The Nintendo 3DS is Nintendo's successor to the Nintendo DS. It is capable of displaying three-dimensional graphics without the use of specialized glasses. It also has features that can be used with Nintendogs + Cats, including the AR Cards that come included with the system.
The system was upgraded with the New Nintendo 3DS.
Unlike the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite, the 3DS is a region-locked console, meaning that a 3DS manufactured in North America cannot read the European or Japanese copy of a game cartridge (and vice versa).
Relationship with Nintendogs
- The Nintendo 3DS (and all of its variants) is backwards compatible with the original Nintendogs.
- Nintendogs + Cats is exclusively compatible with the Nintendo 3DS lineup (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 2DS XL, and 'New' variants which have extra buttons).
The following Nintendo 3DS features are exclusive content in Nintendogs + Cats:
- SpotPass: The 3DS can activate SpotPass to receive DLC (Downloadable Content) for the player's game, including new neighbors.
- StreetPass: When players pass by someone else who is using StreetPass and has a Nintendogs + Cats save file, some of their Nintendogs + Cats information is transferred to the player's game. Players can then see the image and message that they set, and may receive a gift from them if they chose to give one. After interacting with someone in StreetPass, their Mii can be seen walking their dog in the player's town.
- Mii: When someone receives the player's information via StreetPass, they will be able to see his/her Mii.
- AR Cards: The AR Card is an extremely important item used for the Obedience Trial-- the dog must appear to be standing on the card while the player tells it to do the required tricks. AR Cards for other gamesmay be used for other special features in the game.
- SD Card: Since Nintendogs + Cats has an in-game camera feature, the pictures are stored on the 3DS's SD card, which can be removed when the 3DS is turned off and inserted into a computer's SD card slot. This makes it easy for a player to share their "photographs" online.
Regional Launch Dates
- February 26, 2011 (Japan)
- March 25, 2011 (Europe)
- March 27, 2011 (North America)
- March 31, 2011 (Australia)
- Aqua Blue
- Cerulean Blue (Asia Exclusive)
- Cobalt Blue (Japanese Exclusive)
- Coral Pink
- Cosmos Black
- Flame Red
- Ice White
- Midnight Purple (North American Exclusive)
- Pearl Pink
- Shimmer Pink (Asia Exclusive)
Special Nintendogs Bundles
- Coral Pink (bundled with Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog & New Friends, Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends, or Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle & New Friends), Nov 28 2011
|Size (closed)||130 mm. long x 20 mm. wide x 74 mm. tall|
|Screens||Top screen = 3.53 square inches
Bottom screen: 3.53 square inches (touch screen)
Pixels: 800 * 240 (192,000) per screen
|Colors||24-bit RGB (16,777,216 colors)|
|Brightness||There are five different brightness settings.|
|Battery||3–8 hours, lifespan will decrease the more it is used, time span depends largely on the screen brightness, which game is being played (DS titles save battery), and the depth of the 3D images.|
|CPU||Dual-core ARM11 MPCore (268 MHz) and ARM9 (67 MHz)|
|RAM||128 MB FCRAM, 6MB VRAM|
|Connection||Wireless adapter IEE 802.11b/g (LAN) Wi-Fi with internet compatibility|
New Nintendo 3DS
The New Nintendo 3DS is the successor to the Nintendo 3DS. It has extra ZL and ZR buttons, as well as a C-Stick.