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Here's Everything You Need to Know About the...
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.
Register a Friend on Your Nintendo 3DS in 9...
Learn how to register a Friend Code on your Nintendo 3DS.
How to Reset The Parental Controls PIN on a...
Instructions on how to recover or reset your personal identification number (PIN) for the Nintendo 3DS's Parental Control settings.
What's Lavender Town Syndrome in Pokemon?
A definition of the term 'Lavender Town Syndrome'
What's the Difference Between Wii U and...
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?
Which should you buy: The Nintendo 3DS or the...
Choices, choices--should you buy the Nintendo DSi or the Nintendo 3DS? This comparison of both systems' features will help you decide.
Should You Buy the Nintendo DS Lite or the...
Are you undecided about whether you should purchase the Nintendo DSi or the older Nintendo DS Lite? This list outlines the key functions of both handheld systems, and will help you make up your mind.
Are Nintendo 3DS games playable on the Wii U?
Is it possible to play Nintendo 3DS games on the Wii U?
How to Buy and Download Games on the Nintendo...
Learn how to buy and download digitally distributed games (including retro games) on the Nintendo 3DS's eShop.
Can the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL Play Game Boy...
Can the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS Xl play Game Boy Advance titles?
6 Steps for Deleting Apps and Games on Your...
Need to free up some room on your 3DS SD card? Here's how to delete application and game data.
How to Play MP3 and AAC Files on Your Nintendo...
Learn how to use your Nintendo 3DS as an MP3 player
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.
Help! I Forgot My Nintendo Network ID / Password!
Got a short memory? Here's how to retrieve your Nintendo Network ID and / or password.
What's the Difference Between "Download Now"...
What's the difference between downloading a Nintendo 3DS eShop game
What you need to know about backwards...
Can you play Nintendo DS games on the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL?
How to Set Up Wi-Fi on the Nintendo 3DS
Learn how to set up a Wi-Fi Connection for your Nintendo 3DS.
My Nintendo 3DS System Update Failed and Now...
Did your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL system update fail to download? Are you locked out of the eShop as a result? Here's how to fix the problem.
Can You Play Nintendo DS Games on the 3DS?
Can you play Nintendo DS games on the Nintendo 3DS? How do you boot Nintendo DS games at their normal resolution?
How to Deal with Motion Sickness and Simulator...
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.
How Long Does the Nintendo 3DS XL Battery Last...
How long can the Nintendo 3DS XL battery keep going before it needs to be recharged?
How Long Does the Nintendo 3DS Battery Usually...
How long can the Nintendo 3DS battery keep going before it needs to be recharged?
How Much Does the Nintendo 3DS Cost?
Wondering if you can afford the Nintendo 3DS? Learn more about how much the 3DS cost including what games are preloaded.
Pokemon Company Celebrates 100 Million Pokemon...
The Pokemon Global Trade Station is nearing 100 million trades. The Pokemon Company promises to distribute a new Pokemon for the occasion.
Behold: The Game Boy Calculator
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How to Disable 3D Images on the Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo recommends that children 6 and under should play the 3DS with the 3D turned off. Here's how to disable the 3D through the Parental Controls menu.
Did Gary's Raticate Really Die in Pokemon Red...
Gary, the player's rival in Pokemon Red/Blue, has a Raticate on his team that disappears. What happened to it?
Nintendo Cuts Price on Five Nintendo 3DS Games
Nintendo puts five hit Nintendo 3DS on sale.
Blog Shutting Down. Long Live Blogs.
Hello About.com Nintendo 3DS readers, and thank you for being part of my audience! This is just a heads-up to let you know About.com is retiring the blog
How to Transfer Data Between SD Cards for the...
Quick and easy instructions on how to transfer data between Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL SD cards.
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?
Does the Nintendo 3DS or 2DS Have a Built-In...
Does the Nintendo 3DS or 2DS come with a built-in alarm clock?
Is the Nintendo 3DS Region Free or Region Locked?
Is the Nintendo 3DS region free, or is it region locked?
How to Turn Off Parental Controls On Your...
Learn how to turn off Parental Controls on the Nintendo 3DS.
