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Nintendo 3DS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4931 reviews of Nintendo 3DS. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and price. The size and design are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo 3DS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nintendo 3DS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Nintendo 3DS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and portability. The design and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the size.

price, design, portability, usability

size

98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo 3DS Console - Limited Edition Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Bundle (Nintendo 3DS)Nintendo 3DS Console - Limited Edition Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Bundle (Nintendo 3DS)

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Matthew Sainsbury (goodgearguide.com.au)

Nintendo 3DS

 

Nintendo 3DS review: Is the latest version of Nintendo's handheld games console worth buying?

Solid build, 3D effect is fun (if not revolutionary), some neat little incentives to take it out and about

Nintendo is still stuck in the '90s when it comes to online connectivity and socialising

Ultimately the quality of a console is the sum of its games. The Nintendo 3DS has all the potential in the world to do as well as the DS, but some irritating flaws have not been remedied.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Nintendo 3DS handheld games console (preview)

 

Nintendo's latest handheld will launch in Australia on March 31 for $350

We like the 3D slider, the 3D effect is fun and novel, it's a bit cheaper than we were expecting

The 3D effect isn't always great and only works when you're viewing the 3DS from the right angle

Nintendo's 3DS is a solid upgrade from the previous model, with more powerful processing and the intriguing novelty of glasses-free 3D gaming. Unless you're a portable gaming tragic we don't see a pressing reason to upgrade from your existing DS, but...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Nintendo 3DS handheld games console

 

When we got the chance to play around with the Nintendo 3DS at [[artnid:376017|its Australian launch]], we had mixed thoughts about its 3D capabilitie...

Solid build, 3D effect is fun (if not revolutionary), some neat little incentives to take it out and about

Nintendo is still stuck in the '90s when it comes to online connectivity and socialising

Nintendo's 3DS is a solid upgrade from the previous model, with more powerful processing and the intriguing novelty of glasses-free 3D gaming. Unless you're a portable gaming tragic we don't see a pressing reason to upgrade from your existing DS, but...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Jeff Bakalar (cnet.com.au)

Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro review: Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro

 

Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro

The ; adds a right circle pad and two extra trigger buttons to the 3DS. It's easy to use and simple to set up, and improves control options for compatible games, not to mention improving the 3DS' overall ergonomics. Priced at $20, it's an accessory...

The Circle Pad Pro feels so good that it makes us wonder why Nintendo didn't include one in the first place. It's bulky and makes the 3DS cumbersome to carry around, limiting its overall mobility. The attachment blocks a lot of connectivity ports and...

As ugly and cumbersome as it makes the 3DS, the Circle Pad Pro is actually a great-performing accessory that improves the control range of games that it's compatible with.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Stephen Fenech (techguide.com.au)

Review: Nintendo 3DS

 

Nintendo 3DS review

Mar, 2011

Consumer review (productreview.com.au)

Love this game!!

 

I bought this upgraded game console because i loved the DSLITE so much. I think the upgrades on this console are worth upgrading for and the 3d games add a new aspect in game playing. I like that it isnt stuck on 3d and you can change it back to give...

Nov, 2012

Consumer review (productreview.com.au)

Great technology.

 

Bought for my 6yr old son. He absolutely loves it! 3D gaming is amazing as is the 3D camera. Bought for $219 with 1 game. I think the image quality is better when you play 2D games on standard 2D Nintendo DS , but for extra fun, the 3D games are really...

3D without glasses!

Games expensive - but can find on special

Jun, 2012

Consumer review (productreview.com.au)

I Love It!

 

I bought an aqua one for my son for Christmas, and had so much fun with it, that I bought myself the Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Zelda one on Boxing Day! It is so much fun! It is really well made and has great built in functions such as Sound and...

Well made, good range of games and accessories, intuitive, suitable for all ages, choice of 3D or 2D operation.

3D gets tiring after a while and is not good for 2 people to view.

Jan, 2012

Consumer review (productreview.com.au)

More innovation from Nintendo!

 

The 3ds is a great handheld game console. The built in AR games are entertaining, and the excitement of receiving my first 'streetpass' was memorable. I am eagerly looking forward to more big name games like 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3d',...

