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Nintendo 3DS vs Nintendo DS

5.3 in
2.9 in
Nintendo 3DS Portable Game Console
Nintendo 3DS
5.85 in
3.33 in
Nintendo DS Portable Game Console
Nintendo DS
Available colors
Editiorial reviews
47
3.8 out of 5
11 user ratings
5 stars
9 %
4 stars
81 %
3 stars
0 %
2 stars
9 %
1 stars
0 %
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25
3.9 out of 5
11 user ratings
5 stars
9 %
4 stars
81 %
3 stars
9 %
2 stars
0 %
1 stars
0 %
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User rating
34
4.2 out of 5
34 user ratings
5 stars
44 %
4 stars
35 %
3 stars
17 %
2 stars
2 %
1 stars
0 %
41
4.2 out of 5
41 user ratings
5 stars
48 %
4 stars
26 %
3 stars
24 %
2 stars
0 %
1 stars
0 %

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Technical details

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
CPU cores21
CPU clock speed266.0 MHz67.0 MHz
CPU typeARM11ARM
GPU typeDigital Media Professionals PICA200
N/A
GPU clock speed400.0 MHz
N/A
Ram memory256MB4MB

Display

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Display typeLED
N/A
Screen size3.52 in3.0 in
Aspect ratio16:10
N/A
Screen resolution800 x 240 px256 x 192 px
Number of colours16.78 million colours262144 colours
Touch displayyesyes
Touchscreen typeResistive
N/A
Second displayyesyes
Second screen size3.02 in3.0 in
Second display resolution320 x 240 px256 x 192 px

Camera

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Built-in camerayesyes
Main camera resolution0.3 Mpx
N/A
Second camerayes
N/A
Second camera resolution0.3 Mpx
N/A

Dimensions

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Height2.9 in3.33 in
Width5.3 in5.85 in
Depth0.8 in1.14 in
Weight8.0 oz9.7 oz

Design

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Colour of product
  • Black
  • Black,Purple
  • Blue
  • Grey
  • Pink
  • Red
  • White
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Silver
Built-in touchpadyesno
Gaming control technologyAnalogue / DigitalAnalogue / Digital
Gaming control function keys
  • D-pad
  • Home
  • Power
  • Select
  • Start
  • D-pad
  • Home
  • Power
  • Select
  • Start
Analog thumbsticksyes
N/A
Shoulder buttonsyesyes
LED indicatorsYY

Storage

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Internal storage1 GB4 MB
Memory card readeryesyes
Type of mediaMemory cardMemory card
Compatible memory cards
Secure Digital
  • Secure Digital
  • Secure Digital HC
Included memory card size2.0 GB
N/A
Built-in hard drivenono
Built-in optical drivenono

Audio properties

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Supported audio files
  • AAC
  • MP3
MP3
Built-in speakersyesyes
Number of built-in speakers22

Features

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Accessories includedGame
N/A
3D supportyes
N/A
Motion sensoryes
N/A
Gyroscopeyes
N/A
Accelerometeryes
N/A
Multiplayer supportyesyes
Backward compatibilityyesyes
Built-in microphoneyes
N/A
Video game includednoyes
Games includedNintendogs & Cats Golden Retriever1
Stylus penyesyes

Connectivity

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
WiFiyesyes
Wireless networking standard
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
USBnoyes
GPRSnono
Bluetoothnono
DC-in jackyesyes
Headphone connectivity3.5 mm3.5 mm
Headphone output11
3G (UMTS)nono
Built-in navigation systemnono
Number of USB Inputs
N/A
0
USB version
N/A
2.0
Microphone in
N/A
yes

Power

Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Battery life (running)5.0 h10.0 h
Battery life (max)8.0 h10.0 h
Battery type
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
Number of batteries required11
Charging time3.5 h
N/A
Battery capacity
N/A
850.0 mAh

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