Round-UP: All N3DS Software and Hardware Differences

Published on August 29th, 2014 by Eric Weichhart

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It’s time to reveal all the differences between the old and new Nintendo 3DS and XL systems:

HARDWARE DIFFERENCES:

  • Two more buttons: ZL and ZR triggers.
  • Extra analog stick, called C-Stick. It will work as a Circle Pro Pad on 3DS titles.
  • Faster download capabilities from eShop.
  • Faster CPU (no information about GPU or RAM yet)
  • Improved 3D effect using the console’s front camera and gyroscope.
  • NFC Reader and Writer, being fully compatible with Amiibo.
  • Slightly extended battery.
  • Changeable shell.
  • Micro-SD slot (up to 32gb) instead of SD Card.
  • Game Slot on front side.
  • Buttons colors based on SNES controller.
  • No Wi-Fi switch, it can be done from Home Menu.

SOFTWARE DIFFERENCES:

  • Fully compatibile with N3DS, 3DS, DSi and DS Games.
  • Internet Browser has HTML5 support, video playing, censor filter.
  • microSD management with a Wireless app.
  • 3DS software can be transferred to N3DS (no N3DS to 3DS support)
  • Enhanced Home Menu.

COMPARISON ON OTHER HARDWARE DIFFERENCES:

2DS:
Dimensions: 127 mm high x 144 mm wide
Closed: 20.3 mm thick
Screen Size: Upper: 3.52 inches – Lower: 3.02 inches
Battery: 3.5 to 5.5 hours (5 to 9 hours on DS mode)
Weight: 260 grams
Pencil Place: Right Side
SD Slot Place: Right Side
Power Button Place: On lower screen side.
NFC: With adapter
Sleep Function: With switch
Speaker: Mono
Price: $147

3DS:
Dimensions: 74 mm high x 134 mm wide
Closed: 21 mm thick
Screen Size: Upper: 3.52 inches – Lower: 3.02 inches
Battery: 3.5 to 5 hours (5 to 8 hours on DS mode)
Weight: 235 grams
Pencil Place: Up Side
SD Slot Place: Left Side
Power Button Place: On lower screen side.
NFC: With adapter
Sleep Function: Closing console
Speaker: Stereo
Price: $148

3DS XL:
Dimensions: 93 mm high x 156 mm wide
Closed: 22 mm thick
Screen Size: Upper: 4.88 inches – Lower: 4.18 inches
Battery: 3.5 to 5.5 hours (6 to 10 hours on DS mode)
Weight: 336 grams
Pencil Place: Right Side
SD Slot Place: Left Side
Power Button Place: On lower screen side.
NFC: With adapter
Sleep Function: Closing console
Speaker: Stereo
Price: $180

N3DS:
Dimensions: 80.6 mm high, 142 mm wide
Closed: 21.6 mm thick
Screen Size: 3.88 inches (Touchscreen: 3.33 inches)
Battery: 3.5 to 6 hours (6.5 to 10.5 hours on DS mode)
Weight: 253 grams
Pencil Place: Front
SD Slot Place: Front (Micro SD behind shell)
Power Button Place: Front
NFC: Yes
Sleep Function: Closing the console
Speaker: Stereo
Price: $154

N3DS XL:
Dimensions: 93.5 mm high, 160 mm wide
Closed: 21.5 mm thick
Screen Size: 4.88 inches (Touchscreen: 4.18 inches)
Battery: 3.5 to 7 hours (7 to 12 hours on DS mode)
Weight: 329 grams
Pencil Place: Front
SD Slot Place: Front – (Micro SD behind shell)
Power Button Place: Front
NFC: Yes
Sleep Function: Closing the console
Speaker: Stereo
Price: $180

About Eric Weichhart

Eric enjoys playing video games in his 3DS XL and Wii U. Platform, puzzles and RPG are his favorites. He doesn't care if a game is 1080p or 720p, it only needs to be fun.