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
    8.1

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User reviews

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
garuzary7 garuzary7

I have had my 3DS since launch and have been very happy with it overall. The increased graphical power was my main reason for upgrading to it, as well as a curiosity in the 3D aspect. I think the graphics are a huge step up from the regular DS and the 3D effects are done well, depending on the...

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8.0
skitz187 skitz187

The 3d in the 3ds is finally getting better with some games, but the earlier games were not the greatest. I still turn my 3d off after a while. The spot pass feature is cool but would be better if more people around me had a 3ds. The camera is pretty low quality but messing around with my...

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7.0
bennyb bennyb

Looking forward to the 3D video recording function, the games library so far is ok, but not great, beside that the size is too large and the hardware design not really nice. Nintendo doesn't seem to have luck with 3D devices, but have to give credit to them for trying the 3D thing already the...

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8.0
Labtec7 Labtec7

The 3DS is Nintendo trying to keep the glory of the portable market in gaming systems. The launch wasn't as promising with game titles but that situation is starting to change with titles like Mario coming out. It's a good system on it's own with alot of new features and functions that will keep...

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9.0
thethunder thethunder

The 3DS isn't the best handheld system for everyone but if you want to play some Mario or Zelda, and maybe even put in like a game or two of Resident Evil (I don't like R. Evil), that's the system you'll want. Otherwise, it's the Vita you're looking for. Note: Battery life isn't great either.

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