Official Nintendo 3DS/DS Hardware Information Thread - [Up June 26/12]

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#1 Posted by Haziqonfire (36344 posts) -

The Official Nintendo 3DS and DS Hardware Info Thread


Nintendo 3DS

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Features

  • Play 3D games without glasses
  • 3D is optional via the 3D depth slider - it can be turned off completely
  • Built in Motion Sensor and Gyroscope
  • Two screens, only the bottom is resistive touch technology
  • Top screen is wide screen, glasses free 3D display
  • Backwards compatible with DS games
  • Collect play coins while walking around with your 3DS during the day, then use them to unlock things in various games
  • Two outward facing cameras that allow you to take 3D pictures and record 3D videos
  • Music application
  • Download store called the Nintendo eShop -- download demos, videos, etc.
  • One, handheld specific friend code - Games do NOT have friend codes anymore
  • Online play for various games
  • Sleep mode functionality -- Handheld stays on at all times, but is suspended in 'sleep' when closed
  • StreetPass for downloading data for various games when you pass other people with a 3DS in sleep mode
  • SpotPass for downloading data from Nintendo and other developers when in sleep mode
  • preinstalled software includes AR Games and Face Raiders
  • Retractable stylus is included
  • Charged via an AC adapter
  • Box includes Nintendo 3DS system, 1 stylus, 2GB SD Card, charging cradle and 6 AR games cards

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the 3DS just another version of the DS?

No, the 3DS is a brand new platform. It is the successor of the Nintendo DS -- It has it's own games.

Can I use the same charger as my Nintendo DS Lite?

No, the charging port is different. Only the DSi, DSi XL and 3DS share the same port.

Can I play Nintendo Gameboy Advance games on my 3DS?

No.

Can I play Nintendo DS games on my 3DS?

Yes.

Can I play 3DS games on my Nintendo DS Lite/DSi/DSi XL?

No.

Nintendo 3DS XL
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Features

  • Same features as the 3DS above
  • 90% larger screens than the original 3DS
  • Comes with a 4GB SD card as oppossed to 2GB like the original
  • 3.5-6.5 battery life for 3DS games [Org 3DS is 3-5], 6-10[Org 3DS is 5-8) for DS games

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the 3DS XL a brand new platform?

No, the 3DS XL is just a new 3DS that features larger screens.

Can I use the same charger as my Nintendo DS Lite?

No, the charging port is different. Only the DSi, DSi XL and 3DS share the same port.

Can I play Nintendo Gameboy Advance games on my 3DS XL?

No.

Can I play Nintendo DS games on my 3DS?

Yes.

Can I play 3DS games on my Nintendo DS Lite/DSi/DSi XL?

No.

Does the 3DS XL come with a charger?

In North America yes, in Japan and Europe it does NOT come with the AC Adapter.


Nintendo DS Lite

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Features

  • Two screen technology
  • Resistive touch screen (bottom)
  • Backwards compatible with GameBoy Advanced games
  • Multiplayer via Nintendo Wifi Connection
  • Does not feature 3D technology
  • Does not feature a SD Card slot
  • Does not have DSiShop store for downloadable games
  • Does not have a music and photo app
  • Box comes with a DS Lite, two stylus', AC Adapter charger
  • Currently retails for a low price, will be out of production soon

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I play Nintendo Gameboy Advance games on my DS Lite?

Yes.

Can I play 3DS games on my Nintendo DS Lite?

No.


Nintendo DSi

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DSi XL

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Features

  • Two screen technology
  • Resistive touch screen (bottom)
  • Two cameras, front and back
  • SD card slot
  • Multiplayer via Nintendo Wifi Connection
  • Features DSiShop for downloadable games
  • Camera app and music app are included
  • Both do not feature 3D technology
  • DSi box contents: Nintendo DSi, two stylus' AC adapter charger
  • DSi XL box contents: Nintendo DSi XL, one stylus, one pen stylus, AC adapter, 3 pre-installed games --Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express Math, Photo clock

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I play Nintendo Gameboy Advance games on my DSi or DSi XL?

No.

Can I play 3DS games on my Nintendo DSi or DSi XL?

No.

Are there any other major differences between the DSi and DSi XL?

No, the only big difference is the DSi XL has larger screens and comes with a stylus pen.


#2 Posted by Gamingclone (5224 posts) -

Very good, about time we get something like this. This way maybe people will be more aware of the differences between last gen's DS family and the current gen 3DS.

Also, you might want to add that the 3DS can take 3D photo's.

#3 Posted by mikeyMKII (754 posts) -

You should add the play coin mechanic, and how you can unlock things in different apps and games.

#4 Posted by ZIVX (2981 posts) -

very nice thread thanks :)

#5 Posted by JollyGreenOne (955 posts) -

Great thread, Haziq. It's informative, very clean and well organized. :D

I noticed one small error in the DS Lite section, in the first part of it's FAQ you mention 3DS instead of DS Lite.

I found a DS Lite image that also has a clean background:

I'd add "Two outward facing cameras that allow you to take 3D pictures and record 3D videos" to the 3DS' section.

And one question for you: Do you think I should change the "3DS Info Thread" title in any way? I wouldn't want to cause any confusion between the two threads, and I've been thinking about re-naming it for a while now, I just haven't decided on a new title yet.

