Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo 3DS Logo.png
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Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Handheld
Release date(s) Japan February 26, 2011[1]
Europe March 25, 2011[2]
United States of America March 27, 2011[2]
Australia March 31, 2011
Discontinued Worldwide September 17, 2020
Media Nintendo 3DS Game Card, Nintendo DS Game Card, SD Card
Input Nintendo 3DS Stylus
Predecessor Nintendo DS
Successor Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld video game console made by Nintendo and released in 2011. It is a successor to the Nintendo DS and can play games in glasses-free stereoscopic 3D. Animal Crossing games released on the Nintendo 3DS include Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and the Photos with Animal Crossing application. Additionally, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which features content from the Animal Crossing series, was released for the 3DS.

The 3DS sold a total of 75.94 million units worldwide.[3] It was succeeded by the Nintendo Switch in 2017 and was discontinued worldwide on September 17, 2020.[4]

Features and built-in software[edit]

Friend List[edit]

Friend List is a built-in application where the player can add others as friends via a Friend Code. Having two players registered in each other's Friend List is required to visit other town's online in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Nintendo eShop[edit]

The Nintendo eShop is a digital store where games and software can be purchased and downloaded. All Animal Crossing games released on the 3DS can be purchased from the eShop, and Photos with Animal Crossing was released exclusively from the eShop. Update data for Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer can also be downloaded from the eShop. Additionally, games and software released for the DSi Shop, including Animal Crossing Calculator and Animal Crossing Clock, can be purchased and downloaded from the eShop.

The eShop is also available on the Wii U and Nintendo Switch. It is scheduled to be discontinued worldwide on the 3DS and Wii U on March 27, 2023.

Nintendo Zone[edit]

Nintendo Zone was a discontinued service for the Nintendo 3DS that allowed players to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot in a collaborating public location, typically a retail store, to receive unique content. Animal Crossing: New Leaf utilized Nintendo Zones to receive DLC items.

Play Coins[edit]

Icon for Play Coins

Play Coins are a system-wide currency that can be used in various games and software, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The 3DS has a built-in pedometer that tracks the player's steps; for every 100 steps taken, the player earns 1 Play Coin, up to a maximum of 10 per day and 300 total. In New Leaf, fortune cookies can be purchased from Timmy and Tommy's store for 2 Play Coins.

SpotPass[edit]

SpotPass is an online feature that allows the console to send and receive information to and from Nintendo. Animal Crossing: New Leaf features SpotPass connectivity, and it can be enabled or disabled from the title screen. The player could connect to the internet via SpotPass during distribution periods to receive DLC items and Nintendo staff homes in the Happy Home Showcase.

SpotPass is also available on the Wii U.

StreetPass[edit]

StreetPass is a feature that uses local wireless communication to send and receive information from and to other nearby 3DS systems. It is used in Animal Crossing: New Leaf in the Happy Home Showcase, where connecting with other players via StreetPass causes their house and player character to appear there. Some handheld items and badges require the use of StreetPass to obtain.

StreetPass Mii Plaza[edit]

Animal Crossing New Leaf - StreetPass Mii Plaza.jpg
New Leaf
Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer - StreetPass Mii Plaza.jpg
Happy Home Designer
The two Animal Crossing Puzzle Swap puzzles in StreetPass Mii Plaza

StreetPass Mii Plaza is a built-in application on the Nintendo 3DS. The Miis of players who have been met via StreetPass appear here, and there are various minigames that can be played. The player can dress their Mii with various unlockable outfits, including four based on the Animal Crossing series: the Isabelle Hat, Tom Nook Hat, K.K. Slider Hat, and Mr. Resetti Hat.

One of the minigames, Puzzle Swap, features Animal Crossing content. The objective of Puzzle Swap is to meet other players through StreetPass to obtain pieces of a puzzle that, when completed, displays an image from a 3DS game. Two of the puzzles feature an image from Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

Themes[edit]

An update in 2014 introduced themes, which alter the background, app icons, and music of the HOME Menu. Themes can be purchased from the Theme Shop, My Nintendo, or the downloadable game Nintendo Badge Arcade. 26 themes based on the Animal Crossing were released:

Name Image Music Released via Theme Shop description
3DS Theme - ACaF Plaza Icon.png
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival: Plaza
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing amiibo Festival.png
"Plaza"
Theme Shop A crowd's gathered for the amiibo Festival! Scroll the Touch Screen to see who's here as you enjoy the festival's plaza tune.
3DS Theme - AC Falling Leaves Icon.png
Animal Crossing: Falling Leaves
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Fall Leaves.png
"12 PM"
Theme Shop This fall-inspired theme features Isabelle and friends raking up fallen leaves. Keep an eye out for Mr. Resetti and Don Resetti!
3DS Theme - AC Gardening Weather Icon.png
Animal Crossing: Gardening Weather
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Gardening Weather.png
"Bunny Day"
Theme Shop This Spring theme shows Leif, Isabelle, and others. Scroll the screen to see them tend the garden, but look out for Mr. Resetti!
3DS Theme - ACHHD My Town Icon.png
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: My Town
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer - My Town.png
"Title-Screen Tune"
Theme Shop This theme features watercolor-style art by the game's Lead Illustrator. Scroll the Touch Screen to see lots of cute characters!
3DS Theme - ACHHD Your Office Icon.png
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: Your Office
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer.png
"???"
Theme Shop ???
3DS Theme - ACNL Swimming in the Sea Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Swimming in the Sea
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Swimming in the Sea.png
"Island (Day)"
Theme Shop This summertime theme features Isabelle and friends enjoying a relaxing swim. Scroll the Touch Screen to see them in action!
3DS Theme - ACNL Bulletin Board Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Bulletin Board
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Bulletin Board.png
"1 p.m."
Theme Shop The folders and icons look like they are made of wood. Scroll the Touch Screen to see cheerful flowers sway in the wind.
3DS Theme - ACNL Bunny Day Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Bunny Day
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Bunny Day.png
"Bunny Day"
Theme Shop Eggzactly what you need to get ready for Bunny Day! Scroll the Touch Screen to see O'Hare, Chrissy, Francine, and Zipper move.
3DS Theme - ACNL Colorful Pattern Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Colorful Pattern
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Colorful Pattern.png
"Title-Screen Tune"
Theme Shop This theme's relaxing music and colorfully patterned background, folders, and icons will make you feel right at home.
3DS Theme - ACNL Isabelle at Town Hall Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Isabelle at Town Hall
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Isabelle at Town Hall.png
"Town Hall (Isabelle's Theme)"
Theme Shop The folders and icons look like letters and stamps. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Isabelle daydream while she works.
3DS Theme - ACNL Jack, the Czar of Halloween Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Jack, the Czar of Halloween
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Jack the Czar of Halloween.png
"Halloween Hijinks"
Theme Shop This theme features festive folders and icons, spooky music, and jack-o'-lanterns. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Jack move.
3DS Theme - ACNL Jingle's Toy Day Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Jingle's Toy Day
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Jingle's Toy Day.png
"Toy Day"
Theme Shop Scroll the Touch Screen to animate this festive theme's lower background. Exit Sleep Mode to hear a present open.
3DS Theme - ACNL K.K. Slider at Club LOL Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: K.K. Slider at Club LOL
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - K.K. Slider at Club LOL.png
"K.K. Song"
Theme Shop The folders and icons feature an acoustic-guitar pattern. Scroll the Touch Screen to see K.K. Slider play his guitar and sing.
3DS Theme - ACNL Mabel Able Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Mabel Able
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Mabel Able.png
"Able Sisters"
Theme Shop The folders and icons look like they're sewn from blue cloth. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Mabel hard at work.
3DS Theme - ACNL Sable Able Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Sable Able
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Sabel Able.png
"Able Sisters"
Theme Shop The folders and icons look like they're sewn from pink cloth. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Sable hard at work.
3DS Theme - ACNL Timmy & Tommy Nook Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Timmy & Tommy Nook
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Timmy & Tommy Nook.png
"The Nooklings' Store"
Theme Shop The folders and icons look like they're cardboard boxes. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Timmy's and Tommy's eyes blink.
3DS Theme - ACNL Welcome to 2015 Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Welcome to 2015
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Welcome to 2015.png
"Happy New Year"
Theme Shop Isabelle and Pietro ring in 2015 in this festive NYE theme. Scroll the Touch Screen to see fireworks and party poppers explode.
3DS Theme - AC Winter Frolics Icon.png
Animal Crossing: Winter Frolics
3DS Theme - Animal Crossing New Leaf - Winter Frolics.png
"Main Street 1 (daytime snow)"
Theme Shop A theme featuring the snowpeople, who only appear in winter. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Isabelle and pals rolling snowballs.
3DS Theme - Cinnamoroll & K.K. Slider Icon.png
Cinnamoroll & K.K.
3DS Theme - Cinnamoroll and K.K..png
"???"
Theme Shop (Japan only) ???
3DS Theme - Hello Kitty & Isabelle Icon.png
Hello Kitty & Isabelle
3DS Theme - Hello Kitty and Isabelle.png
"???"
Theme Shop (Japan only) ???
3DS Theme - My Nintendo Isabelle Icon.png
My Nintendo: Isabelle
3DS Theme - My Nintendo Isabelle.png My Nintendo This original My Nintendo theme features Isabelle on the Top Screen and Animal Crossing-themed folders.
3DS Theme - AC Stylish Sweets Icon.png
Animal Crossing: Stylish Sweets
3DS Theme - Nintendo Badge Arcade - Candy Room.png - Nintendo Badge Arcade ???
3DS Theme - ACNL Festive Fun Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Festive Fun
3DS Theme - Nintendo Badge Arcade - Animal Crossing Christmas Room.png - Nintendo Badge Arcade ???
3DS Theme - ACNL Island Getaway Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Island Getaway
3DS Theme - Nintendo Badge Arcade - Animal Crossing Southern Island.png - Nintendo Badge Arcade ???
3DS Theme - ACNL Paw-Print Room Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Paw-Print Room
3DS Theme - Nintendo Badge Arcade - Animal Crossing Paw Pattern Room.png - Nintendo Badge Arcade ???
3DS Theme - ACNL Plaza Icon.png
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Plaza
3DS Theme - Nintendo Badge Arcade - Animal Crossing Village Square.png - Nintendo Badge Arcade ???


