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Nintendo 3DS / DS / DSi Basics

Learn the differences between the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, and the basic functions of both. Read in-depth profiles for the available models of the Nintendo DS, and discover its compatibility with Nintendo's other handheld systems.

Does the Nintendo 3DS or 2DS Have a Built-In Alarm Clock?
Is alarm clock software come pre-installed on the Nintendo 3DS or 2DS?

Tips, Tricks, and Hints for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
A few hints to help you get through Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy.

Tips, Tricks, and Hints for Yoshi's New Island on the Nintendo 3DS
A few tips, hints, and suggestions for succeeding at Yoshi's New Island on the Nintendo 3DS.

How to Share Animal Crossing: New Leaf Pics on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Do you have an awesome Animal Crossing: New Leaf screenshot that you simply must share with the world? Here's how to do it.

How to Transfer Data Between SD Cards for the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL
Quick and easy instructions on how to transfer data between Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL SD cards.

Pokemon TV App Review
Curious about the Pokemon TV app for iOS and Android? Here's what you need to know.

What You Need to Know About the Pokemon PokeDex App for iOS
Everything you need to know about the Pokemon PokeDex iPhone/iPad app.

Is the Nintendo 3DS XL Region Locked or Region Free?

Tips, Tricks, and Hints for Bravely Default on the Nintendo 3DS
A few hints, tips, and suggestions for succeeding at Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS.

How to Link a Nintendo Network ID From the Wii U to the Nintendo 3DS
Here's how to link a Nintendo Network ID from your Wii U to your Nintendo 3DS.

Can I Access Nintendo's Miiverse Through a Web Browser or a Smartphone App?
Here's how to access Miiverse from outside a Wii U or a Nintendo 3DS.

How to Make a Nintendo Network ID
Step-by-step instructions on how to make a Nintendo Network ID on your Nintendo 3DS.

Can I Get More Than 10 StreetPasses At Once?
Is there a way to queue more than ten StreetPasses at one time?

Should You Buy the Nintendo 3DS or the Nintendo 2DS?
The Nintendo 2DS versus the Nintendo 3DS - which one should you buy? This guide will help you make an informed choice.

Can I buy 'Pokemon' for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android phones?
Can you buy 'Pokemon' games for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or any smartphone or tablet?

How to Set Up Wi-Fi on your Nintendo 3DS XL
Here's how to find a hot spot and set up Wi-Fi on your Nintendo 3DS XL.

Everything You Need to Know About The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Here's what you need to know about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, including how it differs from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Nintendo 2DS Review: Should You Buy It?
Is the Nintendo 2DS right for you? We break the system down point-by-point.

How Long Can You Play the Nintendo 2DS Before Its Battery Needs a Recharge?
How long can you play your Nintendo 2DS before it needs to be recharged?

Is the Nintendo 2DS backwards compatible with the Nintendo DS library?
Is the Nintendo 2DS able to play Nintendo DS games?

Is the Nintendo 2DS the same thing as the Nintendo 3DS?
Wait a second--is the Nintendo 2DS a whole new system, or just another type of 3DS?

What's the Nintendo 2DS cost?
Break open your piggy bank: Here's the Nintendo 2DS's asking price.

What Comes Inside the Nintendo 2DS Box?
Thinking of picking up a Nintendo 2DS? Here's what you can expect to find inside the box.

How Do I Reset My Nintendo 3DS Personal Identification Number (PIN)?
Instructions on how to recover or reset your personal identification number (PIN) for the Nintendo 3DS's Parental Control settings.

Nintendo 2DS FAQ - Everything You Need to Know
Frequently asked questions about the Nintendo 2DS. What is it? How does it differ from the Nintendo 3DS? How is it the same? Find out.

How to Erase Games and Apps From Your Nintendo 3DS
Need to free up some room on your 3DS SD card? Here's how to delete application and game data.

How to Make Lots of Bells in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
It takes a lot of cash to fund the public works projects in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Here are some tips to help you earn lots of bells.

How to Add a Friend Code on Your Nintendo 3DS
Learn how to register a Friend Code on your Nintendo 3DS.

Tips For a Good Start in Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS
New to Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Here's a list of great tips that will help you get settled in.

Can the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL Play Game Boy Advance titles?
Can the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS Xl play Game Boy Advance titles?

Are the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL Backwards Compatible with the DS?
Can you play Nintendo DS games on the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL?

