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What is the Nintendo 3DS?

What is the Nintendo 3DS?

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90% Larger Screen

Nintendo 3DS XL features the biggest screen ever on a Nintendo handheld console. The Nintendo 3DS XL screens are around 90% bigger than those on the Nintendo 3DS system. You'll be able to enjoy all your favourite games on bigger screens, with the same 3D graphic capability and all the features of Nintendo 3DS.

Circle Pad

With the Circle Pad, Nintendo 3DS offers fun and easy control in 3D game worlds. Run around your enemies in Super Mario 3D Land™, explore every corner of the magical world of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time 3D, enjoy precise controls in Tetris® and more.


Seeing marvelous 3D worlds come to life in the palm of your hands is an experience you have to see for yourself to believe! The large top screen of the Nintendo 3DS system uses the latest technology to produce vivid and convincing 3D effects without the need for special glasses.

3D Depth Slider

The 3D depth slider allows you to increase or decrease the 3D effect to find a level of 3D that's comfortable for your eyes. 3D can even be turned off completely, depending on your personal preference.

Touch Screen

Enjoy a whole new world of video game interaction with touch screen controls. Control your character, pat your nintendog, solve touch screen puzzles, write notes for your friends and much more, all with a simple touch of the screen.


Nintendo 3DS packs a microphone port, allowing you to talk to your nintendog, communicate with your friends via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in selected games, as well as interact with the game environment in brand-new ways.

Built in fun with 3D photos and videos

Take photo's like never before with the Nintendo 3DS Camera. The system comes with an inner and two outer camera's, allowing for pictures and videos in full 3D. Family portraits and videos will never be the same again!

Letter box

Share messages and more with your friends in a fun, new way with Nintendo Letter Box. This free software allows you to send and receive messages via StreetPass™ and SpotPass. Write a greeting or make a drawing, in 2D or 3D, and your friends will see the message animate as if it is being re-created before their eyes! You can also share photos and sound effects from your Nintendo 3DS, and you can even unlock and share new stationery designs.

eShop - Hundreds of downloadable games to choose from

Nintendo eShop is an online store that allows you to purchase and download games and software to your Nintendo 3DS. You can download classic Virtual Console games, all new Nintendo DSiWare titles, and you can even download free demo's for some Nintendo 3DS games. You can also view charts for popular titles, recommend software that you have played on your Nintendo 3DS system, watch 3D videos and more. Click here to see all games available for download on Nintendo eShop.

StreetPass™ & Local & multiplayer game play with family & friends

Create and share your own Mii character with friends and other Nintendo 3DS players. Turn on Street Pass and you can interact with other players as you pass by them on the street or with friends and family at home or work. You can also enjoy local multiplayer games or play online with anyone around the world via the Nintendo Network!

Plays all your favourite Nintendo DS™ games

Almost all existing Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi™ games can be played on a Nintendo 3DS system in 2D. With backwards compatibility, your existing portable games look and play just as well

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  • Mario Kart 7 Learn more
  • Mario Tennis Open Learn more
  • Super Mario 3D Land Learn more
  • Art Academy Learn more
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Downloadable Games

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  • Tetris Learn more
  • Super Mario Bros Learn more
  • Super Mario Land Learn more
  • Sparkle Snapshot 3D Learn more
  • Colors! 3D Learn more
  • 3D Solitaire Learn more
  • Mighty Switch Force! Learn more
  • Freakyforms Your Creations Alive! Learn more
  • 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure Learn more
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX Learn more
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