Nintendo 3DS – Everything You Need To Know

Q: What is the Nintendo 3DS?

A:The Nintendo 3DS is the successor to the popular Nintendo DS system. Nintendo announced it to have a special* 3D screen, so that the viewer can see a 3D image without the need of 3D glasses.

Q: What are it’s features?

A: Size (when closed):Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.

Weight: Approximately 8 ounces.

Look: Final design is TBA.

Top Screen: 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800×240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).

Touch Screen: 3.02-inch LCD with 320×240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.

Cameras: One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640×480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution. Along wit the ability to take 3D pictures.

Pre-Installed Software: TBA

Nintendo 3DS Game Card: 2 GB Max. at launch.

Wireless Communication: Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.

Game Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.

Other Input Controls: 3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.

Input/Output: A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.

Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.

Battery: Lithium ion battery details TBA.

Languages: TBA

Parental Controls: Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.

Q: Wait….What? A 3D image without, 3D glasses?

A: There have been speculation on how the screen works, and the most agreed type of 3D imagery screen is a new “Sharp” brand screen. Said to be about 30 cm apart, and 12.7 cm diagonal, and used in Gaming Handhelds, Smartphones, and GPS devices.

Q: Why Nintendo? I just bought tons of DS games.

A: The Nintendo 3DS has backwards compatibility with Nintendo DSI, and DS games.

Q: How much is it going to cost?

A: Possible. No set price has been set for the new upcoming Nintendo 3DS system. Most speculation, says the price will be between $190-$300.

Q: Will it be possible to turn the 3D effect on and off?

A: Yes, there is a switch, it’s a little slider on its side.

Q: Alright. How big is the screen size?

A: The top screen is a 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, it is 3D. The lower touch screen is 3.02-inches

Q: Does it have the NVIDIA chipset in it?

A: It is unknown. Most speculation leads to the answer “Perhaps”. The NVIDIA chip, would increase the value of the Nintendo 3DS, but who knows?

Q: When is the Nintendo 3DS going to be released

A: Japan: By March 2011, USA: TBA, Europe: TBA

Q: Will it have the same processing power as the Nintendo Gamecube?

A: Several developers that have experienced the 3DS in its current form, and have reported, off the record, that it has processing capabilities that far exceed the Nintendo Wii and bring the device with abilities that are close to HD consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Q: Does the DS in 3DS stand for Dual Screen?

A: Most likely but it doesn’t have to be 2 separate. 3DS can also stand for 3 Dimensional System or 3D SuperHand Held. The term DS stands for 2 things, Dual-Screen, and for Dev’s it’s Developers System.

Q: How do you know about the Nintendo 3DS?

A: Nintendo announced it at E3 on 6/15/10.

Q: Is this 3DS thing the DS2 we’ve been speculating?

A: Yes, it’s the latest successor, to the Nintendo DS, or The DS2

Q: Will My DS/DS Lite/DSi be able to play 3DS games?

A: Most Likely Not.

3DS on the E3 Show Floor

Future 3DS Games:

DJ Hero 3D

Cubic Ninja

Etrian Odyssey
Shin Megami Tensei
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor

SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D Edition (name not final)

Electronic Arts
FIFA Soccer
Madden NFL
The SimsTM 3

Asphalt GT

Music game

Bomberman franchise
DECA SPORTS franchise
KORORINPA franchise

Baseball franchise
Contra franchise
Frogger franchise

Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final)

Majesco Entertainment
BloodRayne: The Shroud
A Boy and His Blob
Face Racers: Photo Finish
Lion’s Pride: Adventures on the Serengeti
Martha Stewart
WonderWorld Amusement Park

Marvelous Entertainment
BOKUJYOUMONOGATARI 3D (name not final)

Dragon Ball® franchise (name not final)
Gundam® franchise (name not final)
PAC-MANTM & GALAGATM (name not final)
RIDGE RACER® (name not final)
Super Robot franchise (name not final)

Animal CrossingTM
Kid IcarusTM: Uprising
Mario KartTM
nintendogsTM + cats
Paper MarioTM
PilotWings ResortTM
Star Fox 64TM 3D
Steel Diver
Legend Of Zelda

Crash-City GP VS-robo

Sonic (name not final)
Super Monkey Ball (name not final)

CODENAME: Chocobo Racing® 3D
DRAGON QUEST® franchise
FINAL FANTASY® franchise

Take-Two Interactive
Carnival Games® franchise

DEAD OR ALIVE® 3D (name not final)
DYNASTY WARRIORS® (name not final)
NINJA GAIDEN® (name not final)
SAMURAI WARRIORS® 3D (name not final)


de Blob 2
Kung Fu Panda Kaboom of Doom
Marvel Super Hero Squad Infinity Gauntlet
The Penguins of Madagascar
Puss N Boots
Saints Row: Drive-By

Assassin’s CreedTM Lost Legacy
Battle of GiantsTM: Dinosaur Strike
Driver® Renegade
Hollywood 61 (name not final)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost ReconTM
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos TheoryT

Warner Bros
Batman franchise
LEGO franchise

FAQ compiled by various forum members from'

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  • Yousuke Fullbuster Uzumaki

    Well the bottom screen is smaller than the DS-Lite Screen?

    • hattrick

      Yes. The bottom screen is a 3.1 inch screen about the same size as the current DS/DSi. The top screen is a 3.5 inch wide-screen.

  • Zainab korah

    I think this sucks, I only got my dsi like last christmas and it is sooo outdated!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hatena97

      Dude… ik how u feel… Thank goodness 4 grandmas XD

    • Hatena97

      Dude… ik how u feel… Thank goodness 4 grandmas XD

      • Mimikorah

        what’s an XD?

  • Roxasissora

    Sigh. Why don’t people ask before copying, and pasting the FAQ? Even so, I updated it a little so if this site it active, you might wanna update yours as well.