Everything You Need To Know About The 3DS

Everything You Need To Know About The 3DS

Everything you need to know about the Nintendo 3DS

The 3DS is about to hit retail, so we thought it would be a good idea to gather up all the information you need to know into one location - so we did and it's right here.

If you're looking for information about something that's not covered here, just ask and we'll find out for you - we have a 3DS already and if we can't find out by looking at it, we'll get you the information some other way.

We've split it out into four main sections, each of which has it's own page:

1. The Basics
A high-level overview of what's going on here and why you should care

2. The Console
What you need to know about the device itself

3. The Games
There are 15 titles available at launch, we detail them all

4. The Prices
We've got all the details on the best deals nationwide

We've tried to include as much information as possible, however as the big day approaches it's quite likely stores will compete with each other to offer the best possible prices or bundles. If you're aware of anything, send us a tip so we can update this article and ensure that NZGamer.com readers continue to get the most accurate information available!

The Basics

So what's this all about, then? The Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo's fourth generation handheld game system, is releasing in New Zealand on March the 31st. In addition to having the requisite improvements to design, controls, graphics, and other upgrades, the 3DS brings something brand new to gaming consoles: 3D (actual "float in space" / "it looks like I can touch it!" 3D) without the need for any kind of special glasses.

There's more than just the clever tech of the screen that's worthy of your attention, too, with a bunch of built-in software for you to play with (detailed on The Games page) right out of the box. You can also use it to take (and display) 3D photos, and (eventually), play 3D movies.

There's (obviously, perhaps) also a lot of games coming out - 15, in fact, on the launch day alone with more to come in the weeks that follow. We've got a full breakdown on each and every one of them over on The Games page.

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Comments Comments (11)

 
ChatterboxZombie
Posted by ChatterboxZombie
On Wednesday 30 Mar 2011 5:33 PM
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I don't know what to think of the 3DS.
Personally I don't give a sh*t about 3D, I dont find it interesting and I doubt I'd use it much. Same goes for all the multi media stuff. I have a camera, I have a phone, I don't need my games system to do all that for me.

What I am interested in is some new controls, and some new games. Whats more SSF4, its not on PC, I bloody wanna play it, and the fact that you could play it anywhere on a 3Ds is pretty cool. If i found 500 bucks I would shamefully throw it at nintendo no doubts.

But I have my theories. I don't know how the system will work out, and there isn't such a great line up of launch titles.

Best of wishes to those who buy it at launch, I hope it ends up as good as people have hoped.
 
 
 
Posted by Wozza
On Wednesday 30 Mar 2011 5:37 PM
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Has there been a console that launched without a Ridge Racer game?
 
 
 
Posted by Syn-Ryn
On Wednesday 30 Mar 2011 9:28 PM
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30 March 2011, 05:37 PM Reply to Wozza
Has there been a console that launched without a Ridge Racer game?
It's not a console launch without one!
 
 
 
Tekkennut
Posted by Tekkennut
On Thursday 31 Mar 2011 10:05 AM
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This has been a very informative review Alan.

very good for the curious to serious buyers out there like myself.

Great Stuff.
 
 
 
grieving
Posted by grieving
On Thursday 31 Mar 2011 1:54 PM
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Bit of a rip off, especially when the game prices are almost the same as console prices. Will be waiting for the NGP.
 
 
 
Sidhe_Usab
Posted by Sidhe_Usab
On Thursday 31 Mar 2011 6:43 PM
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Hey Alan, other than having to import games - are there any downsides to importing an NTSC 3DS? I.e. - online connectivity or local multiplayer over diff regions?
Can the unit be charged over USB? If not, does it support all power voltages?
 
 
 
Soyerz
Posted by Soyerz
On Thursday 31 Mar 2011 7:30 PM
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31 March 2011, 06:43 PM Reply to Sidhe_Usab
Hey Alan, other than having to import games - are there any downsides to importing an NTSC 3DS? I.e. - online connectivity or local multiplayer over diff regions?
Can the unit be charged over USB? If not, does it support all power voltages?
The 3DS is region locked. That means you will not be able to play New Zealand (PAL) 3DS software.
 
 
 
danterevan
Posted by danterevan
On Thursday 31 Mar 2011 9:07 PM
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eb is also giving $10 offthe game and a free poster to anyone that preorders zelda for 3ds which is the game beveryone wants also win win for all:)
 
 
 
ChatterboxZombie
Posted by ChatterboxZombie
On Thursday 31 Mar 2011 9:42 PM
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31 March 2011, 09:07 PM Reply to danterevan
eb is also giving $10 offthe game and a free poster to anyone that preorders zelda for 3ds which is the game beveryone wants also win win for all:)
Never trust EB with preorder/special content bonuses.
They almost never follow through, I don't know how many times I've bought a game from them expecting to receive some promotional item only to find out that they dont/never had any in stock.

"Oh but we have to advertise it coz the company said so"
Then where my poster, bish.
 
 
 
phantom
Posted by phantom
On Thursday 31 Mar 2011 10:23 PM
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31 March 2011, 06:43 PM Reply to Sidhe_Usab
Hey Alan, other than having to import games - are there any downsides to importing an NTSC 3DS? I.e. - online connectivity or local multiplayer over diff regions?
Can the unit be charged over USB? If not, does it support all power voltages?
I can't speak for all titles but when I play Street Fighter online, I play people from all over the world - including Japan. So I doubt you'll end up being locked by the version of software you play, however publishers could potentially lock it out for certain titles.

The charger is the same as the one used for the DSi / DSi XL, for which there are many little adaptors (including USB) available after market. The charger that came with my AUS / NZ 3DS requires 240v, which means it's not an option for when traveling to the US. When I do that, however, i'll simply take or get a charger that will work there.

Hope that helps!
 
 
 
RealmEnder
Posted by RealmEnder
On Friday 1 Apr 2011 12:54 PM
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Had some fun with my DS Lite over the years but I'm not going to upgrade to the 3DS. I'm overlooking it in favour of the iPad 2.