The Nintendo 3DS is a portable gaming console released by Nintendo in 2011. Use this tag for 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, and the New 3DS XL
The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld unit released in 2011 by Nintendo. Like all the DS'es before it, the 3DS sports a dual screen, with a stylus for the bottom touchscreen. Like the DSi's before it, it also supports downloadable software, via the Nintendo eShop. The 3DS also adds to the top screen the autostereoscopic 3D ability, which can be adjusted by a switch, and replaces Nintendo's trademark control pad with a circle pad for smoother joystick-like movements.
At least four revisions have been made, so far. The Nintendo 3DS XL is basically the same model, with 90% larger screens. The Nintendo 2DS is a non-folding unit without a stereoscopic 3D screen, designed with children in mind. The New Nintendo 3DS (sold outside of the U.S.) and the New Nintendo 3DS XL has many improvements over the previous versions, including more controls, larger screen, and better 3D effects.