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Everything you love about Nintendo 3DS-only bigger!
Imagine playing games and watching videos on the go in full, eye-popping 3D... All without the need for glasses. Nintendo 3DS games have incredible graphics, and you can turn down the 3D effect to any level, or turn it off completely at any time with the built-in 3D depth slider to play games in crisp, clear 2D.
When you choose Nintendo 3DS, you'll be able to experience games from some of the most popular franchises of all time - from Mario to Zelda, Pokémon, Star Fox, and more - only playable on Nintendo 3DS. All featuring incredible graphics in glorious 3D, you simply won't find these games on any other gaming device.
In addition to its exclusive new titles and features, Nintendo 3DS is backwards compatible with nearly the entire library of Nintendo DS games. So if you're upgrading from a previous Nintendo DS system, you'll still be able to enjoy your existing game collection.
Nintendo 3DS comes built-in with the ability to take photos in 3D, thanks to the two outward-facing lenses. Capture eye-popping images of your friends & family, have fun with filters like the Merge lens, or even use the system's AR technology and included AR Cards to make Mii characters and Nintendo heroes appear in the real world with you.
Watch games appear right on your desk with AR Games. Create your own Mii and interact with other players in StreetPass Mii Plaza. Plant a friend's face in the game, or your own with Face Raiders—and more. Every Nintendo 3DS system comes packed with a collection of built-in software that will amaze you from the moment you turn the system on.
Nintendo 3DS comes hard-wired for quick and easy access to hundreds of new & classic game downloads starring your favorite Nintendo characters and more. Access to streaming TV shows and movies via Netflix, and a constantly updated stream of amazing 3D videos are also just a quick download away. It's all found in the Nintendo eShop*.
Want an even more immersive 3D experience? Games and videos look stunning on the super-sized screens of the Nintendo 3DS XL system - 90 percent larger than those of the Nintendo 3DS. An updated form factor, increased battery life, and included 4GB SD Card make for the grandest way to experience portable gaming.
The Nintendo 3DS system opens up a whole new world of eye-popping gameplay possibilities. The stereoscopic 3D display of the upper screen gives objects within the game world a feeling of space and depth that extends far into the back of the screen. It becomes easier to see the position of characters and obstacles in the world, making many game experiences even more intuitive for all types of players.
A built-in 3D Depth Slider allows you to immediately adjust the intensity of the 3D settings on the Nintendo 3DS system to your liking. The 3D effect can also be turned down completely - all Nintendo 3DS games and applications can be played in 2D, and look better than any Nintendo handheld before it.
Portable play control reaches a new level with these amazing features, allowing for new & unique gameplay mechanics. A built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor can react to the motion and tilt of the system, so whether players are twisting their systems side to side or moving them up and down, their motion-compatible Nintendo 3DS games respond instantly.
Game graphics have never looked better on a Nintendo handheld system, thanks to the two screens of the Nintendo 3DS system.
A widescreen display on the top screen shows 800x240 pixel resolution, allocating 400 pixels for each eye to create the 3D effect.
The bottom LCD touch screen operates at a resolution of 320x240 - with both screens capable of displaying a brilliant 16.77 million colors.
With the Circle Pad, located above the + Control Pad, Nintendo 3DS offers full analog control in 3D game worlds. Combined with the touch screen, traditional buttons, camera and microphone input, and advanced motion control of the Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor, the potential is extraordinary.
The Nintendo 3DS system uses its two outer cameras to see the world in 3D, much like the human eye. This allows for the creation of 3D photos, 3D video, and even 3D stop-motion animations, that make for an eye-popping addition to your next photo op.
Check out the Nintendo 3DS Photo Showcase. Browse featured galleries of user-submitted photos updated weekly, and submit your own.
All Nintendo 3DS systems come with a Stylus to allow for precise touch controls on the bottom screen.
The original Nintendo 3DS comes with an Adjustable Stylus that can be shortened or lengthened to your liking, while the Nintendo 3DS XL comes with a comfortable, full-sized Stylus.
Every Nintendo 3DS system comes packed with a SD Memory Card*. You can use this SD Memory Card to store your 3D photos, and sound recordings created on the Nintendo 3DS system, and music** from your PC. You can also use it to store games downloaded from the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo 3DS system has SDHC card compatibility to increase your storage space even further.
* Nintendo 3DS systems come with a 2GB SD Memory Card and Nintendo 3DS XL systems come with a 4GB SD Memory Card.
** Nintendo 3DS is compatible with MP3 and AAC file formats.
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*.
* Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games will be displayed in 2D graphics. Select Nintendo DS games that use accessories in the Game Boy Advance slot of the Nintendo DS system are not compatible with the Nintendo 3DS system.
Social and wired like no Nintendo system before it, Nintendo 3DS brings fellow players together in exciting new ways with StreetPass communication. Set your Nintendo 3DS to Sleep Mode and carry it with you wherever you go to exchange game data like Mii characters, high scores, and custom characters with other users you pass on the street. You control what data you exchange, and you can exchange data for multiple games at once, making virtual connections with real world people you encounter in your daily life.
StreetPass Mii Plaza: Find out more about StreetPass Mii Plaza and how to interact with other Nintendo 3DS owners.
Your Nintendo 3DS system can automatically connect to a wireless internet access point. Once connected, special items will download automatically to your system via the SpotPass feature, even while in sleep mode. Some of these surprise items include exclusive content and promotions from Nintendo Zone, unique 3D videos from the Nintendo Video service, and add-on game content from your favorite Nintendo 3DS games!
Not sure if you've received something? Look for the blue LED light on the outside of your Nintendo 3DS system or a blue dot on your favorite HOME Menu icon to find out what's been delivered to you.
Getting SpotPass on the go is easier than ever! Enjoy a free and automatic connection to Wi-Fi at over 29,000 Nintendo Zone locations across the U.S. and Canada. To find a location near you and learn more about Nintendo Zone,
*Manufacturer's suggested retail price. Actual price may vary. See retailer for details.
**Some of these features may not be available at launch
***There is a limit to how many times transfers can be made. Some software may not be transferred.
****Additional features added through system updates may also be subject to Parental Controls.
Some of these features such as the Internet browser, Nintendo eShop, system transfer and the ability to download software and videos using SpotPass will be available after system updates are performed.
Extra Large 3D Screen
The top screen of the Nintendo 3DS XL system are 90% larger than that of the original Nintendo 3DS, at 4.88 inches. It's the largest screen on a Nintendo handheld to date! The lower screen is also getting a bump up from 3 inches to 4.18 inches.
Longer Battery Life
Get your game on for even longer! The Nintendo 3DS XL comes with an estimated 6.5 hours of battery life - a noticeable increase from the 3.5 hours on the original Nintendo 3DS.
Larger SD Card
Now you can store even more of your favorite downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop on a larger 4GB SD card! This is double the storage space from the Nintendo 3DS - which means double the fun!