Animal Crossing-related games[edit]

Retail[edit]

Game Image Release dates
Animal Crossing: New Leaf NL Box NA.jpg Japan November 8, 2012
South Korea February 8, 2013
United States of America June 9, 2013
Europe June 14, 2013
Australia June 15, 2013
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Box NA.png Japan September 13, 2014
United States of America October 3, 2014
Europe October 3, 2014
Australia October 4, 2014
South Korea September 10, 2015
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer HHD Box North America.png Japan July 30, 2015
United States of America September 25, 2015
Europe October 2, 2015
Australia October 3, 2015
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome amiibo boxart (UK).jpg Japan November 23, 2016
Australia November 24, 2016
Europe November 25, 2016
South Korea December 1, 2016
United States of America December 8, 2016

Backward compatibility[edit]

The Nintendo 3DS is backward-compatible with Nintendo DS games.

Game Image Release dates
Animal Crossing: Wild World WW Box NA.jpg Japan November 23, 2005
United States of America December 5, 2005
Australia December 8, 2005
Europe March 31, 2006
South Korea December 6, 2007

Download[edit]

In addition to the downloadable versions of the retail Nintendo 3DS titles mentioned above, the following download-only software are also playable on the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo eShop native apps[edit]

Game Release dates
PwAC Home Menu Icon.png
Photos with Animal Crossing
Japan November 21, 2013
Europe 2015

DSiWare legacy apps[edit]

App Release dates (3DS eShop)
Clock Home Menu Icon.png
Animal Crossing Calculator
Japan June 6, 2011
United States of America June 6, 2011
Europe July 7, 2011
Australia June 6, 2011
Calculator Home Menu Icon.png
Animal Crossing Clock
Japan June 6, 2011
United States of America June 6, 2011
Europe July 7, 2011
Australia June 6, 2011

Models[edit]

