What is the Nintendo 3DS battery life?

12 January 2011
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The 3DS battery life has been revealed.

This will give you a good idea of how long you can go portable with your handheld device, before it runs out of juice to power all your favorite stereoscopic 3D gaming beasts.

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  • To charge the battery all the way, it will take three-and-a-half hours. If your battery is fully charged, you can play games for anywhere from three to five hours before the battery runs dry.

    Your mileage will vary though depending on how high you have the 3D effects turned on, whether or not you are playing with sound, and how strong the backlighting is.

    If you chose to play a classic DS game on the 3DS, the charge would last you between 5 and 8 hours.

    3DS battery life charging cradle

    Naturally, having the backlight on will take more juice as will playing with the 3D effects of the system (which can be turned entirely off via a slider).

    The 3DS will be released in Japan on February 26, 2011 and in March 2011 in America and Europe.

    Here is the battery-life breakdown for 3DS:

  • 3-5 hours for 3DS games.
  • 5-8 hours for DS games.
  • Roughly 3 hours to charge.
  • You can see the 3DS and it being charged in this Japanese promo video.

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    • The longest I ever spent traveling by train is about 1.5 to 2 hours one-way (I’d bring my DS), and even if I were to take that chance to go back and forth during the day the battery wouldn’t run out on me. So yeah, I’m not complaining. I think the rest of the time would mostly play the 3DS at home anyway.

      That said, this is PSP-level battery draining action going on there!

    • @ Ferry: I too was hoping the 3DS battery life would be longer, but hey it’s in stereoscopic 3D without needing glasses so we don’t have anything to complain about really! 😀

    • Nintendo fan

      Ugh this sucks only that much of battery? I go in 12 hours of flight twice a year! P.S. wow the old nintendo game comercials sucked and #10 should of been #1

    • james braselton

      hi there nintendo fan you travel 12 hour trip i am a master chief and going use replicaters on pillar of autummn too make anti-matter batteries soo do not for get too buy my optional 777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777 light year anti-matter batery for nintendo 3ds or psp 2 will be out soon good thing i am from halo ring star date 14 billion unavses in the futuer and each unaverse is 14 billion light years old soo a first ufo allian battery

    • Tony

      Nowadays airplanes have power terminals around each row of seats, plus i doubt you will be staring at your DS for 12 hours straight.

    • Tony

      Nowadays airplanes have power terminals around each row of seats, plus i doubt you will be staring at your DS for 12 hours straight.


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