Nintendo 3DS is a wonderful handheld gaming device. The best feature of this gaming console is that it allows you to experience 3D gaming. To enjoy 3D gaming, you do not require wearing 3D goggles. If you have played games on Nintendo DS Lite and other gaming devices like DSi and DS XL, you will simply enjoy playing games on 3DS. The design is same and even the dimensions are same like that of DSi. It measures 5.3 x 2.9 x 0.8 inches and weighs 235g. Even though it is a portable device, it is bulky.
Flip the Nintendo 3DS and you can see the gaming screen and controls. A new thing that you can see on the Nintendo 3DS that you won’t find on previous editions is the analog thumb slider which is also known as Circle Pad by Nintendo. The rubberized coating on it is smooth, and regardless of the size of your thumb, you will find it very easy to use. The D-pad is located below it. On the right side, you can find the A, B, X and Y buttons and other buttons like Start, Select and Home. The display screen measures 3 inches and has a display resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.
On the lid of the Nintendo 3DS, you can find the glass-free display screen that measures 3.5 inches. It comes with parallax-barrier 3D screen and has an impressive display resolution of 800 x 240 pixels. When you play 2D games, everything will appear crisp and clear. However, the viewing angles are not up to the mark. After 40 to 45 degrees, you will notice that there is a dip in contrast. However, we think it should not be a problem as you will be spending more time at the front to play games on it. For enjoyable gaming experience, you need to hold the device 12 inches away from your face. The display screen has got inbuilt lenses which divides one picture in two so that you can see 3D images. Hence, you need to hold the Nintendo 3Ds flat to your eyes.
Compared to the previous DS models, the 3DS delivers better sound output. The device comes with a 2GB card and you can add up to 8GB of microSD. The battery of the Nintendo 3DS manages to deliver over 3 hours of gaming with Wi-Fi kept on. Turning off the Wi-Fi will help you churn even more from the battery.