The Nintendo 3DS (Japanese: ニンテンド3DS Nintendo 3DS) is a portable console developed by Nintendo. It is the successor of the Nintendo DS. Like previous DS consoles, it features dual screens, with the lower screen being a touch screen. However, the top screen is able to produce "3D effects without glasses" via a process called autostereoscopy. The console features backwards compatiblity with the DS and DSi consoles. It was released on February 25, 2011 for Japan, March 27, 2011 for North America. It also has a Mii Maker, and a Virtual Console for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.
System Settings allows you to change settings for your Nintendo 3DS, such as system profile and date/time. System Settings also allows you to calibrate the touch screen and Circle Pad, perform Microphone Tests and 3D Screen Checks, and use System Transfer.
Activity Log allows you to view records of activity on the 3DS (pedometer steps, game playtime, etc.). It also has a Software Library feature where you can view software you've played, how long you've played it, etc. You can also view rankings in the Software Library.
Augmented Realty Games (or AR Games for short) are games that use the AR cards and the 2 outer cameras to augment reality on your 3DS screen. You can then play a multitude of games such as archery and fishing. You can also use your play coins to purchase new games.
The 3DS features its own video game and application download feature called the Nintendo eShop, which features games from the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, as well as 3D versions of "Classic Games", in addition to DSiware games. The Nintendo eShop abandons the traditional Nintendo points system and instead use a cash-based system where people can either load money onto their 3DS directly with a credit card or through official cards bought in retail stores.
List of Nintendo 3DS Versions
|Version Number||Date Released||Description|
|1.0.0-0||System Default||Initial version included at the launch of the system.|
|1.1.0-1||March 24, 2011||Improves stability of system, improves network connectivity, and extends data receiving ability. Also adds a 3D demonstration video.|
|2.0.0-2||June 7, 2011||Adds Nintendo eShop, 3DS Internet Browser, DSi-3DS system transfer, and SpotPass functionality in Sleep Mode. Also introduces a bug in Ridge Racer 3D.|
|2.1.0-3||June 15, 2011||Adds automatic updating when a wireless internet connection is available. Also fixes Ridge Racer 3D bug.|
|2.1.0-4||July 26, 2011||System stability fixes.|
|2.2.0-4||November 13, 2011||Adds ability to join online games from Friend List. Required to run Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, and will automatically update to this version if a 3DS is not updated to this version or later.|
|3.0.0-5||December 7, 2011||Adds 3D video recording and stop motion/time lapse functionality to 3DS Camera. Adds Accomplishments, Music Player, Slideshow (for finished Puzzle Swap panels), SpotPass functionality, improved StreetPass functionality, new Puzzle Swap panels, and Find Mii II to StreetPass Mii Plaza. Adds demo downloads, in-game purchase downloads, Sleep Mode downloads ("Download Later"), add-on content for cartridge games, and improved convienience to Nintendo eShop. Improves Parental Controls, system security, and online play. Adds 3DS-3DS System Transfer, QR Code functionality (in HOME Menu's camera mode), and Nintendo Zone.|
|3.0.0-6||December 21, 2011||Minor improvements to system performance and StreetPass Mii Plaza.|
Nintendo 3DS XL
In July 2012, a second iteration of the console was released, the Nintendo 3DS XL. It was released in North America and Europe in Silver/Brown, Red/Brown and Blue/Brown colours, and was also released in fully white and Pikachu-themed editions in Japan.
Differences between the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL
- The 3DS XL boasts 90% bigger screens, which also results in a harder to lose 3D sweetspot, and more exaggerated 3D effect. The screens are also les light-reflective.
- The 3DS XL has a larger battery life.
- The 3D light has been removed, and the 3D Slider must now be clicked to be disabled.
- Start, Select and Home are now more clickable buttons.
- The 3DS XL comes with a larger SD Card.
- The stylus of the 3DS XL is no longer telescopic, and is placed in the side of the console.
- The circle pad is smaller, smoother, and indented further into the console. Additionally, the four protrusions of the D-Pad are now sloped.
- ↑ Nintendo.com. 2011. "Nintendo 3DS - Built in Software and Applications". Accessed August 9th, 2011. Nintendo 3DS - Built in Software and Applications.
- ↑ Nintendo life. 2011. "Current Nintendo Points will be Useless on the 3DS". Accessed August 9th, 2011. Current Nintendo Points will be Useless on the 3DS.
- ↑ Nintendo.com. 2011. "Nintendo 3DS - System and Feature Updates". Accessed August 9th, 2011. Nintendo 3DS - System and Feature Updates.