analog controls makes gaming feel more modern, the increased graphics horsepower makes games look more modern, and the reduced battery life will make gamers feel the all-too modern pangs of battery anxiety.

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7.0
Engadget Mar 21, 2011

The AR games are a lot of fun, for a little while at least, and the 3D effect is genuinely compelling. Some people recoil in horror long before their eyes have adjusted, but most folks who've tried the system really like it once they find their own personal sweet spot.

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8.0
Joystiq Mar 10, 2011

In general, looking at it as a gadget, I'm pretty impressed. The 3D feature works as advertised (if you've got two working eyes, of course), is quite pleasant to behold and to hold, and it's loaded with built-in content that is actually worthwhile.

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8.0
Kotaku Feb 26, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS is a grown-up piece of hardware. And it does the grown-up stuff well. It is stylish and has an array of truly nice touches. There are quibbles, which might fade over time during the 3DS's life span. That, or be addressed in the inevitable hardware revision. Whichever comes first.

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7.0
SlashGear Mar 25, 2011

The 3D flits between being a gimmick and adding a true extra layer of depth ... it does at least give the Nintendo a unique proposition ... some of the hardware decisions undermine the overall value, like the mediocre resolution of the camera ... and the disappointing battery life.

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9.0
TechRadar Mar 27, 2011

This is a device that's going to grab everyone all over again but, at the same time, it's got plenty to offer the gaming hardcore as well and that's just as big a step forward as the specless 3D visuals.

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7.0
IGN Mar 19, 2011

A compelling expansion to Nintendo's handheld gaming platform, but it is far from perfect. Though the 3D experience has its moments of absolute brilliance, it can be short-lived due to the imprecise nature of glasses-free 3D technology, with distortion, ghosting, and user discomfort.

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7.0
VentureBeat Mar 26, 2011

The 3DS is a nice system with a lot of trade-offs. I’d like to see more games exploit the motion control in the system, just as many iPhone games do. At this point, the system has potential. But if you’re strapped for cash, you might want to wait and see if that killer app comes along or not.

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7.0
Destructoid Mar 23, 2011

Nintendo has made great strides in both the quality of the hardware as well as the usability of the built-in software. While the glasses-free 3D technology is impressive and on the cutting edge, neither of us are entirely sold on the notion that it's going to change how we play games.

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7.0
The Gadgeteer Mar 9, 2012

When anyone with an iOS or Android device can download the latest HD game for under $10, or better yet $0.99, I do not see how a device of this size, capabilities, and cost to play will be able to survive.

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8.0
JacobSales JacobSales

The 3DS is a great upgrade to the DS line. However if your looking for all the great Nintendo titles right off the bat, well you better wait a little bit. The graphics are pretty good compared to the DSi. The system update that brought the eShop and the browser are great additions. The camera...

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9.0
Vinnymac Vinnymac

The Nintendo 3DS is an interesting product on the market right now. It has "redesign" being called out by many of its users, and it dropped its original price quite early in its life cycle. However, after months of use from my 3DS. I have to say I enjoy it a lot. When I compare it to my DS, I see...

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7.0
aungye91 aungye91

That $170 game player looks cheap at first thought, but you have to buy games for the future. You can play DS games with R4 card, but you might want to play 3D games with that. As it is glass free 3D, you need to get into right position when you play in 3D mode. That makes you uncomfortable when...

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