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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

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.

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

Key Specs

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

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, Camera / 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 (802.11b, 802.11g) (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)