33 Facts About Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo 3DS is a handheld game console produced by Nintendo.

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Handheld's most prominent feature is its ability to display stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories, and it offers new features such as the StreetPass and SpotPass tag modes, powered by Nintendo 3DS Network; augmented reality using its 3D cameras; and Virtual Console, which allows owners to download and play games originally released on older video game systems.

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Nintendo 3DS offered ten free NES games and ten free Game Boy Advance games from the Nintendo eShop to consumers who bought the system at the original launch price.

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Nintendo 3DS received multiple redesigns over the course of its life.

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Nintendo 3DS began experimenting with stereoscopic 3D video game technology in the 1980s.

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Nintendo 3DS later experimented with a 3D LCD during the development of the Game Boy Advance SP, but the idea was shelved after it failed to achieve satisfactory results.

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In October 2009, tech tabloid Bright Side of News reported that Nvidia, a graphics processing unit developer that recently made headway with its Tegra System-on-Chip processors, had been selected by Nintendo 3DS to develop hardware for their next generation portable game console.

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The Nintendo 3DS design shown at E3 was almost final, but subject to minor changes.

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In February 2011, Nintendo 3DS held four hands-on events in the UK named "Believe Your Eyes".

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Nintendo 3DS further stated that the NES Ambassador titles would see future release to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, while there were no plans to make the Game Boy Advance Ambassador titles available.

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Rumors of a larger model of the Nintendo 3DS being in production appeared during June 2012, when Japanese publication Nikkei wrote an article stating that the system was initially scheduled to be unveiled at E3 2012.

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However, Nintendo 3DS responded that these rumors were false and that the article was "entire speculation", but refrained from further commenting on the subject.

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The launch of the Nintendo 3DS XL coincided with the release of New Super Mario Bros.

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Nintendo 3DS officially announced their next console, the Nintendo 3DS Switch, in October 2016 and with worldwide release in March 2017.

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Fils-Aime assured that the 3DS "has a long life in front of it", and that Nintendo intends for it to co-exist with the Switch, while Kimishima considered the 3DS as an entry-level product for younger players.

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In July 2017, production of the New Nintendo 3DS had ended in Europe and Japan leaving the New Nintendo 3DS XL and then-recently released New Nintendo 2DS XL as the only 3DS models still in production worldwide.

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In June 2019, Nintendo 3DS confirmed that first-party game development had ceased, but that the system would continue to be supported through the near future.

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Nintendo 3DS Game Card is a media format used to physically distribute video games for Nintendo 3DS systems.

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The New Nintendo 3DS, which has an XL variant, adds additional controls and improved functionality, and is able to play certain games not compatible with the previous models.

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The regular-sized New Nintendo 3DS has slightly larger screens than the prior model, and a suite of interchangeable faceplates.

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The system is a variation of the New Nintendo 3DS line, featuring the additional hardware features and software compatibility of the New Nintendo 3DS, albeit without the stereoscopic 3D functionality, updated micro SD card placement to make it easier to remove, an updated home button and cartridge cover similar to the Nintendo Switch, and a foldable form factor.

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Nintendo 3DS Camera is a built-in photo and video recorder with an integrated media gallery and photo editing functionality.

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Nintendo 3DS Sound is a built-in music player and sound recorder.

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All content obtained from Nintendo 3DS eShop is attached to a Nintendo 3DS Network ID but can only be used in one system.

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StreetPass Mii Plaza is a StreetPass application which comes pre-installed on every Nintendo 3DS system, while Nintendo Zone Viewer is a built-in application that detects and makes use of certified SpotPass hotspots.

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Nintendo 3DS launched in Japan with 8 games, in North America with 12 games and in Europe with 14 games.

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Nintendo 3DS has published downloadable versions of this card in larger sizes.

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Download Play on Nintendo 3DS systems is backward compatible, meaning that it is available for Nintendo DS games.

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Approximately 8 months after its release, Nintendo of America announced that sales of the Nintendo 3DS had surpassed the original Nintendo DS in its first year, which was approximately 2.

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North American retailer Target reported that the Nintendo 3DS XL was among its top-sellers during the Black Friday.

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Nintendo has publicly stated that the 3D mode of the Nintendo 3DS is not intended for use by children ages six and younger, citing possible harm to their vision.

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Nintendo 3DS suggests that younger players use the device's 2D mode instead, although the American Optometric Association has assured parents that 3D gaming in moderation would not be harmful for children.

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Duenas asserted that Nintendo 3DS's vague warning that "there is a possibility that 3-D images which send different images to the left and right eye could affect the development of vision in small children, " was not specifically backed up by any scientific evidence, and that it was motivated by preventing possible liability rather than safeguarding against realistic harm.

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