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Nintendo 3DS - Cosmo Black

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Nintendo 3DS
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  • Nintendo 3DS offers a new way to play, 3D without the need for special glasses. The 3D Depth Slider lets your determine how much 3D you want to see.
  • Play 3D games and take 3D pictures with Nintendo 3DS. One inner camera and two outer cameras. Resolutions are 640 x 480 for each camera. Lens are single focus and uses the CMOS capture element.
  • Connect to a deeper wireless experience with SpotPass and StreetPass, giving you more exclusive content and connecting you with other Nintendo 3DS users.
  • Complete with an adjustable stylus, 6 AR cards, and fun built-in software such as Face Raiders, Nintendo 3DS Sound, and the Mii Maker application.
  • Use Parental Controls to restrict 3D mode for children 6 and under.
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  • ASIN: B002I096AA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 2.9 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 27, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (504 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Modern handheld gaming has long been dominated by Nintendo and Sony. Each hardware manufacturer has multiple viable offerings derived either directly, or evolving from the respective DS and PlayStation Portable product lines. All of these devices are impressive multifunctional devices, with designs meant to encourage gameplay on the go, integration with the Internet, backwards compatibility to previous games, and so on, but each goes about this in different ways. Taking a few minutes to examine the main features, and getting more familiar with available options, accessories and possible limitations of each handheld is the optimal way to determine which is the best choice for a player.

Handheld Console Choices

Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSi/DSi XL
PlayStation Vita
Suggested Retail Price (prices may vary)
$249.99 - $299.99
(February 2012)
Dual screen: upper - 3.53" LCD, lower - 3.02" LCD touch screen
Dual screen, backlit, 3.25"/4.2", LCD with 256 x 192 resolution
4.3" full transparent
3.8" full transparent
5" OLED multi-touch screen
Internal Usable Memory
64 MB
64 MB
16 GB
External Media Storage
SD memory card
SD memory card
Sony Memory Stick Duo
Memory stick micro
New proprietary "NVG" flash cards
5.3" (l) x 2.9" (w) x 0.8" (h)
5.4" (w) x 2.9" (l) x 0.74" (h) / 6.3" (w) x 3.6" (l) x 0.84" (h)
6.7 (w) x 2.7" (w) x 0.7" (h)
5.0 (w) x 2.71" (h) x 0.65" (d)
7.2 (l) x 3.3" (w) x 0.73" (d)
8 oz.
7.5/11.1 oz.
6.7 oz.
5.5 oz.
Aqua Blue, Flaming Red, Cosmo Black
7.5 oz.
Piano black (other colors via bundles)
Piano black, Pearl white
Black (other colors to follow)
Backwards Compatibility
Plays most DS and DSi games
Plays all DS games
Plays all PSP games in UMD format, or available via download; also plays downloadable PS1 games for PSP
Plays all PSP games available via download and PS1 games for PSP
Plays all PSP games available via download and PS1 games for PSP
Wireless Communications
Supports local Nintendo wireless connectivity between devices and IEEE802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity
Supports local Nintendo wireless connectivity between devices and IEEE802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity
Local ad hoc connectivity between PSP devices and infrastructure Wi-Fi connection options
Local ad hoc connectivity between PSP devices and infrastructure Wi-Fi connection options
3G support in one or two hardware releases; standard ad hoc connectivity between devices and infrastructure Wi-Fi connection options in both
Online Media Portal
Nintendo eShop
Nintendo DSi Shop
PlayStation Network
PlayStation Network
PlayStation Network
Streaming Video
PSN movie rentals, and other video content
PSN movie rentals, and other video content
PSN movie rentals, and other video content
Internet Browser
Console Integration
Yes, with Wii
Yes, with Wii
Yes, with PS3
Yes, with PS3
Yes, with PS3
Game Media
Game card and digital download
Game card and digital download
UMD disc and digital download
Digital download
Digital download, alternate media TBD
Online Multiplayer
Local Wireless Multiplayer
Estimated Battery Life
3-8 hrs
3-14 hrs
4-6 hours
4-6 hours
Input Method
Touch screen, face and shoulder buttons, circle pad, motion/gyro sensor
Touch screen, face and shoulder buttons
Analog stick, D-pad, face buttons and shoulder buttons
Analog stick, D-pad, face buttons and shoulder buttons
Front and rear touch inputs, 2 analog sticks, D-pad, face buttons and shoulder buttons
Digital Camera(s)
3 (0.3 megapixels); 3D capabilities
2 (0.3 megapixels)
Built-in Microphone
Graphic Quality
Top adjustable 3D screen - 800 x 240 resolution; lower screen - 320 x 240 resolution
256 x 192 resolution
480 x 272 resolution
(16:9 aspect ratio)
480 x 272 resolution
(16:9 aspect ratio)
960 x 544 resolution
(16:9 aspect ratio)
General Game Price Range
$19.99 - $39.99
$1.99 - $4.99
$19.99 - $39.99
$1.99 - $4.99
$19.99 - $39.99
$1.99 - $4.99
$19.99 - $39.99
$1.99 - $4.99
$19.99 - $39.99
$1.99 - $4.99

