Through The Looking Glass – Nintendo 3DS

Hey there guys, today I’ll offer you an in-depth look into the new Nintendo handheld called the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS
As I said, the Nintendo 3DS is Nintendos next generation handheld console, which obviously means that there a truckload of new features that you can enjoy when you buy the 3DS. The most notable of these is the fact that the 3DS can produce 3D effects (hence the name) without the need to wear one of those pesky glasses. Next to that the 3DS is backwards compatible with games that were released on the Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi and the Nintendo DSi XL. This, for me at least, is extremely important as I still like to play older games without the need to keep my older consoles close by.

Another feature is the fact that certain 3D movies can be played on the 3DS. Also, there are 2 cameras at the front and 1 above the top screen. You can take 3D pictures with these camera’s which is a pretty fun feature. Furthermore, the CEO of Nintendo has also released word that the 3DS will be able to film in 3D, by downloading a software update. Next, you can also browse the internet with the 3DS.

Next to these very interesting features there’s also a pretty impressive list of launchgames for the 3DS. See the list below for a definitive list of launchgames for Europe. Notable here is that there are quite a few games from third-party developers, and not so much from Nintendo itself.
PilotWings Resort (Nintendo)
Nintendogs + cats Golden Retriever & New Friends (Nintendo)
Nintendogs + cats French Bulldog & New Friends (Nintendo)
Nintendogs + cats Toy Poodle & New Friends (Nintendo)
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom/Nintendo)
De Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)
PES 2011 3D (Konami)
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Activision)
Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)
Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (Tecmo Koei)
Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft)
Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)
 Launch Date March 27, 2011
Price $249.99 
Included in Hardware 
  1. Game Card slot
  2. SD Card slot
  3. Cradle connector
  4. AC adapter connector
  5. Audio jack (stereo output)
  1. Nintendo 3DS system
  2. Nintendo 3DS charging cradle
  3. Nintendo 3DS AC adapter
  4. Nintendo 3DS stylus
  5. SD Memory Card (2GB)
  6. AR Card(s) (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games)
  7. Quick-Start Guide
  8. Operations Manual (including warranty)
 Characteristic Features
  1. 3D screen, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses and the ability to adjust or turn off 3D effect with the 3D Depth Slider.
  2. Stereo cameras that enable users to take 3D photos that can be viewed instantly on the 3D screen.
  3. New input interfaces including the Circle Pad, motion sensor, gyro sensor
  4. SpotPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and obtain information, game data, free software, videos and so on for players even when the system is in sleep mode.
  5. StreetPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS exchange data automatically with other Nintendo 3DS systems within range, even in sleep mode once this feature is activated by the user. Data for multiple games can be exchanged simultaneously.
  6. Convenient features that users can access without stopping game play such as the HOME menu, Internet Brower, Notifications, etc.
  7. Plenty of built-in software such as the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Maker, StreetPass, Mii Plaza, AR Games, Activity Log, Face Raiders, etc.
  8. Nintendo eShop where users can view trailers, software rankings and purchase software.
  9. System Transfer which enable users to transfer already purchased software from one Nintendo 3DS system to another. DSiWare purchased for the Nintendo DSi or the Nintendo DSi XL can also be transferred into a Nintendo 3DS system.
  10. Compatibility functions where both new software designed for Nintendo 3DS and most software for the Nintendo DS family of systems can be played.
  11. Parental Controls which enable parents to restrict game content by ratings as well as use of specific wireless connectivity, 3D functionality, etc.
Size (when closed) 2.9 inches high, 5.3 inches long, 0.8 inches deep.
Weight Approximately 8 ounces (including battery pack, stylus, SD memory card).
Upper Screen Wide-screen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses. Capable of displaying approximately 16.77 million colors. 3.53 inches display (3.02 inches wide, 1.81 inches high) with 800 x 240 pixel resolution. 400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D viewing.
Lower Screen LCD with a touch screen capable of displaying 16.77 million colors. 3.02 inches (2.42 inches wide, 1.81 inches high) with 320 x 240 pixel resolution.
Cameras One inner camera and two outer cameras. Resolutions are 640 x 480 for each camera. Lens are single focus and uses the CMOS capture element. The active pixel count is approximately 300,000 pixels.
Wireless Communication 2.4 GHz. Enabling local wireless communication among multiple Nintendo 3DS systems for game play and StreetPass. Enabling access to the Internet through wireless LAN access points (supports IEEE802.11 b/g with the WPA™/WPA2™ security feature). Recommended distance of wireless communication is within 98.4 feet. This can be shorter depending on the enviromental situation. WPA and WPA2 are marks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Input Controls

Input controls are the following: 

  1. 3D Depth Slider (enabling smooth adjustment of the 3D level effect)
  2. HOME (HOME button brings up the HOME menu)
  3. Wireless switch (can disable wireless functionality even during game play)
  4. POWER button
  1. A/B/X/Y Button, +Control Pad, L/R Button, START/SELECT
  2. Circle Pad (enabling 360-degree analog input)
  3. Touch screen
  4. Embedded microphone
  5. Camera
  6. Motion sensor
  7. Gyro sensor
Sound Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen (supports virtual surround sound).
Stylus Telescoping stylus (approximately 3.94 inches when fully extended).
Electric Power AC adaptor. Nintendo 3DS Battery Pack (lithium ion battery).
Charge Time About 3.5 hours
Battery Duration When playing Nintendo 3DS software about 3-5 hours. When playing Nintendo DS software about 5-8 hours. Battery duration differs depending on the brightness setting of the screen. The information regarding battery duration is a rough standard. It can be shorter depending on what functions of the Nintendo 3DS system are used.
Game Card Nintendo 3DS Game Card. The size is approximately the same as Nintendo DS Game Card.

I hope you’re as excited as I am to buy this new handheld? Can’t wait to play Zelda again!


Other games planned for 2011 are The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and new installments in the Mario Kart series. Below this you’ll find a complete list of specs for the Nintendo 3DS, it’s all a bit technic for me but I’m sure you’ll find more use of this, rather than me typing it all out in a structured text.

Author: Niels Van Hellemont

Hi, my name is Niels and I'm a long time fan of movies, anime, comics, games and whatnot. Could say that I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the above mentioned things. I'm currently studying for a Bachelor After Bachelor in Advanced Business Management - Human Resources Management.

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