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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5218 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. Reviews about the reliability and price are generally positive. The size and design also get good views. Many are negative 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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (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 really like the usability and portability. The design and price are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the size.

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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)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Raymond Wong (ubergizmo.com)

Nintendo 3DS Review

 

Nintendo 3DS Review - This in-depth review of the Nintendo 3DS covers its design, select games and the effects of stereo 3D on games and the user experience.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Mat Smith (engadget.com)

Nintendo 3DS review (2014): a good reason to give 3D another shot

 

Nintendo's original 3D handheld launched in 2011 and three years is a seriously long time in tech -- especially for Nintendo. Fortunately, it's been a hi

3D screen works better, is more enjoyable to use ; Secondary analog pad offers richer control options ; Upgraded processor does everything faster

Some games work differently on the last-gen 3DSes ; Customizable plates only offered on the smaller New 3DS ; Buying games and apps is still a chore

Both of the new 3DSes bring enough improvements to warrant an upgrade from the original system. Nintendo has finally managed to make the 3D effect work comfortably, and hardware looks more refined on both models. If you already own a 3DS, an upgrade in...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Jeff Bakalar (cnet.com)

Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro review

 

The introduction of the circle pad on the Nintendo 3DS was a welcome addition to the portable platform, but of course it left many wondering, "Why not a right pad as well?"

The Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro 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...

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: Sam Byford (theverge.com)

Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro review

 

After a shaky start, Nintendo is doing all it can to turn its 3DS into a success. The Kyoto-based company has reduced the price of the system and improved the software lineup, but you'd think that...

Comfortable in the hand ; Reasonably priced ; Good compatibility with Monster Hunter

Incredibly bulky ; Lack of software support ; Doesn't add much functionality yet

The Circle Pad Pro works well enough, but it needs more games to work with

Dec, 2011

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Nintendo 3DS

 

A time-tested game system design coupled with innovative, convincing 3D technology, makes the Nintendo 3DS a force to be reckoned with. It's not only the most advanced Nintendo DS yet, but a solid first in a new generation of handheld game systems.

3D works surprisingly well. Bright, beautiful screen. Analog thumb pad is comfortable. Compatible with DS game titles.

3D can be hit or miss; requires watching the screen at just the right angle. Mediocre battery life.

Like the Nintendo Wii ($249.99, 3 stars), the 3DS lets your create your own virtual avatars or "Miis". This time, instead of manually creating Miis, you have the option of automating the process with the Mii-Maker app. After you set basic settings like...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Nintendo 3DS Review

 

Nintendo has a reputation for kooky, eccentric products, and on that front the 3DS is no different. Upgrading the now-familiar clamshell console with a glasses-free 3D display, it promises a new breed of games, impromptu social gaming with StreetPass,...

There’s no denying that the Nintendo 3DS offers a significant step up in features compared to its predecessors. The 3D flits between being a gimmick and adding a true extra layer of depth to the gaming experience, and while it’s not appealing to...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Kohler (wired.com)

Review: Nintendo 3DS

 

The user experience is polished in a variety of ways, and its forward-thinking 3-D tech really does make gaming better.

3-D visuals are true game-changer. Variety of fun, preloaded apps. Lots of reasons to carry it around in sleep mode

Camera images are low-quality. Chews through battery in the blink of an eye. Games start at

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Nintendo 3DS review

 

See that greenish blue thing up there? That might look like this greenish blue thing over here that we reviewed a few weeks back, but actually they're not th...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Nintendo 3DS review (Japanese)

 

It's been almost a year since Nintendo revealed the 3DS to the world, trotted it out at E3, held proudly by a flotilla of genetically-cloned and identically-...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Fwiffo (game-over.com)

Metroid Fusion

 

Metroid has always struck me as a platform gaming franchise. So when most of last year's accolades went to one of the few shining stars on the GameCube, I was surprised to find out it was a first-person shooter. But it's understandable. These days,...

Ultimately, it's that type of attention to design, detail and execution that makes Metroid Fusion such a fun title. Even when I became completely lost, I could always bring up the map, revisit the checkpoints to refresh my memory of the mission details...

Apr, 2014

Product Specifications

Design

Analog thumbsticks: Yes
Built-in touchpad:No / Yes
Charging indicator: Yes
Color 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
Shoulder buttons: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display:LCD / LED
Display Diagonal:3.33 / 3.5 / 3.53 / 3.88 / 4.88
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:320 x 240 / 800 x 240
Second display:Y
Second display diagonal:3 / 3.02 / 3.33 / 3.88 / 4.18
Second display resolution:320 x 240 / 800 x 240
Second LCD screen: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Resistive
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Resistive

Energy Management

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

Features

Certification:ESRB
Developer:Alpha Dream / ArtePiazza / SQUARE ENIX / Artepiazza/Square Enix / Arzest / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Inc. / Capcom / 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 / 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 / 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 / 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 / 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
Languages supported:DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA / ENG / French / German
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. / Capcom / 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 / 06/06/2014 / 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 / 29.04.2016 / 6/06/2014 / Mar 20, 2015 / September 26, 2014
Release date (DD/MM/YYYY):01/07/2016 / 02/05/2014 / 02/09/2016 / 02/10/2011 / 03.02.2017 / 03.11.2017 / 03/02/2017 / 03/11/2017 / 06.06.2014 / 06.11.2015 / 06/06/2014 / 06/10/2017 / 06/11/2015 / 08/04/2016 / 08/12/2016 / 09.06.2013 / 10.06.2016 / 10.09.2015 / 10/02/2012 / 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 / 19/03/2013 / 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 / 20/11/2015 / 21/08/2015 / 22.09.2017 / 22/09/2017 / 23.06.2017 / 23.11.2016 / 23/06/2017 / 23/10/2013 / 23/11/2016 / 24/11/2017 / 25.11.2016 / 25/09/2015 / 26/02/2016 / 26/04/2013 / 26/09/2014 / 27.03.2015 / 27.09.2016 / 27/03/2011 / 27/03/2015 / 27/09/2013 / 27/09/2016 / 28.11.2014 / 28/02/2017 / 28/06/2017 / 28/07/2017 / 29.04.2016 / 29.09.2017 / 29/01/2016 / 29/05/2015 / 29/09/2017 / 3.11.2017 / 30.09.2016 / 30/09/2016
Split screen:N
Theme:Kirby / Monster Hunter / Pokemon / Sonic / 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):Y
Built-in speakers: 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 bundled:No / Yes
AC adapter included:N / Y
Cables included:AC
Games included:1 / Animal Crossing / New Style Boutique 2 / Super Mario 3D / Super Mario 3D Land
Manual: Yes
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:ARM11
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):10.5 / 5 / 6 / 8
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:3.5

Storage

Built-in memory capacity:1 / 2
Built-In Optical Drive:N
Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / SD / SD, SDHC
Included memory card size:2 / 4

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.799 / 0.827 / 0.85 / 0.866 / 2.87 / 2.91
Height:0.787 / 0.799 / 0.827 / 0.866 / 2.9 / 2.91 / 3.17 / 3.66
Weight:11.9 / 7.97 / 7.99 / 8 / 8.29 / 8.92
Width:5.28 / 5.31 / 5.59 / 6.14