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Nintendo 3DS Handheld Console - Aqua Blue

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Nintendo 3DS
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo 3DS
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Console
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • Item Weight: 898 g
  • Release Date: 25 Mar 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,203 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Nintendo 3DS is a groundbreaking hardware release that brings 3D gaming to the handheld market for the first time. The fourth major release in the DS product line, the Nintendo 3DS utilises 3D Slider functionality and an improved top LCD display to present a glasses-free 3D effect on compatible games, while giving players the option to moderate the effect as they see fit. Taken together with additional features including full analogue control in 3D game environments, motion and gyro sensors that transfer the movements of the handheld into the game, 3D camera functionality, an adjustable stylus and full backwards compatibility and you have not only a must-have system, but a revolution in handheld gaming.

Nintendo 3DS logo
An open Nintendo 3DS - Aqua Blue
Nintendo brings amazing 3D, no glasses graphics to handheld gaming.
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Telescoping stylus included with the Nintendo 3DS
The telescoping stylus can be adjusted to the length you want.
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Nintendo 3DS Aqua Blue open revealing 3D Depth Slider and the Circle Pad Analog control
New controls including the 3D Depth Slider and the Circle Pad analogue control.
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Graphic illustrating the information sharing capabilities of StreetPass functionality for Nintendo 3DS
Exciting new functionality and software available on day one, including StreetPass.
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Closed Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS showing the exterior two 3D camera array
Dual exterior cameras for 3D camera functionality.
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Real 3D Graphics. No Glasses Needed

Introducing the Nintendo 3DS system. Experience incredible gameplay featuring real 3D graphics that do not require any special glasses or additional accessories. Nintendo 3DS is a breakthrough in portable entertainment, a truly cutting-edge piece of hardware that has to be seen to be believed.

Hardware Features

3D Screen

Like previous handhelds released by Nintendo, the Nintendo 3DS incorporates both an upper and lower LCD display in a clamshell layout. The lower screen features familiar Nintendo touchscreen technology, is 3.02" (2.42" wide x 1.81" high) with 320 x 240 pixel resolution and is capable of displaying 16.77 million colors, but the groundbreaking upper 3D screen of the Nintendo 3DS system is where Nintendo opens up a whole new world of eye-popping gameplay possibilities. This 3.53" display (3.02" wide x 1.81" high) is capable of displaying approximately the same 16.77 million colors, but with 800 x 240 pixel resolution. 400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D viewing. This stereoscopic 3D display gives objects within the gameworld a feeling of space and depth that extends far into the back of the screen. This amazing depth of field effect vastly increases the ability to see the position of characters and obstacles in compatible game, making many game experiences even more intuitive for all types of players.

3D Depth Slider

A built-in 3D Depth Slider along the right side of the top display 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 if the player so chooses. All Nintendo 3DS games and applications can be played in 2D, and look better when played on the Nintendo 3DS than any Nintendo handheld before it.

Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor

Portable play control reaches a new level with the Nintendo 3DS' Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor combination. Together these precision built-in features allow for new and unique gameplay mechanics as the 3DS reacts to real-time motion and tilt. Whether players are twisting their systems side to side, or moving it up and down, their motion-compatible Nintendo 3DS games respond instantly.

Circle Pad Analogue Control

With the Circle Pad, located above the + Control Pad, Nintendo 3DS offers full analogue 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.

3D Camera Functionality

Along with a digital camera facing inwards towards the player, the Nintendo 3DS system features two outer cameras positioned along its upper edge when device is open. These two cameras see the world in 3D, much like the human eye, allowing for the creation of 3D photos - and a similar 3D effect to that seen in Nintendo 3DS games. All cameras feature 640 x 480 resolutions with single focus lenses that use the CMOS capture element and an active pixel count is approximately 300,000 pixels.

Adjustable Stylus

The adjustable Nintendo 3DS Stylus takes the idea of touch control to a new and even more user-friendly level. Once removed from the holder, the stylus length can be adjusted to your liking with a simple push or pull. Now anyone can achieve the optimum level of comfort while playing games that use the stylus.

Cradle Charging

Dock your Nintendo 3DS system whenever you are not using it in the included Charging Cradle to keep it powered. You can then leave the system on in Sleep Mode while charging, so that it can communicate via the SpotPass feature at any time of day or night.

Other Key Features


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.


Nintendo 3DS includes 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.*

2 GB SD Memory Card Included

Every Nintendo 3DS system comes packed with a 2 GB 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.

Backwards Compatibility

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.***

Wireless Communications

Nintendo 3DS utilises a frequency of 2.4 GHz, enabling local wireless communication among multiple Nintendo 3DS systems for game play and StreetPass, as well as 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 environmental situation.