How Long Does the Nintendo 3DS XL Battery Last Before it Needs a Recharge?
How long can the Nintendo 3DS XL battery keep going before it needs to be recharged?

Does the Nintendo 3DS XL Come with an AC Adapter?
Does the Nintendo 3DS XL come packed with an AC adapter? That depends on where you live.

Does the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL Come Packed With a Game?
Does the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL come packed with a game? Well, yes and no.

How to Update Nintendo 3DS eShop Software
Learn how to apply patches and updates to the games you buy on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

What's the Difference Between "Download Now" and "Download Later?"
What's the difference between downloading a Nintendo 3DS eShop game "Now" or "Later?"

How to Redeem a Game Download Code on the Nintendo 3DS eShop
Were you given a free download code for a game on the Nintendo 3DS eShop? Here's what you need to do with it.

How to Make a Wish List on the Nintendo 3DS eShop
Learn how to make a game Wish List on the eShop.

How to Get More StreetPasses on Your Nintendo 3DS
Here's how to get the most out of your Nintendo 3DS's StreetPass feature.

Nintendo DS Price Comparison
A side-by-side comparison of the prices for the different iterations of the Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo 3DS.

What Colors Does the Nintendo 3DS Come In?
A complete list of the Nintendo 3DS colors available around the world.

Special Edition Nintendo 3DS Systems
A large number of Special Edition Nintendo 3DS systems are up for grabs--if you have the time and money to hunt them down. Take a look and round out your collection!

How to Deal with Motion Sickness and Simulator Sickness Caused by Video Games
Do you find yourself afflicted with nausea and headaches whenever you try to play video games, especially 3D video games? You may be a sufferer of video game-induced motion sickness, but cheer up--there are ways to deal with it.

Can the Nintendo 3DS Play Movies and TV Shows?
Can the Nintendo 3DS play movies?

How to Download Nintendo 3DS Game Demos
Learn how to download Nintendo 3DS game demos from the eShop.

What You Need to Know About SwapNote for the Nintendo 3DS
Everything you need to know about SwapNote, the Nintendo 3DS's messaging application.

5 Reasons Why the Nintendo 3DS is Not a Flop or a Failure
The Nintendo 3DS got off to a slow start, but it's far from being doomed. Here are five reasons why.

The Difference Between SpotPass and StreetPass
An explanation of the difference between the Nintendo 3DS's SpotPass and StreetPass features.

What Does the Nintendo DSi Transfer Tool Do?
What's the purpose of the Nintendo DSi Transfer Tool?

How to Download Games From the Nintendo DSi Shop
Learn how to access and download games from the Nintendo DSi Shop.

How Long Does the Nintendo 3DS Battery Last?
How long can the Nintendo 3DS battery keep going before it needs to be recharged?

Should You Buy the Nintendo 3DS or the Nintendo DSi?
Choices, choices--should you buy the Nintendo DSi or the Nintendo 3DS? This comparison of both systems' features will help you decide.

Can You Play With the Nintendo 3DS While the Battery Charges?
Can you play with your Nintendo 3DS even while the battery recharges?

What You Should Know About the Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro/Slider Pad
Everything you need to know about the Nintendo 3DS's Circle Pad Pro add-on accessory.

How to Set Up Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls
A step-by-step guide on setting up Parental Controls on your Nintendo 3DS.

How to Turn Off Parental Controls On Your Nintendo 3DS
Learn how to turn off Parental Controls on the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls Breakdown
A breakdown of the restrictions you can apply through the Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls menu.

How to Delete a Friend Code from your Nintendo 3DS
Learn how to delete a Friend Code from your Nintendo 3DS's Friend List.

The Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program: What You Need to Know
Everything you need to know about the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program.

How to Transfer Data From Your Nintendo DSi to Your Nintendo 3DS
A step-by-step guide on how to transfer your DSiWare, photos, and sound recordings from your Nintendo DSi to your Nintendo 3DS.

How to Buy and Download Games on the Nintendo 3DS eShop
Learn how to buy and download digitally distributed games (including retro games) on the Nintendo 3DS's eShop.

Is the Wii U a Portable Game System Like the Nitnendo 3DS and Nintendo DS?
Nintendo's Wii U sure looks like a portable game system, but is it actually in the same family as the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS?

How to Do a System Update on Your Nintendo 3DS
Once in a while, you'll be asked to perform a system update for your Nintendo 3DS. Here's how you can do it.

Is the Nintendo 3DS Just Another Version of the Nintendo DS?
Is the Nintendo 3DS just another upgrade of the original Nintendo DS?

