Endless fun.
Right out of the box.

The Nintendo 3DS family of systems offer a wide range of built-in features and applications, so you can start having fun right away.

Watch streaming videos, download new games, take on friends with wireless play, and much more. Once you pick up a Nintendo 3DS, you won’t want to put it down!

Built-In Software


This popular feature from the Wii™ console is available on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems with some exciting new touches.

It's easy to create a Mii™ character from scratch, choosing each facial feature to represent yourself, a friend, or some fanciful character. The real fun happens when you create a Mii from a photo. After choosing just a few basic settings, take a photo of yourself or a friend with the built-in camera, and let the Mii Maker™ application automatically generate your Mii character. Then make any final adjustments, and voilá! Your Mii is ready.

Miiverse is an online community available directly from your Nintendo 3DS system. It lets you chat with other fans about your favorite games, share your accomplishments, or give tips to other players. You can post typed messages, screenshots from compatible games, or even your own drawings. Access Miiverse at any time from the Home menu on your Nintendo 3DS and see what's new!

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A system update may be required for some features. To learn how to perform a system update, CLICK HERE >

StreetPass™ Mii Plaza™ lets you meet and play with Mii™ characters created by other gamers. Simply carry your system with you in Sleep Mode, and it’ll collect Mii information (and send yours) when you pass other players. When you visit your StreetPass Mii Plaza, you'll see the new Mii characters you've collected. You never know who you might meet!

You can then use your new Mii friends in fun games, including:
  • Find Mii – Recruit a Mii army to defeat monsters, save your own Mii, and earn stylish hats for him or her to wear.
  • Puzzle Swap – Trade puzzle pieces with others via StreetPass to complete 3D scenes of Nintendo favorites.

StreetPass Mii Plaza also includes access to four individually-priced StreetPass games which let you earn tickets you can exchange for new hats and costumes for your Mii:

  • Mii Force – Blast your way through enemies in this scrolling space shooter. You’ll use StreetPass Mii characters for special power-ups so you can defeat your enemies—and save the galaxy.
  • Flower Town – Grow and maintain your own flowers and cross-pollinate with flowers from other StreetPass Mii characters to form new breeds and expand your gorgeous garden.
  • Warrior’s Way – Collect troops over StreetPass and fight with—or against—other warlords to conquer new countries. Battles take “rock, paper, scissors” to a whole new level.
  • Monster Manor – Battle ghosts and find stairways to escape the mansion.

Find out more about StreetPass Mii Plaza >

To get the most out of StreetPass Mii Plaza, simply ensure your Nintendo 3DS system has been updated to the latest version, then follow the prompts shown when you open StreetPass Mii Plaza to ensure it’s been updated as well. Once your update is complete, you’ll be able to purchase any of the StreetPass games by selecting “Games” in the Mii Plaza. Select the bunny character next to the game title you’re interested in to learn more or purchase the game (or all four).

Please note, the process for performing the update and the content available varies by country. For more information, please visit support.nintendo.com/3ds/streetpassmiiplaza)


Bring any system in the Nintendo 3DS family to any of over 29,000 locations to receive an automatic and free connection to Wi-Fi. Once connected, discover Nintendo Zone: watch 3D videos, full length animations and sports highlights, play demos and trivia challenges, find retailer promotions and coupons—and much more. To get started, tap the blinking Nintendo Zone icon on the HOME Menu of your system.


Access even more amazing content while in range of a wireless Nintendo Zone location:

  • Discover hundreds of new and classic games from the Nintendo eShop
  • Receive surprise game content, 3D videos and more via the SpotPass™ feature*
  • Watch one-of-a-kind short 3D videos, automatically delivered by the Nintendo Video™ service
  • Play select Nintendo 3DS games online with or against others

*3D viewing is not available on Nintendo 2DS.


A system update may be required for some features. To learn how to perform a system update, CLICK HERE >

The Nintendo eShop is the digital store for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It’s a one-stop shop for a range of amazing content—downloadable right to your system. Discover great software such as original 3D games, all-time classic titles re-mastered in 3D, legendary portable "virtual console" games, and more than 350 Nintendo DSiWare™ games. You can also view video game trailers, screenshots, and info for downloadable and retail games.

Learn more about the Nintendo eShop here.

*3D viewing is not available on Nintendo 2DS.

All systems in the Nintendo 3DS family include a Nintendo 3DS Internet Browser. With it, you can browse right from your system—anywhere there is wireless Internet access. You can pause your game at any point to search a website for game hints or catch up with email or news. On the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, you can use the browser to view or upload 3D images on sites specifically designed to show 3D images. You can also upload and see game screenshots and info in full 3D by visiting special versions of these game websites right from your Nintendo 3DS Internet Browser.

Learn more by visiting the Nintendo 3DS Photo Showcase.

See information about open source software used in the Internet Browser for Nintendo 3DS here.

Click here for Internet Browser specifications >

Imagine seeing a video game unfold in the real world...right on your kitchen table, or the floor of your living room! AR Games uses the outer cameras and AR Cards included with all systems in the Nintendo 3DS family to present an amazing augmented-reality gaming experience.
Watch a sample video >

Just place one of the AR Cards on a table or floor, and the camera will read the card and initiate game stages or characters right before your eyes. AR Games features different modes, from a wild shooting gallery to an interactive photo shoot with your Mii™ characters—plus more.

Learn more about AR Cards >


Face Raiders combines 3D gameplay with the gyro sensor feature for some fast-paced fun. Using the camera, you can take a photo of yourself, a friend or family member, which is then placed onto a range of shooting targets. To play, you'll need to move with your system, physically leaning and turning to search all around and aim high and low, taking out your targets.
Watch a sample video >

ESRB Rating: Everyone with Mild Cartoon Violence

*3D Viewing is not available on Nintendo 2DS systems.

The Nintendo 3DS Sound application lets you listen to your favorite music saved on an SD Card in MP3 or AAC format. You can even record and play with sounds via your system’s microphone with a variety of fun filters.


The Activity Log tracks both your game play activity, noting which games you've played and how long you've played them, as well as your physical activity, counting every step you take while carrying your system. Track your data by day, week, month, or year—and walk more every day to earn Play Coins, which can be used with compatible games and applications to acquire special content and a variety of other benefits.