What's In The Box

Nintendo 3DS system, Nintendo 3DS charging cradle, Nintendo 3DS AC adapter, Nintendo 3DS stylus, SD Memory Card (2 GB), six AR card(s) (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games), Quick-Start Guide, Operations Manual (including warranty).

System Specifications

  • Size (when closed) - 2.9" high, 5.3" long, 0.8" deep.
  • Weight - Approximately 8 ounces (including battery pack, stylus, SD memory card).
  • Upper 3D Display - 3.53" (3.02" wide x 1.81" high) with 800 x 240 pixel resolution, range of 16.77 million colors and 400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D viewing.
  • Lower Screen - 3.02" (2.42" wide, 1.81" high) with 320 x 240 pixel resolution and range of 16.77 million colors.
  • Cameras - 3 (2 facing out, 1 facing in), each with 640 x 480 resolution capability; single focus lenses using the CMOS capture element; active pixel count is approximately 300,000 pixels.
  • Wireless Functionality - 2.4 GHz, supporting IEEE802.11 b/g with the WPA/WPA2 security features.
  • Input Controls - A/B/X/Y Button, + control pad, L/R button, START/SELECT, Circle Pad (enabling 360-degree analogue input), Touchscreen, embedded microphone, Camera, Motion sensor, Gyro sensor.
  • Other Input Controls - 3D Depth Slider (enabling smooth adjustment of the 3D level effect), HOME (HOME button brings up the HOME menu), Wireless switch (can disable wireless functionality even during game play), POWER button.
  • Parental Controls - Enable parents to restrict game content by ratings as well as use of specific wireless connectivity, 3D functionality, etc.
  • System Transfer - 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.
  • Built-in Software - Includes: the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Maker, StreetPass, Mii Plaza, AR Games, Activity Log, Face Raiders, etc.
  • Connector - Game Card slot, SD Card slot, Cradle connector, AC adapter connector, Audio jack (stereo output).
  • Sound - Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen (supports virtual surround sound).
  • Stylus - Telescoping stylus (approximately 3.94" when fully extended).
  • Electric Power - AC adapter. Nintendo 3DS Battery Pack (lithium ion battery) [CTR-003].
  • Approximate Charge Time - 3.5 hours.
  • Approximate Battery Duration - 3-5 hours (3DS software), 5-8 hour (DS software and/or with lowered brightness settings).
  • Game Card - Nintendo 3DS Game Card. The size is approximately the same as Nintendo DS Game Card.

* Some of these features may not be available at launch.
** Nintendo 3DS is compatible with MP3 and AAC file formats.
*** 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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 Aug 2013
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Had since September 2011, have not ever felt nausious or while playing in 3D, except occasion my during long car journeys. Now is a great time to buy, it has a large collection of quality games.
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175 of 202 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3D Side Effects 6 April 2011
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
OK, so the 3D is pretty cool, no denying it. But after using a 3DS for a few days now I'm starting to find some unwanted side effects.

NOTE before reading on you do have a simple slide switch that allows you to adjust the depth of the 3D as well as turning it totally off.

The fact that you don't have to wear 3D Glasses is great but, the screen has quite a limited "sweet spot" (the angle and distance at which the 3D works). Tilt the 3DS at a relatively small angle, or move your head too much and the 3D's lost and you see the blurred overlaid image that the system uses to produce the whole affect. Imagine watching a Movie in 3D with glasses, removing the glasses, with glasses, removing them again and so on.
I found that after a while my eyes were straining to constantly re-adjust and there have been reports of prolonged use (over 30 minutes) causing headaches and nausea. I don't play at this length of time so this is just reports but I can understand why.

My advice, you may/may not get on with the 3D. Before buying, if you can, try the hardware out. If you get on with it, it is worth it!
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94 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never too old!! 5 April 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My order was processed quickly and delivery only delayed by Royal Mail over the weekend.
What a wonderful piece of technology ( ie. gadget!) I'm 61 and have had a brilliant 24 hours getting to know the console.
Short sessions of 3D to start with have caused me no problems and I even managed to persuade my husband to look at some of the 3D photos I took! ' Ooo' and' Oh it's right in front' and 'the tap's coming out of the screen' were a few of the comments!
I bought Monkey Ball with the bundle and I think it'll be good. I'm not very far on with it yet because I spent ages fascinated by Face Raiders and the Augmented Reality cards - they are amazing (to me anyway!)
Glad I ordered it last week as I see it's gone up already! The Aqua Blue is a lovely colour - even though I'm definitely a 'red' person and would have ordered red if it had been available!

