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Nintendo 3DS
Basic Information
Handheld Console
Nintendo DS
New Nintendo 3DS
PlayStation Vita
Unit(s) sold
Over 17.13 million worldwide
Super Mario 3D Land
Technical Information
Nintendo 3DS XL
Wi-Fi connectivity.
Supported Media
Game card, SD
Save Capabilities
Save to Game card/SD card
Voice recognition, 3D, Speakers
European Union European Release
March 252011
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release
March 272011
Australia Australian Release
March 312011
Japan Japanese Release
February 262011
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The Nintendo 3DS (often abbreviated to simply 3DS) is a handheld video game console produced by Nintendo as the successor to the Nintendo DS. Its most prominent feature is the ability to display stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories. Other features include 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. The 3DS features backwards compatibility with Nintendo DS software, from Nintendo DSi to Nintendo DS. The 3DS handheld was announced at E3 2010. It is a direct competitor to the PlayStation Vita handheld console.

Design[ | ]

The 3DS retains some of its old components from the DS. It still has a directional pad and an A, B, X and Y button. Along with those, it has new features: a circle pad that acts the same way as a D-pad; a home button on the bottom of the lower screen; an expandable stylus; two outer cameras enabling 2D and 3D photography,  one inner camera for 2D photography only, similar to the Nintendo DSi, an SD card slot, and a 3D depth slider. However, it lacks the Game Boy Advance game slot the Nintendo DS Lite had. It has features such as augmented reality, so they come with AR cards.

History[ | ]

This isn't Nintendo's first attempt at a 3D console. The Virtual Boy was a failed attempt at creating 3D in 1995. The Virtual Boy, due to it being released earlier than intended and nauseating effects of the 3D, became a commercial failure for Nintendo. They thought that a 3D video game console was impossible, but despite this, Nintendo continued anyway. After experimenting with a 3D display on a Game Boy Advance SP, (which was only a test GBA SP and was never meant to be released and never did) they went on to create the 3DS.

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