Online Play and Functionality

The wireless revolution in personal electronics has made online functionality and connectivity to the Internet a huge focus in handheld gaming. Every handheld console has an online arena that has either been built specifically for it, or that has been adapted to suit the needs of online players. By utilizing these portals players can greatly expand their chosen platform's potential, maximize gaming fun and increase the overall entertainment value of their devices.

Nintendo eShop logo

The Nintendo eShop is your one-stop shop for exciting downloadable games, videos, applications, and so much more. Discover all-new 3D software, plus legendary titles from gaming past remastered in 3D. Revisit with classic portable "Virtual Console" games starring Mario, Link, many other faces from the Nintendo catalog of games. Gain access to hundreds of previously released DSiWare games, applications and much more. Browsing the Nintendo eShop is incredibly easy, and fun. Find any title in seconds, then view screenshots, game info, and even video to help you make your purchase. You'll even find details and 3D video of Nintendo 3DS games available at retail stores. All games are able to be saved in your own custom wishlist so you can always remember the titles you want to get.

DSiWare logo

DSiWare through the DSi Shop is a service that allows DSi players to download games and applications directly to their handheld console in exchange for DSi Points purchased through a local retailer. Experience new and innovative gameplay, fresh takes on the classics-and much more. Just shop, download, and enjoy. Visiting the DSi Shop is easy, just establish wireless broadband connection, click on the Nintendo DSi Shop icon from your menu screen and browse the shop and use Nintendo DSi Points. Games and applications can be saved to SD cards (sold separately).

PlayStation Network logo

PlayStation Network is an all access pass not only to a world of gaming, but also one of entertainment at-large. The service is 100% free, only requiring a PlayStation handheld (or a PS3) and a broadband connection to the Internet Once you are in visit the PlayStation Store where users can download games, first run and classic movies, previews, DLC add-ons for games, game demos, music and original PlayStation oriented streaming video content. Purchases can be made using a credit card or a PlayStation Network Card purchased offline. Content can be stored on external media or within the hard drive of the PSPgo.

* Existing Netflix unlimited membership account required.

Product Description

Nintendo 3DS
Play games in 3D without the need
for special glasses
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Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS combines all the functionality of 3DS XL at an even more affordable price. Play 3DS and DS games, take 3D photos, and connect with friends with StreetPass and SpotPass.

Nintendo 3DS includes two screens. The bottom touch screen makes use of a telescoping stylus that is stored in the unit itself. The top screen displays 3D visuals to the naked eye. Looking at the screen is like peering through a window into a world where characters and objects have true depth. The system also has a 3D Depth Slider that lets players select the level of 3D they enjoy the most. The 3D effect can be ratcheted up to the highest level, scaled back to a more moderate setting or even turned off completely, depending on the preference of the user.

3D Screen

The Nintendo 3DS system opens up a whole new world of eye-popping gameplay possibilities. The stereoscopic 3D display of the upper screen gives objects within the game world a feeling of space and depth that extends far into the back of the screen. It becomes easier to see the position of characters and obstacles in the world, making many game experiences even more intuitive for all types of players.

Nintendo 3DS
Play 3DS and DS games, take 3D photos, and connect with friends view larger
3D Depth Slider

A built-in 3D Depth Slider 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 – all Nintendo 3DS games and applications can be played in 2D, and look better than any Nintendo handheld before it.

Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor

Portable play control reaches a new level with these amazing features, allowing for new and unique gameplay mechanics. A built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor can react to the motion and tilt of the system, so whether players are twisting their systems side to side or moving them up and down, their motion-compatible Nintendo 3DS games respond instantly.

3D Camera

The Nintendo 3DS system uses its two outer cameras to see the world in 3D, much like the human eye. This allows for the creation of 3D photos, 3D video, and even 3D stop-motion animations, that make for an eye-popping addition to your next photo op.

Nintendo 3DS
Stay connected with StreetPass and SpotPass, even when in Sleep Mode
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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.


Your Nintendo 3DS system can automatically connect to a wireless Internet access point. Once connected, special items will download automatically to your system via the SpotPass feature, even while in sleep mode. Some of these surprise items include exclusive content and promotions from Nintendo Zone, unique 3D videos from the Nintendo Video service, and add-on game content from your favorite Nintendo 3DS games.

