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An Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS
Developer(s) Nintendo
Console Type Handheld
February 26, 2011
Discontinued September 16, 2020
Autostereoscopic screen, gyro control
Backward Compatibility Nintendo DS

The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld game console developed by Nintendo, released on February 26, 2011 in Japan, and March 2011 in other regions. It is the successor to the Nintendo DS line of handhelds, and is backward-compatible with Nintendo DS Game Cards. The system was discontinued on September 16, 2020.


The Nintendo 3DS's main feature is autostereoscopic 3D: a slider adjusts a parallax barrier in front of the screen, which allows a different image to be shown to each of the player's eyes without the need for special glasses or other accessories. The new Nintendo 3DS model also includes face-tracking technology to improve this autostereoscopy. The Nintendo 2DS line removed this feature, and several later games in the Nintendo 3DS's lifespan failed to support it.

The Nintendo 3DS also introduced AR Cards, which are used as position trackers in augmented reality settings. They are mainly used in the preinstalled minigame collection AR Games, with support in a limited number of other titles for the console.


The 90% larger 3DS XL was released in Summer 2012 after being revealed on a Nintendo Direct broadcast on June 21, 2012.

Fanon content

  • 3DS Achievement System - An add-on that allows the player to gain achievements.
  • Nintendo DS - The predecessor to the Nintendo 3DS.
  • Nintendo 3DSi and Nintendo 3DS Advanced - Two successors that have been fanon-made.
  • New Nintendo 2DS - The unofficial successor to the 2DS.
  • Super Nintendo 3DS - A revision of the 3DS that has 2 analogue sticks and better graphics.


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