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Reviewed on 2013-06-12
I can't explain why, but I am convinced that small, portable 3-D screens that don't require glasses are finally going to bring 3-D films (and, more significantly, home video and photography) into the mainstream. I would go so far as predicting that the iP...
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Reviewed on 2012-03-09
3D gaming experience is surprisingly good, - Sound build quality, - Ability to turn 3D off, - Large games selection, - Can play DSi & DSLite games, - Can create your own and keep others Miis, - Nintendo eShop, - Parental controlsGames are expensive, - Picture quality is poor, - Advised not to use 3D more than an hour, - Advised not to let anyone under 7 use device in 3D mode, - Have to get just the right distance & angle for 3D to look correct
Julie asked the Gadgeteer Kid and me if we would like to do a joint review of the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system. As many of you may know, the 3DS is Nintendo‘s latest and greatest handheld gaming device. Not being a video game player at all, I a...
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Reviewed on 2011-12-12
From a hardware point of view, the 3DS hasn't changed much since I looked at it earlier in the year. The software and price, on the other hard, have changed quite...
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Reviewed on 2011-09-06
Glassesfree 3D here today!, Backwardcompatible to DS/DSi games and DSiWare, Bonus: Builtin 3D camera for sweet stills and more,Expect some eye fatigue over long stretches, Limited titles at launch,
The makers of Wii and Game Boy have done it again with the 3DS. Its sweet, innovative technology is now a relative bargain, too: Aren't you glad you waited? ...
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Reviewed on 2011-08-17
The much-hyped Nintendo 3DS will launch on March 27, costing $249 in the US - in Europe, Nintendo says neatly, it's anyone's guess, as retailers will set the price.The form factor's much like the DSi. At the massive but rather chaotic European launch...
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Reviewed on 2011-07-01
3D screen doesn't require glasses, Bright, clear color, Online game downloads, Two cameras (one in 3D), Compatible with previous Nintendo DS games,3D requires viewing from a particular angle, Not compatible with GameBoy Advance titles, Shorter battery life than predecessors, Not many games take advantage of 3D yet, Cameras are low resolution
The Nintendo 3DS has received acclaim from top review sites for its glasses-free 3D display. It's a clamshell-style device, similar in design to the Nintendo DSi, with the 3D screen on the top and a touch screen on the bottom. It has two cameras (one i...
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Reviewed on 2011-06-30
Cool 3D effects, Plays normal DSi gamesNo overly compelling games are available, Expensive
Today I am going to briefly check out the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS has been around for a while now, but it's not selling in big numbers yet. This is mostly due to the lack of interesting games I think. Read on to find out what I thought about the Ninten...
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Reviewed on 2011-06-17
3D works surprisingly well. Bright, beautiful screen. Analog thumb pad is comfortable. Compatible with DS game titles.3D can be hit or miss; requires watching the screen at just the right angle. Mediocre battery life.
Nintendo has a long history as the reigning king of portable gaming. First there was the wildly popular Game Boy brand, including Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. Game Boy was eventually replaced by the Nintendo DS, which has been...
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Reviewed on 2011-06-09
Although we've previewed the Nintendo 3DS just before it's official launch (31/03/2011) in Australia, we decided to hold back on a full review of the console in order to give the unit a thorough testing and more than 10 games later, we're finally read...
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Reviewed on 2011-06-01
First unveiled at E3 2010, the Nintendo 3Ds is a handheld gaming console that enables you to enjoy stereoscopic 3D graphics without the need for either active-shutter glasses or anaglyph 3D glasses. When we received a review unit last month, we wasted no ...
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Reviewed on 2011-05-21
3D works well, comes with dock and included games, 3D is optional, has potentialOne analogue stick, 3Dinduced headaches, no unique games yet, low quality cameras, battery life poor, expensive at $400
The Nintendo 3DS in Aqua Blue (Image: Chris Southcott/TECHGEEK.com.au)Almost 6 years after the Nintendo DS launched, Nintendo has come back with more portable goodness. But are the improvements, including the new 3D functionality, in the Nintendo 3DS enou...
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Reviewed on 2011-05-08
Fun, adjustable 3D effect, Much improved graphics that expand gameplay types, A few good launch titles, Good hardware controls, Easy interface beyond games, StreetPass and SpotPass good for getting outside,Short battery life, Much costlier than an iPod touch, Not as flexible as the iPod or other multirole handhelds, No browser or online game store on launch.
Nintendo was once the unquestioned leader in mobile gaming and virtually cemented its position with the DS for more than half a decade. Then the iPod touch happened: Nintendo was faced with a rival that updates its hardware frequently and designs for t...
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Reviewed on 2011-05-04
Fun; Glasses-free 3D works; Superb controls; Mini-games included; Well-builtPoor battery life; Proprietary charge; Region-locked games
Despite doubts about the health and safety aspects of Nintendo's new console, the 3DS enjoyed record sales in its first days of availability in Australia. But is this new portable really the next big thing we've been waiting for?The question that's bou...
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Reviewed on 2011-05-02
Positively crammed with features and the 3D effect is very impressive,Battery life is on the short side.
3D films were first around in the 'roaring twenties' - although they only really rose to prominence in the 1950s, with the likes of . Then stereoscopic movies fell out of favour, before making a comeback in the 1980s, when put everyone off the idea ...
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Reviewed on 2011-04-28
In June of last year at the E3 Expo in Tokyo, Nintendo announced the new branch of its DS handheld game consoles, the 3DS. It was one of the biggest stories at E3 last year. After what has seemed like a very long wait, it’s finally here. But is it any ...
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Reviewed on 2011-04-19
3D; augmented reality games and StreetPass are fun and new; built-in games are pretty fun.Needs more 3DS games; battery life comparable to a mayfly's; regionlocked games may be a ­downer to some.
HANDS ON 3D: The 3DS is Nintendo's successor to its wildly popular handheld consoles and it actually lets you see 3D images without 3D glasses. Nintendo's amazing little machine is called the 3DS, and true to its name it lets you enjoy games in 3D. B...
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Reviewed on 2011-04-19
Widescreen display, better graphics capabilities, analog control, improved WiFi, built-in social apps and capabilities, recharging dock included.Pricey, less comfortable to hold, awkward support for DS games, short battery life.
Nintendo knows better than to base an entire gaming system around a gimmick, even if that would seem to be the case with the Nintendo 3DS.Indeed, for the first week or so that I had my new system, I was all about the gimmick. I was showing it off to pe...
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Reviewed on 2011-04-13
How do you create a successor to the DS, a video game handheld that seemingly “prints money?” Well, if you’re Nintendo, who’s sold 146.8 million Nintendo DS handhelds over a little more than six years, you launch the Nintendo 3DS – the world’s first g...
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Reviewed on 2011-04-09
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Reviewed on 2011-04-09
3D effects look great, Outstanding extras and preloaded software, Wellrounded experience provides fun even when not playing games,Poor battery life, Weak launch line up, Steep price point
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Display diagonal

8.97 cm (3.53")

Display resolution

800 x 240 pixels

Display number of colours

16.78 million colours

Second display diagonal

7.67 cm (3.02")

Second display resolution

320 x 240 pixels

Weight & dimensions


13.5 cm


2.1 cm


7.37 cm


226.8 g


Battery technology

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Battery life (max)

8 h

AC input frequency

50/60 Hz


Wi-Fi standards

802.11b, 802.11g

Security algorithms



Card reader integrated
Compatible memory cards



Colour of product




Nintendo 3DS


Built-in camera
Main camera resolution

640 x 480 pixels

Second camera
Built-in microphone
Built-in speaker(s)
Number of built-in speakers