Key Features

  • 3D upper screen with 3D Depth Slider, lower touch screen
  • New input and controls: Circle Pad, gyro sensor, motion sensor, and pedometer
  • Cameras: One inward-facing, dual outward-facing
  • Wireless switch
  • Augmented Reality (AR) games and built-in applications

What's in the Box

  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Charging cradle
  • AC adapter
  • Nintendo 3DS stylus
  • Six AR Cards for use with augmented reality games
  • 2 GB SD Card for storing photos, music, and downloadable content.

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1,104 of 1,278 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good System but Games are Coming Slowly March 27, 2011
By Kevin
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
UPDATE: This system had slow start, but now with a good game lineup on the horizon (Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Star Fox, Luigi's Mansion, Super Mario Land, Kid Icarus, and a few more), the release of several features such as the virtual store and Netflix, and most importantly, the big $80 price cut, I have decided to bump this review up to a 4 star (originally 3). When the console first launched, it was tough to justify spending $250 on it, but now it is quite competitive at $170.

New Short Review

1. 3DS launched with very few games, and now a few good ones like Ocarina of Time have come out. E3 announced many good games which we'll see soon. The current lineup is still pretty lackluster and many of the upcoming games are remakes of older ones, but at least it's a step in the right direction. This is currently the biggest con of the system that has everyone online asking "WHERE ARE THE GAMES?". Nintendo has been slow even with their 1st party games which was also frustrating. Hopefully, we'll see some 3rd party developers make some good and new content as they did on the DS.
2. 3DS has poor battery life. The console lasts somewhere between 3 and 5 hours depending on if you turn on WiFi or 3D and how high you keep the brightness and volume. There's also a power saver mode that supposedly saves battery. 3-5 hours is pretty low. It will be enough if you just want to play for a little while or are at home, but it certainly won't work for a road trip or vacation. Compounded with a roughly 3 hour recharge time, the battery problem is further prounounced. This is quite disappointing, especially since the DS Lite could crank out close to 15 hours with the brightness turned down.
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474 of 583 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Length: 9:36 Mins
This is a run-down of all the most notable features in the Nintendo 3DS and how they stack up. I was probably too harsh on the StreetPass functionality as the technology itself is fantastic, but I am worried how well the feature will work in places that don't have high population densities. Still, a great system overall. Hopefully this video helps you decide if it's the type of device you want to own.

I do point out many criticisms of the system, but listen carefully for the many slices of praise. The criticism simply feels like it dominates because I have to justify it more than the praise, but I do think the 3DS is a great device.

- David Turnbull
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm a pretty big video game player, and I've owned most systems to come out of the gate; so I'm speaking from a bit of experience. Unfortunately, the Nintendo 3DS was a good product with substantial flaws and a lackluster launch. I'm going to keep this short but to the point.


-3D effect is quite good, and very clear
-Screens are very nice and vibrant, they look great, and the touch on the bottom screen is improved from the DS, seems more accurate, and also responds to touch fairly well at the risk of fingerprints everywhere
-Streetpass meeting of random other Mii's is pretty fun
-Included games and features on the system are fun and impressive, and Find Mii is a pretty good little RPG lite
-Analog nub is a bigger, more comfortable, smoother, better version of the PSP analog nub, absolutely fantastic
-Buttons are clicky and responsive (so is the dpad, not sure if thats a pro or a con, just different at this point)
-Comes with a 2gb SD card, very surprised to see that actually
-Charging cradle is a very nice addition
-Sound quality is good, definitely higher quality than the DS
-Had the black and aqua colors, they look fantastic, the aqua vibrant and the black shimmery from grey to black


-Games at launch are not that fantastic, plus there aren't many of them. Some are fun, some are ports (albeit good ones), some are just plain bad
-Battery life is terrible. Using all of the system features is a great experience that is hampered because the battery is unable to keep all those features working for any long amount of time, even the standby mode is short (reminds me of the PSP launch in that regard)
-The 3D "sweet spot" is narrow, not a distance issue, but a tilt issue.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best handheld device I have ever owned! August 18, 2011
I owned many mp3 players including ipod touch, zune, etc. I owned the psp, and laptops etc. I even owned a droid and many cellphones in my lifetime, but the Nintendo 3DS is the best handheld device I have ever owned! It plays music, so I don't even use my ipod touch anymore, it has a web browser too. It doesn't have flash or anything to use videos online, but that is what my pc is for, and it has Netflix anyway so who needs youtube! The games are amazing for it, and there are more games coming each week for it. I rather play Excellent games from Nintendo, instead of those cheap lame games that you get on a cellphone or ipod touch etc. The 3D effect is great. I'm getting 20 free games because I bought the 3DS when it first launched. I'm a 3DS Ambassador. Nintendo is great, and I really reconmend the 3DS if you want real gaming, and other cool features.
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