I also tried a DS game last night and found the screen very clear indeed. Better than my DS Lite. Don't know how it compares with the DSi and DSi XL though.
Looking forward to the new Professor Layton whenever it comes out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3Ds fun 5 Jun 2012
By Mo
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
My daughter is well pleased with her 3ds which was upgraded from her ds lite,that she broke(deliberately?hmmm!?) It has much more built in features such as the camera,video & sound recorder,game activities,internet etc
The design and controls are simply better.It has also a 3d slider that you can adjust or turn off.
The best ds released so far! Better value than the xl imho
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, love it 29 Jan 2012
By Louise
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought this for my finacee for Christmas, about a week later he ordered me to go get one myself so he could have a go on his! Loads of fun. Normally I don't really go for 3D-I always go to the cinema and watch 2D-but I play this loads and loads. I like the way it connects to the internet, and you can download games from there which are much cheaper. Would really recommend.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3DS review 25 Mar 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   

Following on from their incredibly successful DS, the new Nintendo 3DS retains the signature dual screen setup along with the touch screen too. The main difference here is the significantly larger upper screen which, you may have guessed, is used for the no-glasses 3D mode.

In the box:

3DS console
Charging cable
Chargin cradle
6 augmented reality cards
2gb sd card
Extendable stylus

The console itself:

I was surprised at the build quality. It feels nice and sturdy like the original DS Phat, a welcome change from the relatively flimsy DSi. That said though, it is almost exactly the same size as the DSi even while feeling so solid. The exterior is glossy, for better or for worse, so it can look nice and shiny but attracts a degree of fingerprinting even with its allegedly 'finger print resistant' coating.

The headphone jack is right under the bottom screen in the middle so it won't get in the way of you holding it. The stylus is a vast improvement: it is now metal and extendable which makes it far more comfortable to hold than the smaller styli of other DSes.

Something which did stick out was the sheer amount of lights on the system. I was playing Pilotwings in bed last night and there are no fewer than 3 bright coloured lights on the system: the blue power light, the orange Wi-Fi light and the green 3D light which is to the right of top screen. This last light was a little annoying, it sort of takes your attention away from the game. Not a deal breaker by any means but I would have preferred it not to be there.

The slide pad is superb. Forget PSP's thumb stick, this is well positioned, comfortable to use and responsive.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected!!! 26 Mar 2011
By Maria
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
(Review from a 14 year old girl)
I crazily went to the midnight launch to get this amazing console (and survived the next day of school) and I have not regreted buying this new console and going out at midnight to recieve it. I opened the box and it felt like Christmas Day again! The size of the console surprised me as I really thought it would be big and chunky but it's quite the tiny thing but that's no need to worry as the screen is very large and the touch screen I would say is the same size as the normal DSi.

When I put my 3DS on I was amazed at the 3D. I really hadn't expected it to be this good. It really is quite something. It is something that cannot be used all the time though as I do experience headaches afterwards when I'm tired, so I recommend to switch the 3D off when you are tired, just like it recommends. The pre-installed software is actually really fun! I have enjoyed throwing tennis balls at my own face and even my parents XD It's a great game and will bring much fun and it really makes gives use to the camera and makes the 3D stand out. I didn't know much about AR as not much was published about it but it's great fun. I wouldn't say you'll spend hours on it but you wouldn't on Face Raiders either but its great fun to play in once in a while. There's not much use with the character cards except for taking pictures of them but still great to use once in a while. I was very happy when I first found out you can create Miis!!!! I love them on the Wii and they're even better on the DS. So far you can use them on only Pilotwings (I might be wrong) but I'm sure Nintendo will be getting more games in support of the Miis!

Now it time to review the controls!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it is a really fun device and I can play games on it it also keeps me entertained
Published 6 days ago by Daniel Gerald Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars All great stuff when I check reviews and take from Amazon
All great stuff when I check reviews and take from Amazon. It's just like no worries to apply mind on what product is best recommended by people who have used it.
Published 23 days ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good but...
This is very good but its impossible mot grt a BRAND NEW blue 3ds as nintendo discontinued the blue colour

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Published 1 month ago by Sally Madsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo 3DS
This is a good handheld system. It has a good variety of games, and the wireless conectivity is a great improvment.
Published 1 month ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Best console i've owned, regardless of being a handheld.
The games library for this device has made it an instant classic for all ages. Zelda, Pokemon and mario all at there best.
Published 2 months ago by Christopher Gibbons
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly made
Nintendo has produced a brilliant product highly prone to breaking. My family has had about four which broke owing to faults which are widely discussed on the internet. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
Can't get enough of the colour and how vivid the screen is, you can turn off 3D mode which is great cause after a while yo get a bit of a headache. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great console
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4.0 out of 5 stars Picture is a bit misleading but no other issue
Work perfectly fine and it arrived fairly quickly, however the colour doesn't match the picture. Not really that much of an issue but still a bit misleading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars wireless card broke
After less than a year the wireless stopped working and the design of the console makes it difficult to open and repair. Read more
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