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Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS

by Nintendo
Nintendo 3DS
 Ages 7 and Over
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo 3DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Console
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Colour: Coral Pink | Edition: Standard Edition
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  • ASIN: B006YUX5ZM
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 7.4 cm ; 1.5 Kg
  • Release Date: 10 Feb 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Colour: Coral Pink | Edition: Standard Edition

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.

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An open Nintendo 3DS - Cosmo Black
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 Cosmo Black 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 Cosmo Black 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.

Product Description

Nintendo jump into the world of 3D with the announcement of this upcoming 3D version of the DS console. Not requiring the user to wear glasses this handheld 3D experience will take games to the next dimension.

Included in the Nintendo 3DS box:

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

Console Features

  • 3D screen, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses and the ability to adjust or turn off 3D effect with the 3D Depth Slider.
  • Stereo cameras that enable users to take 3D photos that can be viewed instantly on the 3D screen.
  • New input interfaces including the Circle Pad, motion sensor, gyro sensor
  • 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.
  • StreetPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS exchange data automatically with other Nintendo 3DS systems within range, even in sleep mode once this feature is activated by the user. Data for multiple games can be exchanged simultaneously.
  • Convenient features that users can access without stopping game play such as the HOME menu, Internet Brower, Notifications, etc.
  • Plenty of built-in software such as the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Maker, StreetPass, Mii Plaza, AR Games, Activity Log, Face Raiders, etc.
  • Nintendo eShop where users can view trailers, software rankings and purchase software.
  • System Transfer

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gift Ever! 8 Mar 2013
Colour Name:Metallic Red| Edition:Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my 9 year old daughter who has wanted one for a while. She loves it and when I can get a go so do I. It's more than just a game console she loves the camera and video with all the extras. We were worried about the 3D making her feel ill but it is adjustable to suit whoever is playing, you can even turn it off if you want to. Haven't used it to its full potential yet as were to busy playing games! There is also parental controls which are very easy to use and set up. Would recommend to anyone.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased! 8 Jan 2012
By Adam
Colour Name:Ice White with Super Mario 3D Land Bundle| Edition:Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It arrived promptly, well packaged and undamaged.

In the box:
Nintendo 3DS Ice White, Super Mario 3D Land, 3DS Cradle (for charging) and Power Cable.
(Also comes with a slip of white foam for protecting the screens - some users have complained of lines appearing in the glass, this prevents it, and I've had no problems with it.)

The Product:
is beautifully made and features corrections in the build quality (I believe) that have sorted out the wobbly hinge. This is no longer an issue. The faces have a tendency to collect fingerprints, but it's nothing a soft cloth can't solve. If you're worried about the screen being too small and the graphics bad, don't fret: the upper screen (game screen) is easily large enough - even for games such as Mario Kart 7 which have long fields of vision and lots happening (the classic Mario Kart chaos!) The graphics are crisp and the pixels only noticeable at end-of-your-nose distance.

Taking the advice of reviews and discussions online, I am still working on the 3D. It is advisable to begin without it and then progressively turn it up over the course of a week or so. I have had the console for a couple of days and still only use the 3D at the lower end of the scale. On the first night, I had a mild headache, but no migraine like some users have claimed. I think, if you take your time with the 3D, your eyes adjust and you can cope with it easily. Using the full 3D makes me feel a little odd, so I tend not to. It is, however, very helpful for 3D Land, because it can otherwise be hard to judge your position (i.e. what are you going to land on etc.
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202 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future of 3D handheld gaming is here. 25 Mar 2011
Colour Name:Cosmos Black|Edition:Standard Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Nothing prepared me for when I first switched on my 3DS, and was greeted by the 3D interface of the system menu. The 3D effect is slightly different to the effect I had seen on 3D t.v's in electrical shops. The 3D tends to be 'into' the screen, with some effects coming out at you (but not like I saw on the t.v's). Basically, you have to experience it for yourself to get the effect of the 3D as it's intended to be.