3d graphics, great exclusive games, streetpass quest, virtual console games

battery life, slow to release the best games

Nov, 2011

Consumer review (productreview.com.au)

Must Have Entertainment

 

The newest DS console is amazing, eye-popping 3D graphics that jump out of the screen and make it feel like your in the game, The 3D option is just a slide of a button away and can be changed during the game to either 3D or normal 2D, its the perfect...

entertaining, innovative, fun

Nov, 2011
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Product Specifications

Design

Analog thumbsticks: Yes
Built-in touchpad:No / Yes
Charging indicator: Yes
Colour of product:Black / Black, Purple / Black, Red / Black, White / Blue / Multi / Pink / Red / White
Gaming control function keys:Back, D-pad, Home, Menu, Power, Select, Start / Back, Home, Select, Start / D-pad, Home, Power, Select, Start
Gaming control technology:Analogue / Digital / Digital
LED indicators: Yes
Product colour:White
Shoulder buttons: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display:LCD / LED
Display diagonal:12.4 / 8.46 / 8.89 / 8.97 / 9.86
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:320 x 240 / 800 x 240
Second display: Yes
Second display diagonal:10.6 / 7.62 / 7.67 / 8.46 / 9.86
Second display resolution:320 x 240 / 800 x 240
Touch screen type:Resistive
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Resistive

Features

Certification:ESRB
Developer:ArtePiazza / SQUARE ENIX / Artepiazza/Square Enix / Arzest / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Inc. / Bandai Namco Studios, Camelot Software Planning / Creatures Inc / Game Freak / GAME FREAK Inc. / Ganbarion / Good-Feel / Grezzo / GREZZO Co. Ltd / h.a.n.d., Bandai Namco Games / HAL Laboratory / HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Headstrong Games / HUDSON SOFT CO., LTD. / Image Epoch / Intelligent Systems / Koei Tecmo Games / Level-5 / Marvelous Inc. / MercurySteam Entertainment / Nintendo / Natsume / Next Level Games / Nintendo / Omega Force, Team Ninja / Omega Force, Team Ninja, Intelligent Systems / Other Ocean Interactive / Red Entertainment Corp. / Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. / Sanzaru Games / Sega / skip Ltd. / Spike Chunsoft / Spike Chunsoft / Red Entertainment Corporation / Square Enix / Square-Enix / syn Sophia / Team Ninja, Intelligent Systems, Omega Force / The Pokémon Company / Traveller's Tales / TT Fusion / TT Games
Distribution type:Download / Physical media
ESRB Rating:E (Everyone) / E10+ (Everyone 10+) / EC (Early Childhood) / RP (Rating Pending) / T (Teen)
Game edition:Basic / Deluxe / Gold / Limited / Silver / Special / Steelbook
Genre :Action / Action / Adventure / Action / Fighting / Action / RPG / Action / Strategy / Adventure / Adventure / RPG / Arcade / Educational / Fighting / FPS (First Person Shooter) / Kids / LifeStyle / Music / Platform / Puzzle / RPG (Role-Playing Game) / Simulation / Sports / Strategy / Strategy / RPG
Language version:CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN / CHI (SIMPL), German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN / DAN, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian / DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA / ENG / English / English, French / English, Italian / French / German / German, Dutch, English, EST, French, Italian / German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian / German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian / German, English / German, English, Spanish, French / German, English, Spanish, French, Italian / Italian / Multilingual
Maximum number of players:1 / 2 / 4 / 6
Multiplayer mode:N / No / Y / Yes
Multiplayer mode type:Offline / Offline, Online / Online
PEGI Rating:12 / 16 / 3 / 7
Platform:Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS New / Wii U
Publisher:ATLUS U.S.A., Inc. / Level-5 / Marvelous USA/XSEED Games / Mojang AB / Natsume / Nintendo / PublisherSEGA / Sega / The Pokémon Company / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Release Date:02/10/2011 / 03/02/2017 / 05/15/2015 / 05/29/2015 / 06.06.2014 / 06.15.2016 / 09.06.2013 / 09.16.2016 / 09.27.2016 / 10.06.2016 / 10.09.2015 / 10/02/2012 / 11.11.2014 / 11/11/2014 / 13/05/2016 / 13/06/2014 / 14.03.2014 / 16.11.2012 / 17.11.15 / 18/03/2016 / 19/02/2016 / 20.01.2017 / 20.05.2016 / 20/11/2015 / 21/08/2015 / 23.11.2016 / 26/04/2013 / 28.11.2014 / 6/06/2014 / Mar 20, 2015 / September 26, 2014
Release date (DD/MM/YYYY):01/07/2016 / 02/05/2014 / 02/05/2016 / 02/09/2016 / 02/10/2011 / 03.02.2017 / 03.11.2017 / 03/02/2017 / 03/11/2017 / 06.06.2014 / 06/06/2014 / 06/10/2017 / 06/11/2015 / 07.12.2018 / 08/03/2018 / 08/03/2019 / 08/04/2016 / 08/12/2016 / 09.06.2013 / 10.06.2016 / 10.09.2015 / 10/02/2012 / 10/06/2016 / 11.11.2014 / 12.09.2014 / 12/10/2013 / 13/05/2016 / 13/06/2014 / 13/10/2017 / 13/11/2011 / 14.03.2014 / 14.10.2016 / 14/03/2014 / 15/04/2016 / 15/05/2015 / 15/06/2016 / 15/07/2016 / 15/09/2017 / 16.05.2014 / 16.06.2017 / 16.09.2016 / 16.11.2012 / 16/09/2016 / 17.05.2013 / 17.11.2017 / 17/04/2014 / 17/05/2013 / 17/11/2015 / 17/11/2017 / 18/03/2016 / 19.05.2017 / 19/01/2018 / 19/02/2016 / 19/04/2017 / 19/05/2017 / 19/06/2015 / 19/08/2016 / 20.01.2017 / 20.05.2016 / 20.10.2017 / 20.11.2015 / 20/01/2017 / 20/03/2015 / 20/05/2016 / 20/10/2017 / 20/11/2015 / 21/08/2015 / 22.09.2017 / 22/09/2017 / 23.06.2017 / 23.11.2016 / 23/03/2018 / 23/06/2017 / 23/11/2016 / 24/03/2013 / 24/03/2017 / 24/11/2017 / 25.11.2016 / 25/05/2018 / 25/09/2015 / 26.01.2018 / 26/02/2016 / 26/04/2013 / 26/09/2014 / 27.03.2015 / 27.09.2016 / 27/03/2015 / 27/09/2013 / 27/09/2016 / 28.11.2014 / 28/02/2017 / 28/06/2017 / 28/07/2017 / 29/01/2016 / 29/05/2015 / 29/09/2017 / 3.11.2017 / 30/09/2016
Split screen:N / No
Theme:Kirby / Mario Sports Superstars / Pokèmon / Super Mario / Yoshi
USK rating:12 / 6

