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Nintendo 3DS Console

The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld game console produced by Nintendo. The system was announced in March 2010 and officially unveiled as the successor to the Nintendo DS. The system features backward compatibility with older Nintendo DS video games. As an eighth-generation console, its primary competitor was Sony’s PlayStation Vita.

The handheld’s most prominent feature is its ability to display stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories, and offers new features such as the StreetPass and SpotPass tag modes, powered by Nintendo 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. It is also pre-loaded with various applications including an online distribution store called Nintendo eShop; a social networking service called Miiverse (shut down in 2017); an Internet Browser; the Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube streaming video services; Nintendo Video; a messaging application called Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in Europe and Australia); and Mii Maker.

  • Developer Nintendo Research & Engineering
  • Manufacturer Nintendo, Foxconn
  • Type Handheld game console
  • Generation Eighth generation
  • Lifespan 2011–present
  • Units shipped All models combined: 75.87 million (as of June 30, 2020)
  • Media – Nintendo 3DS Game Card, Nintendo DS Game Card, Digital distribution SD/SDHC card
  • Operating system Nintendo 3DS system software, Dual-core ARM11 MPCore @ 268 MHz, Single-core ARM9
  • Memory – 128 MB FCRAM, 6 MB VRAM (Fujitsu MB82M8080-07L FC-RAM)
  • Storage 2 GB Toshiba eMMC
  • Removable storage – 3DS: 2 GB SD card (included) 3DS XL: 4 GB SDHC card (included), Cartridge save
  • Display – 2 TN LCD screens[show], Graphics DMP PICA200 @ 133 MHz
  • Sound – Stereo speakers (pseudo-surround), microphone
  • Input – A/B/X/Y buttons, Circle Pad, L/R bumpers, D-pad, 3D depth slider, volume slider, wireless switch, power button
  • Camera – One user-facing and two forward-facing VGA cameras
  • Connectivity 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Infrared
  • Power – 1300 mAh, 3.7 V lithium-ion battery
  • Weight – 235 grams (8.3 oz)
  • Best-selling game Mario Kart 7, 18.71 million units
  • Backward compatibility – Nintendo DS
  • Predecessor Nintendo DS
  • Successor New Nintendo 3DS

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