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Differences between Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo New 3DS

Nintendo 3 DS and Nintendo New 3 DS are two portable game consoles developed and marketed by the Japanese multinational company, Nintendo. Both game consoles have as their main attraction the ability to display 3D graphics without the need for special glasses, thanks to auto-stereoscopic technology. Also, both consoles are compatible with the Nintendo DS and DSiWare software, being presented as successors to the portable Nintendo DS series. However, there are some differences between them which will be pointed out in this article.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3 DS is an eighth generation video game console developed by the Japanese company Nintendo, belonging to the Nintendo DS series of portable game consoles. It was officially presented in 2011, presenting the following characteristics:

266MHz ARM11 Dual-Core CPU, 133MHz DMP Pica200 GPU, 128MB RAM with a Fujitsu mB82M8080-07L chip, 4MB dedicated video memory (VRAM), 2GB SD card storage and up to 32GB SDHC cards . In addition, it has backwards compatibility with Nintendo DS/DSi and virtual console, Stereoscopic 3D System. Its approximate size is 74x134x21mm and approximate weight is 235g.

The Nintendo 3 DS system has a 3.53-inch widescreen top screen that allows viewing of 3D effects without the need for special glasses and has a resolution of 800 × 240 pixels (400 pixels are assigned to each eye to allow 3D effects). . The lower 7.6 cm LCD touch screen has a 320×240 pixel resolution with touch, resistive and non-multi-touch capabilities.

It has an internal camera and two external ones with 0.3 megapixels (640×480 pixels) of resolution that take pictures in three dimensions and save them in JPG format to be able to share them with other devices. In addition, with a software update, 3D videos can also be made. The Nintendo 3 DS has an SD card slot like in previous generations, only now it’s on the bottom left side (instead of the top right side as in previous generations).

Nintendo New 3DS

Nintendo New 3 DS is another eighth-generation video game console developed by the Nintendo company, belonging to the Nintendo DS series of portable game consoles. The console was released in Japan on October 11, 2014 and has the following features:

ARM11 Quad Core Intel Core 2 804MHz CPU, DMP Pica200 466MHz GPU, Support 512MB DS Card and 8GB 3DS Card, Storage 2GB SD Card and up to 128GB SDHC Card, Kingston 4GB DDR2-1000Mhz DDR2 SDRAM . It has backwards compatibility with Nintendo DS/DSi and virtual console, Stereoscopic 3D System, approximate size of 80.6x142x21.6 mm and approximate weight of 250g.

The Nintendo new 3 DS console has a 3.88-inch widescreen top screen that allows viewing of 3D effects without the need for special glasses, with a resolution of 800 × 240 pixels (400 pixels are assigned to each eye to allow 3D effects) , 3.33-inch LCD lower touch screen with 320×240 pixels resolution with touch capabilities, resistive and not multi-touch. In addition, it has a front and rear camera of 640 × 480 0.3 megapixels that take photos in three dimensions and save them in JPG format to be able to share them with other devices. Additionally, with a software update, 3D videos can also be made.

Nintendo New 3 Ds has Eye Tracking technology as an innovative feature, with it, the console follows the player’s eyes through the front camera without losing 3D at any time, relying on a small infrared LED for dark situations, by way of flash. In addition, it has a slightly more refined design than its predecessors, with colored buttons, simulating those of the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) controller that favor the aesthetics of the console.

According to the above, the main differences between Nintendo 3 DS and Nintendo New 3 DS are:

  • Nintendo New 3 DS has improved 3D compared to its predecessor, since it has more power in the processor.
  • Nintendo New 3 DS has better Wi-Fi reception, allowing faster download speeds.
  • Nintendo New 3 Ds has Eye Tracking technology, which allows the player’s facial movements to be followed so as not to lose the 3D effect at any time.

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