How to Update Nintendo 3DS eShop Software
Learn how to apply patches and updates to the games you buy on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Everything You Need to Know About the Nintendo...
Here's a quick overview of the Nintendo 3DS and its capabilities.
How Long Can You Play the Nintendo 2DS Before...
How long can you play your Nintendo 2DS before it needs to be recharged?
Nintendo 2DS Review: Should You Buy It?
Is the Nintendo 2DS right for you? We break the system down point-by-point.
Read This Before Purchasing Any 'Pokemon' Apps...
Can you buy 'Pokemon' games for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or any smartphone or tablet?
Learn How the Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up Against...
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.
How to Get More StreetPasses on Your Nintendo 3DS
Here's how to get the most out of your Nintendo 3DS's StreetPass feature.
The Atari Landfill Lives!
An excavation team is currently digging up the landfill wherein Atari dumped its unsold 2600 merchandise.
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.
The 7 Best RPGs on the Nintendo DS
There are a lot of role-playing games (RPGs) available on the Nintendo DS. RPGs are fun, but they can be time consuming. You'll want to save your best efforts for the most fulfilling adventures. Use this handy list to help you identify the best RPGs on Nintendo's handheld system.
How to Download Games From the Nintendo DSi Shop
Learn how to access and download games from the Nintendo DSi Shop.
Is the Nintendo 3DS XL Region Locked or Region...
Is the Nintendo 3DS XL 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?
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.
Should You Buy the Nintendo 3DS?
Should you buy the Nintendo 3DS? Read our full review of the system.
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.
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.
Should You Buy the Nintendo 3DS or the Nintendo...
The Nintendo 2DS versus the Nintendo 3DS - which one should you buy? This guide will help you make an informed choice.
Pokemon Lost Silver
A definition of the term 'Pokemon Lost Silver'
How to Redeem a Download Code on the Nintendo...
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 Set Up Wi-Fi on Your Nintendo DSi
If setting up Wi-Fi on your Nintendo DSi has you a bit intimidated, this step-by-step guide will help you out.
How to Download Nintendo 3DS Game Demos
Learn how to download Nintendo 3DS game demos from the eShop.
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.
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...
Learn how to delete a Friend Code from your Nintendo 3DS's Friend List.
Is Earthbound/Mother Coming to the Nintendo 3DS?
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Does the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL Come Packed...
Does the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL come packed with a game? Well, yes and no.
10 Best Homebrew Games for the Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS experience goes beyond the store shelf. Learn about the ten best homebrew games for the 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.
Can You Play With the Nintendo 3DS While the...
Can you play with your Nintendo 3DS even while the battery recharges?
The 18 Absolute Best Special Edition Nintendo...
A list of the Special or Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL systems that you'll love to add to your collection -- if you can! Page 2.
How to Perform a Hard Reset On Your Nintendo 3DS
If your Nintendo 3DS has locked up, here's how to perform a hard reset.
How to deal with a scuffed-up Nintendo 3DS...
Has your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL suffered some screen scratches over the course of its life? There are a couple of things you can do about it.
What are Nintendo 3DS Play Coins, and What Are...
Play Coins are digital currency that you earn when you walk with your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL. 100 steps earns you one coin for a daily total of ten.
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.
How to Register Your Nintendo 3DS
Learn how to register your Nintendo DS games and systems with Club Nintendo so you can protect your consoles and earn exclusive rewards.
How to Set Up Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls
A step-by-step guide on setting up Parental Controls on your Nintendo 3DS.
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.
Tips For a Good Start in Animal Crossing: New...
New to Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Here's a list of great tips that will help you get settled in.
Is the Nintendo 2DS backwards compatible with...
Is the Nintendo 2DS able to play Nintendo DS games?
Nintendo 3DS SpotPass vs. StreetPass: What's...
An explanation of the difference between the Nintendo 3DS's SpotPass and StreetPass features.
The Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program: What You...
Everything you need to know about the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program.
How to Adjust The Nintendo 3DS's Brightness...
Here's how to brighten or dim your Nintendo 3DS screens.
How to Win at Bravely Default on Nintendo 3DS
A few hints, tips, and suggestions for succeeding at Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS.