#6 Posted by Haziqonfire (36344 posts) -
Hey all, thanks for the suggestions. Jolly, don't worry about it -- I edited this thread title a bit :).
#7 Posted by monson21502 (8071 posts) -

can you play angry birds on the 3ds?

i am gonna buy my son a 3ds for his birthday and he always bugs me to play it on my cell phone.

#8 Posted by Haziqonfire (36344 posts) -

can you play angry birds on the 3ds?

i am gonna buy my son a 3ds for his birthday and he always bugs me to play it on my cell phone.

monson21502

You can't ... yet.

Rovio has said that it will be coming to the 3DS, but it has yet to be released for the 3DS.

#9 Posted by monson21502 (8071 posts) -
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can you play angry birds on the 3ds?

i am gonna buy my son a 3ds for his birthday and he always bugs me to play it on my cell phone.

You can't ... yet.

Rovio has said that it will be coming to the 3DS, but it has yet to be released for the 3DS.

ok thanks for the update. his birthday aint till the end of march. i been thinking of buying it now to get the walmart free game and case bundle for 168. do u think i should wait for a better deal? or buy it now so it doesnt go out of stock?
#10 Posted by Haziqonfire (36344 posts) -

ok thanks for the update. his birthday aint till the end of march. i been thinking of buying it now to get the walmart free game and case bundle for 168. do u think i should wait for a better deal? or buy it now so it doesnt go out of stock?monson21502

That seems like a pretty good deal. It shouldn't sell out so I don't think you'd have to worry about it.

#11 Posted by monson21502 (8071 posts) -
ok, thanks for all your help.
#12 Posted by matt_409 (188 posts) -

How long can the ds and 3ds games hold their saves? I'm curious because all my gameboy games have stopped saving as well as some of my gameboy advance games. I love going back to see all my hard work in a game, and I don't want to lose it. Just wondering how long it'll last.

#13 Posted by SF_KiLLaMaN (6446 posts) -

How long can the ds and 3ds games hold their saves? I'm curious because all my gameboy games have stopped saving as well as some of my gameboy advance games. I love going back to see all my hard work in a game, and I don't want to lose it. Just wondering how long it'll last.

matt_409

lol. Nobody stores saves on a battery anymore. Your saves are safe as long as your 3DS is safe. The reason GBA games lose their saves is because they were stored on a battery inside the cartridge. When the battery ran out, your saves disappear and you cannot save until you replace the battery.

#14 Posted by matt_409 (188 posts) -

So pretty much it'll last forever? Or will it eventually disapear?

#15 Posted by Gamingclone (5224 posts) -

So pretty much it'll last forever? Or will it eventually disapear?

matt_409

I'd imagine it will last as long as say anything that you save on a USB flash drive or sd card. It should stay there unless it becomes corrupted.

#16 Posted by ShuichiChamp24 (5014 posts) -
Oh, by acquiring Mobiclip, do you think that the video's on the 3DS will be better or something?
#17 Posted by foxfacer2d2 (570 posts) -

the 3ds lacks one must important thing. alarm clock

#18 Posted by LJChronx (949 posts) -

the 3ds lacks one must important thing. alarm clock

foxfacer2d2

I agree. That and Html 5 and Flash support. I would also like to see the ability to use the stylus keyboard on swapnote to type in text messages instead of the sloppy writing I have.

#19 Posted by OllyDGaming (5 posts) -
you actually CAN play gameboy advanced games on the 3DS but only on the Virtual Console
#20 Posted by AnnaSweet9 (39 posts) -
Flash would be great for 3DS but I dont see it getting it anytime soon due to copyright issues. if you are looking for wifi battles or trades you can check xat.com/pokemon2wifi
#21 Posted by LastRambo341 (8767 posts) -
I have a question regarding memory transfer I have a 3DS and if I buy a new one, can I transfer everything from the old 3DS to the new one?
#22 Posted by Gamingclone (5224 posts) -

I have a question regarding memory transfer I have a 3DS and if I buy a new one, can I transfer everything from the old 3DS to the new one?LastRambo341

Yes I belive you can, via system transfer, I think you find that in system settings.

#23 Posted by Bruzer1 (22 posts) -
If you go to Nintendo's support page I think you can get the ifo there.
#24 Posted by aadamjohnsons (36 posts) -

These all are really useful and interesting tips about nintendo gaming console ant it will increase my knowledge in Nintendo console hardware. Thansk for shanirg it in this thread.

#25 Posted by seahorse123 (1228 posts) -
They are always coming up with new DS's I just can't wait for them I just can't
#26 Posted by GameboyTroy (2469 posts) -

Nintendo 3DS XL Impressions

What colors will it come in?

#27 Posted by Haziqonfire (36344 posts) -
I've updated the OP to take into account the new model.
#28 Posted by Platinumstorm (114 posts) -

Nintendo 3DS XL Impressions

What colors will it come in?

GameboyTroy

Two incredibly ugly colors in the U.S. Red and blue.

Japan gets this lovely white

#29 Posted by simomate (1859 posts) -
And Europe and Australia get this beautiful silver :D