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.
Nintendo 3DS XL Edit
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
On August 28, 2013 a more drastic revision of the 3DS was revealed called the Nintendo 2DS. 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
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. The new version is lighter, has improved screens and adds a small second slide pad above the ABXY buttons. It also features built-in for use with Nintendo's figurines.
New Nintendo 2DS XL Edit
On April 28, 2017, a "new" version of the Nintendo 2DS was announced. 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.
Professor Layton series games for the console:
- Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
- Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
The games for the Nintendo DS can also be played on the 3DS due to backwards compatibility.
- ^ Nintendo Announces 2DS - IGN
- ^ New Lineup for Nintendo 3DS Debuts “New Nintendo 3DS” & “New Nintendo 3DS XL” - nintendo.co.jp
- ^ Nintendo to launch New Nintendo 2DS XL portable system on July 28 - Nintendo Official Site