With the 3DS release just over a month away for the non-Japanese population, what all will come in the box with the 3DS console? Well, as we saw in a previous news post, we took a look at the hardware. Now to look at the software! Hit the jump to see what new features the latest portable gaming console has to offer!

Street Pass

In this nifty feature, you can swap data with others that are carrying their 3DS along with them. If you pass another person with your 3DS on in “Sleep Mode”, you can swap data such as Mii characters and high scores with others with their 3DS in “Sleep Mode”. Of course, you can change your settings to allow which data to be transferred and which to be hidden.

Spot Pass

Like Street Pass, you can exchange data with your 3DS in Sleep Mode. However, this method of data exchange happens when the Sleep Mode 3DS passes by a wireless hotspot or wireless LAN access point. This application may not be available for use until after the software update in late May.

Nintendo 3DS Sound

This application lets you listen to your favorite music saved on an SD Card in MP3 or AAC format. You can even record and play with sounds via the Nintendo 3DS microphone with a variety of fun filters. This looks to be an expanded version found on the DSi.

Nintendo eShop

This is the virtual console for the 3DS. In it you’ll find the Virtual Console service, featuring a selection of games from classic Nintendo systems like the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. You will also find exclusive games only found on the eShop as well as titles that were previously available on the DSi store.

Activity Log

The Activity Log tracks both your game play activity, noting which games you’ve played and how long you’ve played them, as well as your physical activity, counting every step you take while carrying your Nintendo 3DS. Track your data by day, week, month, or year—and walk more every day to earn Play Coins, which can be used with compatible games and applications to acquire special content and a variety of other benefits with the system’s built in pedometer. (like with Street Pass).

Mii Maker

This is just like the Wii counterpart but with a few little extras. One of them is having the Mii Maker make a Mii from a photograph you take with the 3DS cameras. There is also the Mii Plaza where Mii information will be exchanged with Street Pass.

AR Games

Placing one of the AR Cards on a table or floor, the 3DS camera will read the card and initiate game stages or characters right before your eyes. AR Games features different modes, from a wild shooting gallery to an interactive photo shoot with your Mii characters—plus more. With this augmented-reality gaming experience, you can interact with your environment and play your game at the same time.

Face Raiders

Using the camera, you can take a photo of yourself, a friend or family member, which is then placed right onto a range of shooting targets. To play, you’ll need to move with your Nintendo 3DS system, physically leaning and turning to search all around and aim high and low, taking out your targets.

There you have it! As the online features are updated around the end of May, even more features will become available. These will come pre-installed on the 3DS as soon as you pull it out of the box. Even more eager to get the 3DS now than you were before? Tell us your excitement in the comments below!

Sources: Nintendo, Amazon.com

  • TwiliMidona

    This is awesome. Can't wait for eStore, auto-mii maker feature and AR games!

  • goronbot

    I want it soooooooooooooo bad but my parents say no because
    I already have the original DS, the DS Lite, and the DSI : (

    • cloverplayer

      you should wait 1 or 2 years, I mean seriously 250 bucks?
      I'm gonna wait till the price goes down and get it on ebay for like $100

    • Shadowknight1

      sell them. Then you'll have an excuse. 😉

    • Brock

      Wait- they won't by it or you can't have it period? if they won't buy it for you, I doubt they'll stop you ffrom saving money and buying it yourself.

    • erika

      Why would you buy so many DS'? : /

    • BLEH

      Why don't you just trade in all three? Or, if you want to keep playing Gameboy games, just keep your DS Lite, unless you have a Gameboy… then just trade in all three XD. You'll get a good amount of money for all three, probably almost enough or enough to get the 3DS.

    • Tell them that if you turn in your DS Lite DSI or DSI xl you get 100 dollar credit for each. Which is ture!

  • spirittracksmaster

    I'm lucky I didn't get a dsi I knew they were going to make something cooler and they did!

    • Lizzy

      I have had my original ds for 5 years and its in great condition with minor screen scraches. 😀 3ds here I come!

      • Ryan

        Man, I broke my original DS by crushing it in a car door (it was a silly accident), and my DS Lite works except for the L and R buttons got worn out and don't work. Which happened with my original DS too.

        • Hey-Listen!!!

          Ya my bro's R button stoped working… as for mine it loose on its hinge but it still works…. for about 1/2 sec. =D

      • Hero of Winds 2

        Yeah, I've had mine for about four years, so I'd say it's time for an upgrade for me too! Plus, my DS hinge was broken when my brother sat on it! LOL

  • I look forward to how the Mii Maker will process a photograph of myself. I've tried several different versions on the Wii, but none of them came out quite right. 8)

    And man, I'm also excited about getting Link's Awakening DX off the eShop! That's going to be my first game while I'm waiting for Ocarina of Time 3DS, as well as SS. 😉

  • Dude, making Miis from photographs? I can't wait to test that out. Guh, why don't I have money for this right now? -pouts- I want it!

    • Hero of Winds 2

      I'm afraid that mine's is going to look ulgy! Oh well, I'm sure I'll get a laugh out of it, and then probably switch to a cartoonly look.

