The list of Nintendo DS consoles comprised of the first DS model, the DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL models. When the original Nintendo DS consoles were discontinued the successor Nintendo 3DS series took over. There have been many redesigned and upgraded Nintendo DS consoles thereon, including the Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL models.
Here is a comparison of the three Nintendo 3DS consoles.
Before we take a look at the differences among the three Nintendo DS consoles, let us consider the similarities first.
The Nintendo 2DS, 3DS and 3DS XL models, all support Nintendo DS consoles games, have local and online multiplayer, offer downloadable games and applications, records 3D video and 3D stop motion animation, have browser to surf the internet, can take photos with built in cameras in 2D and 3D, have augmented reality compatibility, come with, SpotPass, parental controls and a series of software including AR Games™, Face Raiders™, Mii Maker™, StreetPass™ Mii Plaza™, Activity Log, Nintendo eShop3, Nintendo 3DS™ Browser3, Nintendo 3DS™ Camera and Nintendo 3DS™ Sound.
In regards to the differences, the Nintendo 2DS comes in two variants, supports 2D games while playing and 2D videos playback only. It has 4 GB included memory, a display of 3.53 inches, sleep mode function in the sleep switch, mono speakers with stereo compatibility being available when headphones are being used and it weighs about 8 ounces. The dimensions of the Nintendo 2DS is 127 mm height, 144 mm width and 20.3 mm thick.
The Nintendo 3DS comes in three variants, supports 2D and 3D games as well as 3D videos, has a memory of 2 GB, a display size of 3.53 inches, sleep mode by closing the console and a power saving mode. There are stereo speakers and it weighs about 8.1 ounces, lighter than the 2DS. The Nintendo 3DS measures about 74 mm in height, 134 mm in width and 21 mm in thickness.
The Nintendo 3DS XL comes in four variants, supports 2D and 3D games as well as 3D videos, has a memory of 4 GB, a display size of 4.88 inches (larger than the other two), sleep mode by closing the console and a power saving mode. There are stereo speakers and it weighs about 12 ounces, heavier than the 2DS and 3DS. The Nintendo 3DS measures about 93 mm in height, 156 mm in width and 22 mm in thickness, larger than the other two.
The three Nintendo DS consoles have similar designs, layout and buttons with slight changes to the aesthetics and placements of different keys and touch pads.