3D Screen

3D Screen

The Nintendo 3DS XL system features a stereoscopic 3D display on the upper screen to give objects within the game world a feeling of space and depth. It becomes easier to see the position of characters and obstacles, making many game experiences even more intuitive for all types of players.

3D Depth Slider

3D Depth Slider

A built-in 3D Depth Slider allows you to adjust the intensity of the 3D settings on the Nintendo 3DS XL system to your liking. The 3D effect can also be turned down completely—all Nintendo 3DS games and applications can be played in 2D.

3D Camera

3D Camera

The Nintendo 3DS XL system can take photos in 3D, thanks to the two outward-facing lenses. Capture eye-popping images of your friends and family, have fun with filters like the Merge lens, or even use the system's AR technology and included AR Cards to make Mii™ characters and Nintendo heroes appear in the real world with you.

Learn about AR Cards

Sample Video

You can share your 3D photos with others by submitting them to the Nintendo 3DS Photo Showcase. Browse featured galleries or submit your own masterpiece to the Showcase here.

In a creative mood? You can record your own 3D videos, or 3D stop-motion animation using the built-in 3D camera.

  • 3D viewing and depth slider not available on Nintendo 2DS
Motion Sensor & Gyro Sensor

Motion Sensor & Gyro Sensor

Portable play control reaches a new level with these amazing features, allowing for 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.

Analog Control

Analog Control

With the Circle Pad, located above the + Control Pad, systems in the Nintendo 3DS family offer full analog control. Combined with the touch screen, traditional buttons, camera and microphone input, and advanced motion control of the Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor, the potential is extraordinary.

Stylus

Stylus

All systems in the Nintendo 3DS family come with a Stylus to allow for precise touch controls on the bottom screen.

Two Screens

Two Screens

Games look better than ever on the two screens of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

On the Nintendo 3DS XL, a widescreen display on the top screen shows 800x240 pixel resolution, allocating 400 pixels for each eye to create the 3D effect.

The bottom LCD touch screen operates at a resolution of 320x240—with both screens capable of displaying a brilliant 16.77 million colors.

The Nintendo 2DS offers a widescreen display on the top screen, showing 400x240 resolution, while the bottom touch screen operates at a resolution of 320x240.

Memory Card

SD Memory Card Included

All systems in the Nintendo 3DS family come packed with an SD Memory Card*. You can use this SD Memory Card to store your 3D photos, sound recordings created on the system, and music** from your PC. You can also use it to store games downloaded from the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature SDHC card compatibility to increase your storage space even further.

  • Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS systems come with a 4GB SD Memory Card.
  • Nintendo 3DS is compatible with MP3 and AAC file formats.
Backwards Compatibility Backwards Compatibility

Backwards Compatibility

Almost all existing Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games can be played on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2D. With backwards compatibility, your existing portable games look and play just as well*.

If you've downloaded Nintendo DSiWare games and applications on your Nintendo DSi system, you can easily transfer most of those games to any system in the Nintendo 3DS family. You can also transfer downloaded software, sounds, and images between systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. Some games cannot be transferred. See the full list, and to learn how to perform system transfers here.

  • Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games will be displayed in 2D graphics. Select Nintendo DS games that use accessories in the Game Boy™ Advance slot of the Nintendo DS system are not compatible with the Nintendo 3DS system.
  • Flipnote Studio cannot be transferred to the Nintendo 3DS system. Nintendo will be developing a similar application for the Nintendo 3DS.
  • A system update may be required for some features. To learn how to perform a system update, click here.
StreetPass™

StreetPass™

The Nintendo 3DS family of systems brings players together in exciting new ways with StreetPass communication. Set your system 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.

Find out more about StreetPass and how to interact with other Nintendo 3DS owners

SpotPass icon Nintendo Zone icon

SpotPass™

The Nintendo 3DS family of systems 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.

Look for the blue LED light on the outside of your Nintendo 3DS system or a blue dot on your favorite HOME Menu icon to find out if you’ve received something.

Getting SpotPass on the go is easier than ever! Enjoy a free and automatic connection to Wi-Fi at over 29,000 Nintendo Zone locations across the U.S. and Canada.

Find a location near you and learn more about Nintendo Zone

Built-in Software

Built-in Software

Featuring enhanced graphics, a host of built-in software, and robust wireless connectivity, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems advances the realm of portable entertainment in a number of ways.

See the software

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