Fun totally included.

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!

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Create Mii characters of yourself, your family, and friends.

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.


Meet and play with Mii characters created by other gamers.

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!

Find out more about StreetPass Mii Plaza

HOME Menu Themes

Theme examples

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.

Find out more about Theme Shop

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Fast and easy shopping on your Nintendo 3DS system

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.

See new games and offers

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Earn points with My Nintendo

You can earn My Nintendo points on digital purchases, then redeem your points for fun rewards (like game discounts!).

Learn about My Nintendo

Earn points with My Nintendo
Game demos galore

Try before you buy! Enjoy demo versions of select games. Just download and play.

How to download demos

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Entertainment for everyone

Nintendo eShop also has apps to let you access Video-on-Demand services, so you can watch shows and videos on-the-go.

  • Netflix

    Netflix brings you thousands of movies and TV series, instantly streamed to your Nintendo 3DS system.*

    • Netflix streaming membership required.
Parental Controls
Set Parental Controls

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.

How do I shop on my Nintendo 3DS?

Connect to the eShop

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  • Connect to the Internet. Get step-by-step instructions here.
  • Tap the Nintendo eShop icon on the HOME menu.


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  • Browse featured games, sale titles, best sellers, free demos, and more. You may also search for specific titles.
  • Tap a title for more information, or to add it to your Wish List.

Purchase and download

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  • Select the "Tap here to purchase" button for the game you'd like to buy.
  • Add funds (if needed) with a Nintendo eShop Card or credit card.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to purchase and download. Once your download is complete, you can return to the Home menu to find your new game.
Nintendo eShop Cards: Gift-giving made easy

Be ready to buy immediately—or give the gift of fun—with a Nintendo eShop Card.

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Browse the Internet right on your system.

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.

Click here for Internet Browser specifications

Play right away with the built-in Face Raiders and AR Games.


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.

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.

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

ESRB Rating: Everyone with Mild Cartoon Violence

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Listen to music—or create your own.

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.

Find out what you play most with this handy tracker.

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.

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