Nintendo 3DS Specs Unveiled – “The PSP is Finished”


The detailed specification for the newly announced Nintendo 3DS has made clear the fact the the 3DS appears to surpass the PSP in every respect, particularly in the crucial areas of graphics and storage space, prompting some to proclaim the end of the PSP…

The specification in full:

Size (when closed):
Approximately 134mm wide, 74mm long, 21mm inches thick.


Top Screen:
3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800×240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).

Touch Screen:
3.02-inch LCD with 320×240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.

One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640×480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.

Nintendo 3DS Game Card:
2 GB max at launch.

Wireless Communication:
Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others.

Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.

Game Controls:
Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.

Other Input Controls:
3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.

A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.

Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.

Lithium ion battery, details TBA.

Many have commented to the effect that these specs completely surpass the PSP in every respect, even down to the 2GB game cards exceeding the 1.8GB capacity of the UMD, and with much faster loading likely. And this leaves aside the matter of the new “3D” screen Nintendo is employing…

The tendency for Nintendo consoles to play host to a less mature array of titles also appears to have been reversed, with several top franchises more usually associated with Sony and Microsoft appearing alongside the obligatory Mario and Zelda (apparently a Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake) titles.

A selection of those games, as published by Nintendo:


Below is a document purporting to list all the upcoming releases for the 3DS:



Meanwhile all Sony can muster in response this E3 is the earlier failed PSP Go and a pathetic array of new titles for its Move Wiimote-alike controller – woe betide Microsoft and Sony should Nintendo ever finally return with an HD console.

The 3DS is “set for release in all major markets by March 2011,” according to Nintendo.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol Sony Fanboys.

    The 3DS looks wicked awesome, as does it's line up.
    Can't wait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo is trying to win against hardware from 2004...
    The PSP1000/2000/3000/Go are almost identical to each other and the PSP1000 was released 2004 so it really does take 6 years for Nintendo to get a better console than PSP...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no its doesnt, what takes 6 years is the 3D and the troubleshooting

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no it doesnt, what takes 6 years is the 3D and the troubleshooting

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    some mention desserves detailing : "2GB"
    nintendo tends to inflate figures using bits instead of bytes, which makes quite a difference.
    so, bits or bytes ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:11 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd assume bytes as it's common for bits to use a lowercase b or "Gb"(gb?).

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obvioulsy, it surpasses PSP as it's a next-gen portable, I mean, you can't compare the PS3 to the GameCube =/ in any case you should compare it to an hipotetically PSP2, not to the PSP

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i cant wait for love plus 3D

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    am i the only one happy for the new professor layton game???

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    Comment by hugh
    23:44 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am thoroughly underwhelmed. It's only slightly improved hardware with a low res 3D screen. The launch titles are ports and 2D side scrollers on a 3D console, what the hell? Lame~

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the starting lineup looks awesome although admittedly, the number of games released may be VERY low unless it's just tacking 3D to existing ports like everyone said. It wouldn't really be a bad thing to rebuy an SMT game if it's in 3D. Aside from that, I'm really hoping the 3D gimmick won't become oversaturated and boring too fast. But then the gaming world has zero attention span so maybe.

    So far Nintendo has a lot more potential with their handheld system than the console it seems. It's seems to be that way with all. But I will be highly amused if Microsoft ends up trying announce a handheld game.

    But otherwise, Nintendo does beat Sony in this regard. Just on the fact that put a SLIDER for analog instead of a dinky stick. I always try that with my PSP and I'm too afraid it'll mess up. Hm...I really wondering what their next generation console will look like. The 5 year mark for consoles is almost up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:23 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, and how the fuck is finishing off a 5 year old handheld big news?

    Anyway, the new Kid Icarus guarantees that this will be a day one purchase for me. I've been waiting for a sequel since I was like 12.

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    Comment by Dia
    23:27 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will the wireless features allow me to send lewd pictures to kids in cars driving beside me on the freeway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Improved hardware = COOL!

    Im'ma buy it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony= White washed games (Muscles FPS etc)

    Ninten= Games still have the Japanese feel

    Xbox360= Every damn thing feels too masculine in a silly way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bokujyou Monogatari 3D? Harvest Moon 3D? SOLD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dead or Alive and Metal Gear both on a Nintendo handheld, this world is doomed I am going on to the next one.
    No really in my opinion Nintendo is for the gaming industry what Apple is for the PC industry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo's last handheld system already beat the PSP... this article is moot.