The bundled software includes, MiiMaker, Mii Plaza, Augmented Reality (AR) games and Face Raiders. MiiMaker lets you design your own avatar (to be used in games), exactly like the Wii version, the difference with the 3DS version is that it allows you to automatically generate a Mii from a photograph taken from the 3DS's inward facing camera. You can then tweak your Mii to get it just the way you want it. You can also transfer Mii's from a Wii through a wireless connection. There is an option to turn your Mii into a sort of barcode, where you can put the barcode image on the internet, and other 3DS owners can scan it in using the outward facing cameras. Mii Plaza allows you to view Mii's that you have encountered on your travels through StreetPass (local wireless communication between 3DS owners passing by). You can use these Mii's to play an RPG mini game, and the more Mii's you encounter the better. Augmented reality involves placing a card with an image that the 3DS scans with the cameras and projects a computer generated image (character) onto a real world scene (like a table top), you can then play games that project objects onto your living room table. Face raiders allows you to take a picture of a face and then project the face onto the room your in, you then have to fire tennis balls at the faces before they cause you damage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow 16 Sep 2013
Colour Name:Cosmos Black| Edition:Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
I ordered this item and it arrived the next day my son will be over the moon on Christmas day it has built in games docking bay and charger the graphics are fantastic and easy to set up including parent controls to brill
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3D + Nintendo = Excellence 25 July 2012
Colour Name:Cosmos Black|Edition:Standard Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
OK, lets face it, Nintendo have been the gods of handheld game.
But it takes more than Mario and Zelda to make a console, and Nintendo have finally realised this.
Firstly, the console itself: The Nintendo 3DS is sleek, and isn't that big, only slightly larger than the DS Lite or DSi.
The screens have also been enlarged. The top screen is larger than the bottom making cinematics more engaging and most games on the 3DS have better graphics than the Gamecube, some could even be comparable to Wii-tier graphics. The graphics may not stack up to the PS Vita but Nintendo have never been graphic focused. It has a proper "HOME" button and a circle pad for better control.Lastly it has a 3D slider which works very well so if you have sensitive eyes don't worry about the 3D screwing your eyes up (which so far hasn't happened to anyone I know who owns a 3DS) the 3D effect works very well for most games such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance but sometimes may feel unnecessary, also you need to be situated at an angle to view them properly. It has a large Library featuring lots of 1st and 3rd party games like Super Mario 3D Land and Sonic Generations, and a proper online store (titled the Nintendo eshop) and an Internet Browser you can access while you have a game being played (Which is VERY handy, especially when you are stuck in a game and need a walkthrough) The stylus is very comfortable to use and it already has some apps pre installed. It is backwards compatible with Nintendo DS games so don't worry about saying bye-bye to Proffessor Layton, Pokemon Black/White or any other DS titles you love. I highly recommend this to anyone, although the 3D effect shouldn't be used by under 7's, to stop them from using it turn on parental controls and block the 3D option. Teenagers and Adults will also love titles such as Metal Gear Solid or Art Academy which are also on the 3DS, I hope my review helped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice device
It is the perfect size and it seems to be a perfectly good 3DS. Let's hope it stays that way!
Published 14 hours ago by Erik He
5.0 out of 5 stars great
brought as a Christmas present. works well and very good quality. was happy to get in white as i could not find in any stores in white and it was cheapest on amazon then in any... Read more
Published 6 days ago by verity chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars Good console
Bought this console for my granddaughter and she loves it. The screen is clear with crisp high class graphics and everything just looks wonderful. The 3D affect is outstanding. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Scoundrel
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing item from the package
Bought for my son's birthday and haven't used it yet. Delivery was on time, easy to set it up. However the stylus is missing from the package.
Published 10 days ago by Diyana
4.0 out of 5 stars 3DS
I chose this nintendo 3DS as my old one packed up on me. So I thought it was time to get myself a new kind.
Published 13 days ago by Ms T Forshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars great kit
i bought this as a second unit to play multiplayer games with my son. easy to use and set up.
Published 17 days ago by wai
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend
Arrived fairly quick and was well packaged, don't think it was the greatest deal but the price was more or less like everywhere else.. Read more
Published 20 days ago by korsete007
3.0 out of 5 stars Novelty item
To be honest I think most will not bother with the 3d function but will buy this simply to play games that are exlcusive to it (pokemon x&y for example)
There's a camera and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars my boy loves it.
Well worth the money, my boy who is 68( HUBBY) sits for hours playing it.loll If you need a quite time on your own, buy one of these for your other half. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Posum
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worked great and kept daughter happy for a long time, I do not like the small screen and it is for children rather than adults although there are some adult games. Read more
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