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Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS
Production Credits
Developer(s)

Nintendo

Manufacturer(s)

Nintendo
Foxconn

Distribution
Release Date

Nintendo 3DS:
JP February 26, 2011
NA March 27, 2011
EU March 25, 2011
AUS March 31, 2011
Nintendo 3DS XL:
JP July 28, 2012
EU July 28, 2012
NA August 19, 2012
AUS August 23, 2012

Unit(s) sold

Worldwide: 52.06 million

Best selling game

Pokemon X & Y

Media

Nintendo 3DS cartridge
Nintendo DS cartridge

Graphics

DMP PICA200 GPU

CPU

Dual-Core ARM11 MPCore
single-core ARM9

Storage

1 GB internal flash memory

Controller input

A/B/X/Y buttons, Circle Pad, L/R bumpers, D-pad, 3D depth slider, volume slider, wireless switch, power button

Backward compatibility

Nintendo DS

Chronology
Generation

Eighth generation

Preceded by

Nintendo DS lite
Nintendo DSi
Nintendo DSi XL

  

The Nintendo 3DS (Japanese: ニンテンドー3DS Hepburn: Nintendō Surī Dī Esu?, abbreviated to 3DS) is a portable game console produced by Nintendo. It is capable of displaying stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories. Nintendo announced the device in March 2010 and officially unveiled it at E3 2010 on June 15, 2010. The console succeeds the Nintendo DS, featuring backward compatibility with older Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi video games, and competes with the Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld console.

History

The Nintendo 3DS was first released in Japan on February 26, 2011, and worldwide beginning in March 2011. Less than six months later on July 28, 2011, Nintendo announced a significant price reduction from US$249 to US$169 amid disappointing launch sales. The company offered ten free Nintendo Entertainment System games and ten free Game Boy Advance games from the Nintendo eShop to consumers who bought the system at the original launch price. This strategy was considered a major success, and the console has gone on to become one of Nintendo's most successfully sold handheld consoles in the first two years of its release. As of March 31, 2015, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems combined have sold 52.06 million units.

Several redesigns have been made since; the Nintendo 3DS XL, a larger model, first released in Japan and Europe in July 2012, featuring a 90% larger screen. An "entry-level" version of the console, the Nintendo 2DS, with a fixed "slate" form factor and lacking autostereoscopic (3D) functionality, was released in Western markets in October 2013. The New Nintendo 3DS (and XL) features a more powerful CPU, a second analog stick called the C-Stick, additional buttons and other changes, and was first released in Japan in October 2014.

Hardware

The handheld offers new features such as the StreetPass and SpotPass tag modes, powered by Nintendo Network; augmented reality, using its 3D cameras; and Virtual Console, which allows owners to download and play games originally released on older video game systems. It is also pre-loaded with various applications including these: an online distribution store called Nintendo eShop, a social networking service called Miiverse; an Internet Browser; the Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube streaming video services; Nintendo Video; a messaging application called Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in Europe and Australia); and Mii Maker.

Star Fox related titles

Star Fox 64 3D cover

Star Fox 64 3D's boxart.

Star Fox 64 3D, an enhanced retextured 3D remake of Star Fox 64 was released as an early game title for the 3DS. Through backwards compatibility, Star Fox Command can also be played on the 3DS. The Star Fox series was also represented in the fourth Super Smash Bros. game with Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi returning as playable characters.

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