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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.

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Engadget Review

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

80
timchoi89
Most of the important points are already said in the category ratings. Anyway,...read more
60
HexiJosh
Out of excitement, I bought the 3DS on launch day. 5 hours later I regretted...read more
80
Nintendonick
This thing is magic. I love my 3DS. I have had absolutely no issues with the...read more
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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
Model

General

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge (2048 MB)
Backward compatible
Yes (1 generations)

Display

Secondary display
Yes

Controls / accessories

Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick (1)
Motion controls
Yes (Accelerometer, Optical)
Camera
Yes (Internal) (0.3 megapixels)
Other peripherals
Headset mic, Other

Sound

Speakers
Stereo
Audio jack
3.5mm

Media playback

Photo viewer
Yes
Audio playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3)
Video playback
Yes

Networking / online service

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Online features
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
Downloadable content
Games, Game updates

Storage

Internal storage
Yes
Memory card support
Yes (SD)

Hardware

CPU speed
266 MHz
GPU speed
133 MHz
Video RAM
4 MB
System RAM
64 MB
Internal ROM
1536 MB
USB
None

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)

Other features

Screen size
3.53 inches
Screen resolution
800x240
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
Screen size
3.02 inches
Screen resolution
320x240
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes