Thursday, September 30, 2010

An In-Depth Look at the 3DS

With all the hype surrounding the Q1 2011 release of Nintendo's new 3D handheld, the 3DS, I thought I'd take a quick look and compare its specs to the various current-gen DS models.

3DSDSi XLDSiDS LiteDS "Phat"
Weight8.1 oz11.1 oz7.5 oz7.7 oz11 oz
Dimensions5.3×2.9×0.83 in6.3×3.60×0.83 in5.4×2.95×0.74 in5.2×2.91×0.861 in5.85×3.33×1.14 in
Screen Size3.53 in top, 3.02 in bottom4.2 in3.3 in3.1 in3.0 in
Screen Resolution800x240 top, 320×240 bottom256×192256×192256×192256×192
Battery LifeTBA13 to 17 hours 9 to 14 hours15 to 19 hours10 to 14 hours
RAM64 MB16 MB16 MB4 MB4 MB
CPUTBA133 MHz ARM9 and 33 MHz ARM7133 MHz ARM9 and 33 MHz ARM767 MHz ARM and 33 MHz ARM767 MHz ARM9 and 33 MHz ARM7
Camera640x480 resolution640x480 resolution640×480 resolutionN/AN/A

In weight and dimensions, it is most similar to the DS Lite. However, the top screen is much bigger, and both screens have improved resolutions. The 800x240 top screen might seem a little bit crazy, but it is effectively 400x240 for each eye. Not too sure about how that works technically, but at any rate, it looks like a marginal improvement over its predecessors.

4x as much RAM as the DSi/DSi XL and 16x as much as the original DS Phat and DS Lite. Battery life is unknown, but said to be similar to the DSi. CPU model and speed is currently unknown. No backwards compatibility to anything older than the DS, sadly. Certain DSiWare can be transferred to the 3DS, which has 2GB of data storage. It now has WPA/WPA2 security support, in addition to WEP.

They threw in an analog stick, and the 3DS still supports touchscreen with a stylus. The new stylus folds in like a telescope. 

While the 3D feature and the specs are nice, I'm more excited about the games. Tons of big name titles from both Nintendo and third parties, but you have to wonder how many of them are going to be simple ports and remakes. Can't wait to see what Megaman Legends 3 looks like, Sony's response, and what the opening retail price will be.


  1. I just can't wait for 3DS... getting it as soon as possible! Though the analog stick was a big surprise for me :D

  2. I'm getting this for MML3 alone.

    What I'm hyped for is the fact that it has WPA2 support. Now I can wi-fi without my faggot neighbors cracking my WEP in minutes and leeching my internet.

  3. I still can't help but think that 3D is nothing more than a gimmick.

    I think I'll stick with my DS Lite unless I see some dramatic innovations in the 3DS.

  4. i can't wait to "do a barrel roll" when this comes out! starfox 64 is going to be remade for it!!!

    i own the original :D

  5. something tells me the battery life on the 3DS is gonna sux0rz
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  7. Can't wait until Ocarina of Time 3ds! Should be interesting.

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