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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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).

Engadget Review

Both of the new 3DSes bring enough improvements to warrant an upgrade from the original system. Nintendo has finally managed to make the 3D effect work comfortably, and hardware looks more refined on both models. If you already own a 3DS, an upgrade in 2015 is a wise decision.

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Pros
  • 3D screen works better, is more enjoyable to use
  • Secondary analog pad offers richer control options
  • Upgraded processor does everything faster
Cons
  • Some games work differently on the last-gen 3DSes
  • Customizable plates only offered on the smaller New 3DS
  • Buying games and apps is still a chore

Reviews

85
 
Average Critic Score
Critic Reviews 6

92
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 5
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Specs

Key Specs

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Screen size
3.5322
Touchscreen
Yes
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
Yes
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
D pad, Thumb stick
Yes
Yes

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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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).

Scores

Engadget

85
 

User Reviews

100
John
I love the Damn thing . I got it as a birthday present years ago and I'm still...read more
80
William
Aesthetically and functionally the greatest handheld gaming-centric device ever...read more
100
Ahmir
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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