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The Nintendo 3DS is the first portable game system that offers 3-D graphics without the need for glasses. The handheld console is the most recent in the DS line of devices. It can be used to play 3-D games, take 3-D pictures and video, and play music.

It also comes with Wi-Fi accessibility, which allows Internet browsing features. The DS line of Nintendo portable gaming devices are the best-selling portable gaming devices of all time and are competing with PS2 as the best-selling gaming device ever.

While the 3DS plays 3-D games, it is also backward compatible with all 2-D DS games. Nintendo's portable game consoles have several popular characters and game series exclusives including Super Mario and Legend of Zelda. While the Nintendo 3DS is aimed at younger gamers, there are several teen- and mature-rated games for adults. The 3DS is the first in the DS line to be able to stream movies, and it comes with Netflix pre-installed.

Prices For Nintendo 3DS (Console Only)

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
Nintendo 3DS Source
$170Best Buy
$170Game Stop
$170Toys 'R' Us

Prices For Nintendo 3DS Bundles

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
Super Mario Bundle Source
$170Game Stop

Additional Costs:

$20-$40Cartridge games
$2-$8Screen protector
$2-$8Screen protector
$10-$30Cover/carrying case
$5 Stylus


Media TypeDS games
Disk CapacityMemory card
Online ContentDSiWare
ColorsBlue, Black, Red, Purple, Pink
Other FeaturesWi-Fi access
Streaming movies: Netflix
Web browser
Augmented Reality enabled
Music and video player
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Nintendo.

Best-Selling Games

1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf$40
2. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon$39
3. Shin Megami Tensei 4$50
4. Pokémon Black Version 2$27
5. Mario Kart 7$30
(List as of 07/8/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Accessories

1. Skylanders Giants - Ninjini$15
2. Skylanders Giants - Thumpback$14
3. Skylanders Giants - Eye Brawl$15
4. AC Power Adapter$6
5. Skylanders Giants - Bouncer$15
(List as of 07/8/2013) Source: Amazon

What People Are Saying:

Reviewers have called the Nintendo 3DS the best portable game console on the market. With its mid-August price drop -- just five months after its debut -- it is one of the most affordable as well. With a 3-D screen, a touch-screen, dual cameras, pre-installed games, a motion sensor, a gyroscope and access to online content, reviewers call it a good deal. Critics still note a few drawbacks: The battery life is limited and significantly lower than other DS models and to work the 3-D, the system must be held at a precise angle. Also, when the system launched, some noted few titles in 3-D -- something Nintendo is working to remedy. Some reviewers note fewer mature titles are available on 3DS, with Nintendo targeting younger, less experienced audiences than Sony with the PlayStation portable devices.