A red Nintendo 3DS console

The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld gaming console created by Nintendo. It is the successor to the popular Nintendo DS series. The console's main gimmick is it's larger top screen, with the ability to produce 3D effects without the need to wear special 3D glasses. The intensity of the 3D effect can be regulated through a switch on the right side, and can be completely turned off if needed. Other changes include the addition of a gyroscope and accelerometer to detect movement, the new circle pad, which allows for better control in 3D environments, and another camera to produce 3D images and videos.

Due to the initial unpopularity of the console, it received a giant price drop on August 12, 2011. To compensate the people who had bought their console for the higher price, those people were rewarded with 20 free virtual console NES and GBA games.

Redesigns[edit | edit source]

Nintendo 3DS XL[edit | edit source]

In 2012, a new version of the system was released called the Nintendo 3DS XL. This version contains 90% bigger screens and has an extended battery life. It also comes with a free 4GB SD card (unlike the 2GB card for the normal 3DS). Due to the small price difference with the regular 3DS, it is usually recommended to get the XL version instead.

Nintendo 2DS[edit | edit source]

On August 28, 2013 a more drastic revision of the 3DS was revealed called the Nintendo 2DS[1]. As the name implies, it is only capable of playing games in 2D and completely lacks a 3D capable screen. Despite this, it is compatible with all Nintendo 3DS games, as well as Nintendo DS games.

New Nintendo 3DS and XL[edit | edit source]

On August 29, 2014, Nintendo announced yet another revision of both the 3DS and 3DSXL, called the New Nintendo 3DS and New NIntendo 3DS XL respectively[2]. The new version is lighter, has improved screens and adds a small second slide pad above the ABXY buttons. It also features built-in NFC for use with Nintendo's amiibo figurines.

New Nintendo 2DS XL[edit | edit source]

On April 28, 2017, a "new" version of the Nintendo 2DS was announced[3]. It features similar improvements to the new Nintendo 3DS series, such as the added C-Stick and amiibo support. It is only available in an XL format.

Games[edit | edit source]

Professor Layton series games for the console:

The games for the Nintendo DS can also be played on the 3DS due to backwards compatibility.

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