Start playing right away with built-in features and applications. 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!
This popular feature from the Wii™ and Wii U™ consoles 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.
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!
Brighten up your Nintendo 3DS system with a colorful variety of custom themes for your HOME Menu.
Choose from dozens of options to change your system’s background, icons, folders, and sounds. Simply tap the HOME Menu Settings icon in the upper left corner to change your theme.
There are five basic themes available for free, or you can purchase premium themes from the Theme Shop featuring fan favorites like Mario™, Link™ and Pokémon™, priced from $.99-$1.99.
A system update may be required for some features. To learn how to perform a system update, click here.
Save yourself a trip to the store! You can buy and download tons of games directly from the Nintendo eShop. You'll find both new and classic titles, plus indie games, downloadable content, and more.
Nintendo eShop also has apps to let you access Video-on-Demand services, so you can watch shows and videos on-the-go.
Use the Parental Control setting to limit access to games based on their ESRB rating for specific users on your Nintendo 3DS, or to restrict Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services. For more info, visit our support page.
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.
See information about open source software used in the Internet Browser for Nintendo 3DS here.
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.
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.
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.
ESRB Rating: Everyone with Mild Cartoon Violence
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.