Nintendo 3DS vs Nintendo DS

5.3 in
2.9 in
Nintendo 3DS portable game console
vs
5.85 in
3.33 in
Nintendo DS portable game console

Full Comparison

General

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DSNintendo DSNintendo DS
CPU Clock Speed
266 MHz
67 MHz
Screen size
3.53 in
3.00 in
Second screen size
3.02 in
3.00 in
Screen resolution
800, 240
256, 192
Built-in camera
yesYes
yesYes
Backward compatibility
yesYes
yesYes
Multiplayer support
yesYes
yesYes

Technical

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DSNintendo DSNintendo DS
Processor cores
2
1
Processor type
2 Core 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM11 MPCore
1 Core One ARM9 and one ARM7
Ram memory
256MB
4MB
Touch display
yesYes
yesYes

Dimensions

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DSNintendo DSNintendo DS
Width
5.30 in
5.85 in
Depth
0.80 in
1.14 in
Height
2.90 in
3.33 in
Weight
0.50 lb
0.61 lb
Colour of product
Black, Black,Purple, Black,Red, Black,White, Blue, Pink, Red, White
Pink, Silver

Storage

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DSNintendo DSNintendo DS
Internal storage
2GB
Less than 1GB
Memory card reader
yesYes
yesYes
Type of media
Memory card
Memory card
Compatible memory cards
Secure Digital (SD)
Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital HC (SDHC)
Built-in hard drive
noNo
noNo

Audio

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DSNintendo DSNintendo DS
Supported audio files
AAC, MP3
MP3
Built-in speakers
yesYes
yesYes

Connectivity

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DSNintendo DSNintendo DS
WiFi
yesYes
yesYes
USB
noNo
yesYes
GPRS
noNo
noNo
Wireless networking standard
802.11b, 802.11g
802.11b, 802.11g
Bluetooth
noNo
noNo
Headphone output
1
1
3G (UMTS)
noNo
noNo
Built-in navigation system
noNo
noNo

Power

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DSNintendo DSNintendo DS
Battery life (running)
5 h
10 h
Battery type
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of batteries required
1
1

Often compared to 3DS

Often compared to DS