  • LinksAwakening

    Can't wait to have the 3DS, Link's awakening and OoT 3DS, we gonna have fun and we'll go crazy!!

  • Paffe


  • bobbby

    Is there a point to this "street pass" thing? I'm not about to take my 250 dollar handheld and walk around the park where someone else will happen to have there 250 dollar handheld. And why would I care what someone who I've never met has been playing? Please, someone explain this to me, I really don't understand the logic behind it. Anyway, aside from that and the mii making thingy, these features seem pretty cool. I'm glad I pre-ordered.

    • Nintendo clarified at the expo that the Street Pass was a social design. They wanted a 3DS owner to interact with another 3DS owner, whether by swapping data or meeting up to challenge each other after the exchange. I don't really see the point of it either, but it'll be a fun thing to do with frends. It'd just be nice if they added a Contact list so that you could decide who the data went to, also.

    • jwalraven

      Nintendo is doing it in order to promote more relaxed human relations of sorts.
      http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/11… (towards the bottom of the page)

    • Hero of Winds 2

      Well, the 3DS is a portable handheld device, so I wouldn't see a reason not to take it around with you. I bring my DS around with me all the time in the car, and then put it in my pocket when I'm walking around.
      Plus, we're going to Washington D.C. in May, so I'm sure I'll run across at least ONE person then!

    • Yeah, I've had that same thought before. The only people I know who are getting a 3DS are me and one of my friends, and I'm not out much, so I seriously doubt I'll ever pass anybody that has one, aside from my friend. I'm assuming this feature was meant more for Japan, where more people are actually going to buy this. But SpotPass sounds cool, so I'll settle for that.

  • MrFlox888

    The Activity Log is going to be the best thing I've ever had on a console. My game play for Zelda Twilight Princess on Wii is over 200 hours. I love extended periods of game-play. It seems better than the one on Wii in the Nintendo Channel!

    • Hero of Winds 2

      Certainly more accessable than the Wii's, that's for sure.

  • Awesome, can't wait for the best handheld ever created! I am guessing that I will be using the instruction manual more than once 🙂

  • chuck

    i herd of virtual boy on the eshop is that true

    • Hero of Winds 2

      Haha, only if they have that Wario game, because I heard that was the only one that was actually fun to play.

  • Keith

    Yes, Nintendo, we get it. The 3DS is better than sex. Stop reminding us. D:

  • Paul

    I want one now why can't they come out sooner!?

    • bobbby

      learn how to speak japanese.

  • Cool stuff and all, but the price tag…

  • KostaV

    I really need to know whether or not the 3Ds will be able to support an encryption key password greater than WEP… like perhaps WPA… or WPA2? Like the rest of the world uses?

    • thats what she said

      they said it will

    • If you go onto the Hardware Specifications List on the official Nintendo 3DS section of nintendo.com, you will see that they have officialy modified the wireless function to be compatible with WPA and WPA2 as opposed to WEP. The WEP thing has always been annoying with my current DS, since I have WPA instead. That's part of why I'm getting a 3DS.

  • Okami


    Well, first, it’s a handheld, so the point of it is that you can take it with you, not necessarily just to play it, but to have a way to spend some time on the bus or train, or whatever. And then it might be others there who also have their 3DS’s with them.

    And if you had played Dragon Quest IX, you would no longer not se the point with Street Pass. There you can unlock special dungeons and stuff, which gives you additional gameplay as well as rare items. And ways to level up real fast.
    It was a good feature in Japan where there are many gamers enough to gain from it, but in other parts of the world, not as much, since it’s not highly likely ti pass another person, who happens to have a DS, which happens to have Dragon Quest IX in it, which happens to have ben put in tag mode. The chance is not high.

    But with the 3DS, you don’t even have to have a game inserted. You just have to have used it once, so the system contains data from it. Then you just have to pass a person who owns the same game, which means you can get data to games neither of you have with you, without having to put it in tag mode.

    That is very practical.

  • whitewolfos

    It's kind of annoying now… I have money now for the 3DS, but I can't decide what color. What do you guys think?

    (Just so you know, I think the blue one is cooler, but I wonder if I'll get used to the top screen being one color and the bottom screen another color.)

    • weegee6

      it's what's inside that counts.

    • Hero of Winds 2

      Well, the blue's nice, but I am going to get the black one. The screen just seems larger when the color surrounding it is darker. It's an optical illusion thing.

  • goronbot

    what's a virtual boy?

    • Keith

      a very bad memory.

      • mcdude910


  • Bbawler

    awwwwwwsssssooooommme!!!!: yes

  • It's really too bad that this releases in the US on a Sunday. Being religious, I have a strict policy of not buying things on Sunday, and I never make exceptions, so I'll just have to wait until the 28th at midnight… =(

  • Lenny94

    Ive already orderd mine too, I never thought id would be so great
    I hope I get one, because in Europe Nintendo only produced 8 million…-.-^^
    Can´t wait to get IT and my Orcarina of Time

  • Flabbergasted

    I'm scared about what the auto mii maker will make me look like! 😉