New Nintendo 3DS

New Nintendo 3DS
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The New Nintendo 3DS
Release dates
Japan: October 11, 2014
North America: September 25, 2015
Europe: February 13, 2015
Australia: November 21, 2014
South Korea: September 10, 2015[1]
China: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Technical specs


Related information
Console generation: Eighth generation
Pokémon generations: I*, II*, III*, IV*, V*, VI, VII
Console type: Handheld
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The New Nintendo 3DS (Japanese: Newニンテンドー3DS New Nintendo 3DS) is a handheld system created by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on October 11, 2014, Australia on November 21, 2014, Europe on February 13, 2015, South Korea on September 10, 2015, and North America on September 25, 2015. It is an enhanced version of the Nintendo 3DS, which includes a higher processing power than its predecessor, in addition to new features such as face-tracking 3D, a C-Stick, ZR and ZL buttons, and a built-in NFC reader/writer. It is available in two sizes the standard and the XL.

Technical specifications

  • Size: 5.6 inches wide, 3.2 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
  • Weight: 8.9 ounces
  • Top screen: 3.88-inch widescreen LCD, super-stable 3D capability, 800×240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing)
  • Bottom screen: 3.33-inch LCD, touch screen, 320×240 pixel resolution
  • Cameras: One inner camera, two outer cameras, both at 640×480 pixel resolution (0.3 MP)
  • Wireless communication: Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Supports IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
  • Game controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, Start and Select buttons, "Circle Pad" and "C Stick" that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor, and a built in NFC reader/writer which can be used for reading and writing data to various amiibo products.
  • Other input controls: 3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), volume slider to change and mute the volume, Home button to call system function, Power button. The stylus is approximately 3 inches.
  • Input/Output: A port that accepts Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo DS game cards, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal, and a stereo headphone output jack.
  • Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
  • Battery: Lithium ion battery.
  • Parental controls: Included.
  • Other: Two "Cover Plates" that can be removed and replaced with other ones that have designs on them (sold separately). One goes on the top of the system and can be removed using only the stylus. The other one goes on the bottom of the system and can only be removed using both a screwdriver and the stylus, acting as the battery compartment cover.

Comparison to the original Nintendo 3DS

  • The New Nintendo 3DS (5.6 inches wide, 3.2 inches long, 0.8 inches tall) is larger than the original Nintendo 3DS (5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall).
  • The New Nintendo 3DS uses face tracking to make 3D consistent even when it is tilted.
  • The New Nintendo 3DS loads certain games and downloads software faster than the original 3DS.
  • The New Nintendo 3DS has a built-in second Circle Pad (C-Stick). The original Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL require the Circle Pad Pro and Circle Pad Pro XL, respectively, to achieve the same functionality; these peripherals require their own batteries and occupy the Nintendo 3DS system's infrared port.
  • The battery of the New Nintendo 3DS lasts longer than the battery of the original Nintendo 3DS.
  • The New Nintendo 3DS has a built in NFC reader/writer while the original 3DS requires an external NFC reader/writer in order to communicate with NFC devices.
  • Processor’s clock speed increased from 268 MHz to 804 MHz.
  • VRAM increased from 6MB to 10MB.
  • RAM increased from 128MB to 256MB.

Pokémon games

Main article: Nintendo 3DS → Pokémon games

The New Nintendo 3DS is compatible with the same games as the original Nintendo 3DS. There are some games that the original 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS cannot play, but none of these are Pokémon games.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Sun and Moon (and its demo), and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon use more memory than normal 3DS games and disable some of the HOME Menu's functionality on older 3DS family systems, but not on the "New" models due to their increased RAM.


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Game systems with Pokémon games
Nintendo handheld consoles
GB (Pocket · GBL · SGB · SGB2) • GBCminiGBA (SP · GBm · GBP)
DS (Lite · DSi · DSi XL) • 3DS (XL · 2DS · New 3DS · New 3DS XL · New 2DS XL)
Switch (Lite · OLED)
Nintendo home consoles
SNES (BS-X · SGB · NP · SGB2) • N64 (DD) • GCN (GBP)
Wii (Family Edition · mini) • Wii U
Switch (OLED)
Sega consoles