What Colors Does the Nintendo 3DS Come In?
A complete list of the Nintendo 3DS colors available around the world.
Nintendo 3DS eShop
: The Nintendo eShop is a digital marketplace that's accessible through the Nintendo 3DS. The eShop sells
How to Make Lots of Bells in 'Animal Crossing:...
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 Calibrate Your Nintendo 3DS Touch Screen
If your Nintendo 3DS's touch screen isn't responding properly, or if it isn't working at all, it may need to be calibrated. Here's how to do it.
Everything You Need to Know About The Legend of...
Tips and information about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS. What's different from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past?
What's the Nintendo 2DS cost?
Break open your piggy bank: Here's the Nintendo 2DS's asking price.
Is the Pokemon White Hand Enemy Real?
Is there any credibility to the legend of the White Hand .gif in Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue?
A Review of 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?
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
A full review of the role-playing game 'Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story' by Nintendo
Here's What You Need to Know About SwapNote
Everything you need to know about SwapNote, the Nintendo 3DS's messaging application.
My Nintendo 3DS hinge cracked! What should I do...
Is your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL hinge about to give up the ghost? Here's what you need to do.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds...
Is The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS a worthy successor to A Link to the Past? Our review lays it all out.
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.
5 Reasons to Buy a Nintendo DS Lite (Not a PSP...
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.
How to Transfer Data From Your Nintendo DSi to...
A step-by-step guide on how to transfer your DSiWare, photos, and sound recordings from your Nintendo DSi to your Nintendo 3DS.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Review
A review of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for the Nintendo 3DS.
Will the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console ever...
Why haven't we seen Game Boy Advance games on the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console service? Will we ever see them?
Can the Nintendo 3DS Play Movies and TV Shows?
Can the Nintendo 3DS play movies?
Pokemon TV App Review
Curious about the Pokemon TV app for iOS and Android? Here's what you need to know.
Super Mario 3D Land
A review of 'Super Mario 3D Land,' a 3D platforming game for the Nintendo 3DS.
New trailer for upcoming 'Adventure Time' title...
The latest trailer for Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is looking good.
How To Buy Nintendo Points for the Nintendo DSi...
Learn how to buy and redeem Nintendo Points for the Nintendo DSi using a credit card.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Review
A full review of the action/platforming title Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.
Going hands-on with the Nintendo 3DS version of...
During E3 2014, Nintendo offered a demo of Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 3DS at select Best Buy stores. Here's how it plays.
All About Mega Evolutions in Pokemon X and...
Everything you need to know about Mega Evolution in Pokemon X and Y (3DS), including how to get Mega Stones and a list of Pokemon capable of Mega Evolving.
How to Make a Wish List on the Nintendo 3DS eShop
Learn how to make a game Wish List on the eShop.
Action Game
A definition of the term 'action game'
How to Get Your Torchic Mystery Gift in Pokemon...
Nintendo has a special Torchic waiting for Pokemon X and Y owners. Here's how to retrieve it.
Is the Nintendo 2DS the same thing as the...
Wait a second--is the Nintendo 2DS a whole new system, or just another type of 3DS?
Hyperkin 3DS PowerPlus Battery
A full review of Hyperkin's 3DS PowerPlus battery life expansion pack for the Nintendo 3DS
Why Won't Nintendo Put Pokemon or Mario Games...
Though it may be unbelievable, Nintendo has good reason to keep its properties off smartphones and tablets.
Here's How to Shoot 3D Pictures With Your...
Learn how to shoot 3D pictures with your Nintendo 3DS.
A Guide to Understanding ESRB 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 Best Homebrew Applications for the Nintendo DS
Your Nintendo DS is there for you when it's time to kick back, but you might be surprised to learn that you can use it to organize your life, too. Here are five essential homebrew applications for the Nintendo DS.
SpotPass
A definition of the term 'SpotPass'
How to Link a Nintendo Network ID From the Wii...
Here's how to link a Nintendo Network ID from your Wii U to your Nintendo 3DS.
Review: Pokemon X and Pokemon Y for the...
A full review of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y for the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS.