How Does the Nintendo 3DS Project 3D Images?
How does the Nintendo 3DS project 3D images without the need for the user to wear glasses or headgear?

How to Disable 3D Images on the Nintendo 3DS
Instructions on how to disable 3D imagery on the Nintendo 3DS through the Parental Controls menu.

Can the Nintendo 3DS Play Nintendo DS Games?
Can you play Nintendo DS games on the Nintendo 3DS? How do you boot Nintendo DS games at their normal resolution?

How To Play MP3 and AAC Files On Your Nintendo 3DS
Learn how to use your Nintendo 3DS as an MP3 player

How to Set Up Wi-Fi on the Nintendo 3DS
Learn how to set up a Wi-Fi Connection for your Nintendo 3DS.

Should You Buy the Nintendo 3DS?
Should you buy the Nintendo 3DS? Read our full review of the system.

What Comes In the Nintendo 3DS Box?
When you pick up your Nintendo 3DS at the store, what comes home with you? Here's a list.

How Much Does the Nintendo 3DS Cost?
The big question: How much does the Nintendo 3DS cost?

How To Buy Nintendo Points for the Nintendo DSi with a Nintendo Points Card
Learn how to buy and redeem Nintendo Points for the Nintendo DSi using a pre-purchased Nintendo Points Card.

How To Buy Nintendo Points for the Nintendo DSi with a Credit Card
Learn how to buy and redeem Nintendo Points for the Nintendo DSi using a credit card.

Will there be a Nintendo 3DS Lite?
Will the Nintendo 3DS have a "Lite" version?

Pre-Installed Software on the Nintendo 3DS
A listing and explanation of the software that comes pre-loaded with the Nintendo 3DS.

Is the Nintendo 3DS Region Free?
Is the Nintendo 3DS region free, or is it region locked?

Can The Nintendo 3DS Harm My Child's Eyesight?
Can the 3D images projected by the Nintendo 3DS harm a child's eyesight, or cause eyestrain?

How to Buy a Nintendo DS Game as a Gift
A Nintendo DS game makes a great gift, but how do you know the game you're buying is the right one for your recipient?

Choosing a Nintendo DS: Which DS Should You Get?
Somewhere out there, there's a Nintendo DS that's just right for you. This guide breaks down each iteration of the Nintendo DS based on the hardware features gamers generally look for.

Should You Buy the Nintendo DSi XL?
How does the Nintendo DSi XL compare to other members of the Nintendo DS family? Is it worth the asking price?

What is the Nintendo DS?
Likely you're here because you just need to know--what is the Nintendo DS, anyway? Here's a detailed profile that gives you all the specifics about the first iteration of the Nintendo DS.

What is the Nintendo DS Lite?
How does the Nintendo DS Lite differ from the original style Nintendo DS? Here's a detailed profile that gives you all the specifics about the second iteration of the Nintendo DS.

What is the Nintendo DSi?
Here's what you need to know about the Nintendo DSi, and how it's different from the original style Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite.

What is the Nintendo DSi XL?
The Nintendo DSi XL has large screens, but what else is different? Here's everything you need to know about the fourth iteration of the Nintendo DS.

Everything You Need to Know About the Nintendo 3DS
Here's a quick overview of the Nintendo 3DS and its capabilities.

Nintendo 3DS Specs
What sets the Nintendo 3DS apart from the Nintendo DS Lite and the Nintendo DSi? Here's a breakdown of the available numbers and features, accompanied by explanations that are easy to understand.

Game & Watch: The Precursor to the Nintendo DS
Read about the Game & Watch library, a series of handheld games developed by Gunpei Yokoi that helped shape the history of the Nintendo DS and portable games in general.

A Guide to Understanding the ESRB's Game Ratings
Every DS game is branded with a letter label in the lower left corner. These are ESRB content ratings, which are to video games what MPAA letter ratings are to movies. This guide to ESRB ratings thoroughly outlines what each letter means, and explains the kinds of content parents should be wary of.

5 Reasons to Buy a Nintendo DS Lite (Not a PSP or iPhone/iPod Touch)
It's a showdown! The Nintendo DS, PSP, and iPhone/iPod Touch are all great handhelds, but here are five good reasons why the Nintendo DS is your best choice.

Setting Up Wi-Fi on DSi
If setting up Wi-Fi on your Nintendo DSi has you a bit intimidated, this step-by-step guide will help you out.

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