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Handheld Gaming in the Third Dimension: 3DS Consoles

 For a feature-rich gaming experience your gamer can take with them on the go, consider the Nintendo 3DS. This handheld gaming system allows users to play popular titles that include Mario Kart 7, Zelda, and Pokemon, as well as send instant messages and stream on services like Netflix. It gives them console controller ease of use with the multifunctional power of a smartphone, all in a package that fits in their stocking.

What Different Nintendo 3DS Consoles Are There?

The 3DS is a handheld gaming and entertainment system from Nintendo. It plays video game cartridges as well as supporting digital titles from the Nintendo eShop. Many 3DS games aren’t just Nintendo exclusives but also exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS family. That family includes the following:

  • Nintendo 3DS
  • New Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo 3DS XL
  • New Nintendo 3DS XL
  • Nintendo 2DS
  • New Nintendo 2DS XL

What Do the New and XL Designations Mean?

Nintendo uses New to indicate a mid-life refresh of a particular console. These refreshes can include aesthetic, functional, and performance changes. The XL designation indicates a larger version, which may not accommodate pockets, but provides more screen real estate. The New Nintendo 3DS XL, for instance, has a 4.88-inch upper screen and a 4.18-inch lower screen while the New Nintendo 3DS features a 3.88-inch upper screen and a 3.33-inch lower screen. A larger screen means graphics in greater definition, whether they're beating their favorite game or watching a holiday special.

What Modifications Does the Device Require?

Regarding visual modifications, glasses are unnecessary. The Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL handhelds employ a parallax barrier that serves the purpose special glasses normally would. That means that you can play stereoscopic 3D games and videos without glasses. You can also choose to play in 2D mode for a traditional view by simply disabling the parallax barrier.

Is the Nintendo 3DS Backward Compatible?

Yes. In fact, all versions of the Nintendo 3DS XL, 3DS, and 2DS are backward compatible with Nintendo DS games. All Nintendo 3DS systems support Virtual Console as well. Virtual Console lets you download and enjoy select Nintendo titles made for the NES, Super NES, and Game Boy Advance.

How Are 3DS Systems Charged?

Nintendo provides a charger in the box for most of the 3DS systems. If you need an AC adapter, you can purchase a unit. To charge your Nintendo system:

  • Attach the micro-USB end of the adapter into the micro-USB port of the 3DS.
  • Insert the electrical end into an available wall outlet, ensuring that all prongs are completely fitted into the outlet so that plastic touches plastic.
  • Ensure that the status light has turned orange to indicate proper charging.
  • Wait for a solid green light, which indicates that charging is complete.

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