Pre-Installed Software on the Nintendo 3DS
A listing and explanation of the software that comes pre-loaded with the Nintendo 3DS.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review
A full review of the adventure/simulation game Animal Crossing: New Leaf by Nintendo.
Preview: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow--Mirror...
A preview of 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow--Mirror of Fate' for the Nintendo 3DS (information courtesy of the June 2012 edition of Nintendo Power)
Are Pokemon Designs Getting Worse Over the Years?
The Pokemon designs in modern games are subject to heavy criticism, but are they really less interesting than the critters we started with?
Why is the Nintendo Network Down? / Why isn't...
Having trouble getting the Nintendo Network and Miiverse to connect? Here are some causes and solutions.
Are Shiny Pokemon stronger or better than...
What Are Shiny Pokemon? Are They Stronger Than Normal Pokemon?
StreetPass
See the Streepass feature but don't know what it is or what it does? Here is an explanation of the StreetPass feature for the Nintendo 3DS.
RPG/Role-Playing Game
A definition of the term 'RPG/role-playing game'
7 Best Puzzle Games on the Nintendo DS
Has your brain been feeling flabby? Here are seven great games that will exercise your mind.
How to Get the Most From Your Nintendo...
Here's how to take care of the battery behind your Nintendo DS/Nintendo DSi so that it'll never abandon you in a time of need.
Nintendo DS Price Comparison
A side-by-side comparison of the prices for the different iterations of the Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo 3DS.
Pokemon Black/White
A full review of the RPG title 'Pokemon Black/White' from Nintendo.
Nintendo 3DS XL Preview
The Nintendo 3DS XL is coming! Here's what you should know about this 3DS upgrade.
Nintendo 3DS
: The Nintendo 3DS is a dual-screen portable game system developed and distributed by Nintendo. It was
What You Need to Know About the Pokemon PokeDex...
Everything you need to know about the Pokemon PokeDex iPhone/iPad app.
Can I Access Nintendo's Miiverse Through a Web...
Here's how to access Miiverse from outside a Wii U or a Nintendo 3DS.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
A full review of Paper Mario: Sticker Star, an RPG by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems.
How To Repair Your Games With the Nintendo 3DS...
If a specific Nintendo 3DS app or game is freezing up on you repeatedly, you can try fixing it with the Nintendo 3DS software repair tool.
How to Haggle For the Best Prices in Rusty's...
Rusty's Real Deal Baseball for the Nintendo 3DS is a mini-game collection that lets you bargain for low prices. Here's how to haggle for the best deals.
What Is Nintendo DS Homebrew?
Getting into Nintendo DS homebrew can seem intimidating. Get straightforward answers to some basic questions about the hardware and legalities of independent game development.
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
A definition of term 'Virtual Console'
10 Best Nintendo DS/3DS Games to Take on a Trip
Going on a trip? Here are ten excellent games that should prove to be good travelling companions.
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.
Is the Nintendo 3DS Just Another Version of the...
Is the Nintendo 3DS just another upgrade of the original Nintendo DS?
What You Should Know About the Nintendo 3DS...
Everything you need to know about the Nintendo 3DS's Circle Pad Pro, AKA the Slider Pad add-on accessory.
Top 5 Superhero Games on the Nintendo DS
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's the five best superhero games available for the Nintendo DS.
Opinion: Angry Birds Trilogy will help preserve...
Is Angry Birds Trilogy just a cash grab, or will it actually help promote the preservation of digital/downloadable games?
How to locate your own Friend Code on the 3DS.
Need to find your Friend Code? It's easy!
Adventure Game
A definition of the term 'Adventure Game'
Which Wireless Security Modes Does the Nintendo...
Which Wi-Fi security modes are supported by the Nintendo 3DS family?
Pokemon
A definition of the term 'Pokemon'
What's Under Cubone's Mask in the Pokemon Games?
What's under Cubone's mask in the Pokemon games? Is it a baby Kangaskhan? Is it something else?
What Does the Nintendo DSi Transfer Tool Do?
What's the purpose of the Nintendo DSi Transfer Tool?
Here's How to Shoot 3D Video With Your Nintendo...
Learn how to shoot 3D video with your Nintendo 3DS.

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