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72 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Pros
  • Compelling 3D screen
  • Interesting AR game demos
  • Analog controls
Cons
  • Costly
  • Poor battery life
  • Screen requires exacting precision

Reviews

75
 
Average Critic Score
Critic Reviews 10

76
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 92
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Specs

Key Specs

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Screen size
3.5322
Touchscreen
No
Online features
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick
Motion controls
Yes
Camera
Yes
Game format
Screen size
Touchscreen
Online features
Direction control
Motion controls
Camera
Downloadable, Cartridge
3.5322
No
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
D pad, Thumb stick
Yes
Yes

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72 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

100
Stephen
The Nintendo 3DS is a great portable system. As someone who has been with Nintendo's...read more
80
arlindonighto
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
100
hailstormknight
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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