Name Image Release dates Notes
Nintendo 3DS 3DS.png Japan February 26, 2011
United States of America March 27, 2011
Europe March 25, 2011
Australia March 31, 2011
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Nintendo 3DS XL 3DS XL.png Japan July 28, 2012
United States of America August 19, 2012
Europe July 28, 2012
Australia August 23, 2012
The Nintendo 3DS XL features 90% larger screens compared to the original 3DS.
Nintendo 2DS 2DS unit.png Japan February 27, 2016
United States of America October 12, 2013
Europe October 12, 2013
Australia October 12, 2013
The Nintendo 2DS lacks 3D and has a different form-factor, lacking the clamshell design of all other DS and 3DS models.
New Nintendo 3DS New3DS.png Japan October 11, 2014
United States of America September 25, 2015
Europe February 13, 2015
Australia November 21, 2014
The New Nintendo 3DS features an upgraded processor, increased RAM, a C-Stick, ZL and ZR buttons, face tracking for more stable 3D, and NFC support for scanning amiibo. This model also has swappable faceplates on the back of the top and bottom sections.
New Nintendo 3DS XL New3DSXL.jpg Japan October 11, 2014
United States of America February 13, 2015
Europe February 13, 2015
Australia November 21, 2014
The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a larger version of the New Nintendo 3DS. It does not have swappable faceplates.
New Nintendo 2DS XL New2DSXL.png Japan July 13, 2017
United States of America July 28, 2017
Europe July 28, 2017
Australia June 15, 2017
The New Nintendo 2DS has all of the hardware improvements from the New Nintendo 3DS but lacks 3D.

Animal Crossing models and bundles[edit]

Multiple Animal Crossing-themed models of the 3DS or bundles including an Animal Crossing game were released:

Model Release date(s) Bundle Design
3DSAC.jpg
Nintendo 3DS XL
Japan
United States of America ???
Europe ???
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Top and bottom are white with icons of apples, furniture leaves, and houses, along with multi-colored dots.
Nintendo 2DS NL.jpg
Nintendo 2DS
Europe ??? Animal Crossing: New Leaf Standard red-and-white console.
Nia.png
Nintendo 2DS
Europe ??? Animal Crossing: New Leaf Standard pink-and-white console.
Nia.png
New Nintendo 3DS
Japan ??? None Standard white console; contains a set of faceplates featuring a collage of Animal Crossing characters.
Nia.png
New Nintendo 3DS
Japan ???
United States of America September 25, 2015[5]
Europe ???
Australia ???
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Standard white console; contains two sets of faceplates: one based on the key art for Happy Home Designer, and one with Isabelle's face on the top and the pattern of her clothing on the bottom. The European and Australian releases only contained the former set of faceplates.
Nia.png
New Nintendo 3DS XL
Japan ???
Europe October 2, 2015[6]
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Top is white and features various objects and building from Happy Home Designer; bottom features a house and a silhouette of Lottie.
NLWa New 2DS XL.png
New Nintendo 2DS XL
Japan ???
Europe July 20, 2018[7]
Australia June 20, 2018[7]
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo Features a cream design with a green top and buttons. The top has "Animal Crossing" and various designs engraved in the center.

Appearances in the Animal Crossing series[edit]

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer features two furniture items based on models of the Nintendo 3DS: the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. It also features the Nintendo 3DS shelf, which contains various 3DS games, and the Nintendo 3DS Station, which is based on a retail store kiosk.

In Welcome amiibo[edit]

The Welcome amiibo update to Animal Crossing: New Leaf features all the 3DS-related items introduced in Happy Home Designer, as well as six new items: the New 3DS XL - HHD, which is based on a real Happy Home Designer-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL model, and the New 3DS - Isabelle, New 3DS - K.K., New 3DS - Mabel, New 3DS - Sable, New 3DS - T&T, which feature faceplates of their respective characters. Interacting with any 3DS console item allows the player to play Animal Crossing Puzzle League

In Pocket Camp[edit]

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp features a New Nintendo 3DS XL furniture item.

References[edit]

  1. Craig Harris (September 28, 2010). "Nintendo Conference 2010 Details". IGN.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jim Reilly (January 19, 2011). "3DS Price, Release Date Announced". IGN.
  3. Nintendo. "IR Information : Sales Data - Dedicated Video Game Sales Units". nintendo.co.jp.
  4. Sam Byford (September 17, 2020). "Nintendo has discontinued the 3DS". The Verge. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  5. Sodapone. "New Nintendo 3DS Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer Console [NA]". Consolevariations.com. Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  6. Neverbirth. "New Nintendo 3DS XL Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer Console [EU]". Consolevariations.com. Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 taco85. "New Nintendo 2DS XL Animal Crossing New Leaf Console". Consolevariations.com. Retrieved December 5, 2022.

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