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    Comment by alex251
    19:52 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Love plus on 3DS - even lover birth rate ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Death of the PSP? When did it ever really get off the ground?

    Until Nippon Ichi, Atlus and Tri-Ace are Nintendo exclusives, I'm a Sony man.

    ...OK, Etrian Odyssey, but still.

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    Comment by raijinz
    21:02 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had heard for ages that Nintendo were planning a Wii HD console, but they kept denying it.

    Maybe because they had this sonona biach waiting in the wings, ready to spring on Sony's unsuspecting ass all along!

    First the Wii, then the DS, now this?! You can't predict what Nintendo will do next, and that's what makes them so dangerous!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really did not want to buy the 3DS but after they showed up all this shit, I seriously need it. They already have 7 games I'm interested in listed for it up there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:41 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    muahahaha .... nintendo ruled the charts even if it had a crappy wii with no hd and a motion control.

    Well fairly it did its job and the plus only make it better SHIKASHI with only that we ruled the market and didnt have a lot of third party support ... but now ...

    we ruled but not in a way that pleases much gamers cause of the casual thing and stuff, but now its to say that WE WILL RULE the market =D

    So bring your kinects and move rip offs, cause we have the future on our hands bitches :@

    btw cant wait to have final fantasy 6 3d =D

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why compare a nex-gen handheld to a previous gen?

    Ignorant people are ignorant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see a lot of Sony fanboys here, but no matter. I'm beginning to have confidence in Nintendo again after 2 years or so. Now let's hope this thing gets a reasonable price.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:35 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh my goodness... I hate to say it.... but with those specs, and that LINE UP!!!..... The PSP is f'ing screwed... Unless Sony was smart enough to have a new PSP to combat this ahead of time... well...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course it surpasses the PSP, it just got announced and the PSP has been out for 5 years. Was Sony finished when the Xbox 360 came out? -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If i remember correctly, the 360 came out 1st out of of the 3 consoles, and I believe the PS3 was on it's way already?

    I wouldn't say Sony is finished either. All they need to do is make a new PSP with superior specs to the 3DS... granted, this may take about 2 years. Let's hope MOVE takes them in a profitable direction, as opposed to the PSPGo.. which can PSPGo to hell, for all I care.

    Gotta admit, 3D stereoscopic is fucking amazing shit to play with on a hand held.

    This technology was MADE FOR PORN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:07 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    DBZ and Gundam are fine and all but I want more SRW ports!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mecha + Tits = Win.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    PSP is in deep shit!
    Can't wait for Love Plus+++!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous

    There is no PSP 2 and Sony doesn't plan to make one.


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 10/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atm, only one reason to get for me. Kingdom hearts :/ Though really looking forward to others to come

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 18/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:22 23/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a gigantic fanboy of GREAT GAMES making a system fail or not...

    Let's account for some things:
    1) The N3DS is like the upgrade from Gamecube to Wii.... A gimmick and moderately better graphics. Sure, making a bunch of ports and slapping 3D on them seems to solve all our gaming woes... But seriously. These games are old-hat. They've all been played before on previous consoles EXCEPT Kid Icarus.

    [I refuse to call Ocarina of Time 3D a new title... All they did was smoothe-over on polygonal sprites]

    2) The majority of the N3DS titles are just 3D titles instead of 2D.... not actual 3d. They just used Ps2 graphics on some games (PSP was doing this already.)

    3) The DS and PSP are each five years old... So a next gen console will always hypothetically end a last gen console.

    4) N3DS to Wii connectivity is a myth... Even normal PSPs can communicate with a PS3 already. Might I mention that ADHOC for the PS3 already turns a 5 year old system into a 3D system capable of good online play.

    5)Gyro and motion sensor kinda things have ALREADY been made into a Nintendo trademark...Microsoft and Sony just made motion devices more accurate for PRACTICAL gaming by using more than one sensor.


    The bottom line? Nintendo and Sony are taking consoles in different directions.