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Main camera resolution:640 x 480
Main camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Number of built-in speakers:2
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3

Networking

Bluetooth: No
Frequency band:2.4
Security algorithms:WEP, WPA2 / WPA, WPA2
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

Other features

AC (power) in: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:No / Yes
Cables included:AC
Games included:1 / Animal Crossing / New Style Boutique 2 / Super Mario 3D / Super Mario 3D Land
Manual: Yes
Quantity per pack:1
Stylus pen: Yes
Toy figure(s) included:Y
User guide: Yes
Video game included:No / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Gyroscope:No / Yes
Internal Memory:256
Motion sensor: Yes
Parental control: Yes
Platform:New Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS XL
Processor Cores:4
Processor frequency:268
Processor Model:ARM11
Video apps:Hulu+, NetFlix, YouTube

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
Battery life (max):10 / 10.5 / 5 / 6 / 8
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:3.5

Storage

Built-in memory capacity:1 / 2
Built-In Optical Drive: No
Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / SD / SD, SDHC
Included memory card size:2 / 4

System requirements

Virtual Reality (VR) headset required:N

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.03 / 2.1 / 2.16 / 2.2 / 21.6 / 7.3 / 7.4
Height :2 / 2.03 / 2.1 / 2.2 / 7.36 / 7.37 / 7.4 / 8.06 / 80.6 / 9.3
Weight:226 / 226.4 / 226.7 / 226.8 / 235 / 253 / 336
Width:13.4 / 13.5 / 14.2 / 142 / 15.6