The Nintendo 3DS is the latest handheld console from Nintendo. It was first announced on March 30, 2010 and unveiled on June 15, 2010 during the E3 2010 conference, and was released in Japan on February 26, 2011, in Europe on March 25, 2011, in North America on March 27, 2011, in Australia on March 31, 2011, in Latin America in July 2011, in South Korea on April 28, 2012, and in Traditional Chinese speaking countries on September 28, 2012. The Nintendo 3DS is priced at up to $249.99.

It is even more expensive than the Nintendo DS, and supports old Nintendo DS games along with 3DS-exclusive titles. And like the DSi, the 3DS also has regional lockout, but unlike all the previous consoles (and much like the Wii), it has a Virtual Console service for NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games, released on June 6, 2011. Nearly 69 million units sold worldwide as of September 30, 2017.

The Nintendo 3DS XL (Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan) was released on July 28, 2012. It is a larger model. An entry-level counterpart, the Nintendo 2DS, was released in October 2013 and lacked the unique 3D ability. Upgrades of the original 3DS models called the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL (New Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan) were released in October 2014. In June 2017, a larger version of the 2DS called the New Nintendo 2DS XL (New Nintendo 2DS LL in Japan).


Some notable Nintendo 3DS games include Super Mario 3D Land (2011), Mario Kart 7 (2011), New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012), Mario Party: Island Tour (2013/2014), Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015), and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (2016).


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