    Nintendo is going for an on-the-go approach to show cutscenes and "3D" graphics of PORTS of existing titles.... while providing a few of their own. On the go gaming... Online. What they did with the DS. It's the good-old-Apple-approach. Throw a new iTOY and everyone buys it.

    Sony is taking innovation with a hub approach to online play (most DS online play is at home anyways). It's an innovation that has never been done before. Sony is making HIGH QUALITY GAMING but by use of a PS3 as a HD Hub to allow for better-streamed online gaming. I'm sure the PSP2 will follow suit on that. If ADHOC is improved, the matchmaking mechanics of a room system will be expanded into subcatagorizing into rooms designated for games.... while fusing the multi-national adhocs into one entity...... In other words, they are trying to immerse people by linking exising products.

    Sure, as a gamer... I will eventually buy a N3DS. However, I'll buy a N3DS when they inevitably make the flashcart around November next year. Additionally, the new JUMP fighting game probably won't be around until 2012... So, I'll continue pirating, and on occasion, buying games for my DSiXL.

    For those who made the argument:
    PSP has always had better games than the DS. It wasn't until year 5 that PSP had really amazing online play though. See many good DS anime titles? Fighting games? RPGs? Sure you have Pokemon, Zelda, and Jump.... but what else?

    In closing:
    DSiXL will live for another 2 years when the N3DS actually has decent games, piracy, and a good install-base.

    PSP died because of hacking and a lack of good online-play until year 5 to developers.

    Inevitably, a PSP2 will be made..... It'll use the PSPGO as a base.... Fans will rage. N3DS will be hacked because Nintendo is in a rush to throw it out. (especially considering most of the stuff of the games we've been shown are cutscenes).

    Nintendo failed the show so hard... Even the developer of Zelda couldn't use the shotty Wiimote... N3DS is just a PSP Graphics DS....Sony won the show with a good 3D showing AND motion controller.... Microsoft did okay with the KINECT, Fable3, HaloReach, and so-forth.


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 14/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 16:22 23/06/2010

    Fucken' fail. Get the fuck outta my interwebz. Nao.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:08 24/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, you're an idiot. how can you call the DS->3DS is same as gamecube->wii, when the 3DS's specs are better than the PSPs, not to mention the increased screen resolution and the 3D effect?

    Some fanboy indeed. Do some goddamn research next time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:30 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't worry, dear drooling Sony fanboys, in a couple years Sony will release the PSP-3dee, incorporating the incredibly novelty of showing 3D graphics! Best thing, it will be totally black (because non-black = gay amirite?) and will have a funny ball somewhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:29 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, let's attach those 3DSes to something that gamers are deathly afraid of: WOMEN.


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heh, Nintendo has finally had enough of Sony meddling into its territory. Time to tell Sony that there is only one king of handhelds, and finish off the PSP---for good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:41 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Both Sony and Microsoft would suffer greatly if Nintendo was to make a HD console."

    The only guys who's gonna be pretty annoyed with this statement are the Sony and Xbox fanboys. Heh...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:29 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    where is my love plus 3ds?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol. Skimmed through all these comments and not one mention of the fact that all the images in the post are fake? Yeah, it's a great device but it's graphics are not superior to the PSP's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Buy a new pair of glasses, or wake up for that matter.

    That or you're just a troll -- and I'm thinking the latter.

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    Comment by yaku
    03:25 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a good thing to not be a fanboy; I love my PSP and even though I'll get the 3DS I'll never stop using the PSP (PSP Go is no good though).

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo better not screw up the jiggle mechanics on DoA...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When did Nintendo start making DoA? Blame Tecmo Koei if jiggle doesn't live up to your standards.

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    Comment by toshironikko
    01:23 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm I think my DSi (first week launch) is gonna be upgrading to the 3DS when it comes out (^_^)b - and im still happy with my DSlite with its GBA compatibility. Im hoping for some VC on it tho so we can download NES and maybe other GBA(?) games.

    Also when it comes to SONY and M$ doing the whole motion stuff to make money off casual gamers ~ the Wii is still the cheaper way to go and now the newer ones comes with Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports and Motion Plus ~ in terms of value Wii is the best way to go. Do you really think the ppl at retirement centers are gonna get up and move more if there is a camera catching their movements for more precise control? I dont think so >_>

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