All About The Nintendo DS, 2DS, 3DS & Games


After 15 years of success with the GameBoy line, it was time to move on to something new. The Nintendo DS system was released at the end of 2004 and showed all Nintendo fans a new level of portable gaming.

The DS was released in four different versions during its life. The models were: The Original DS, The DS Lite, The DSi, and DS XL.

The entire DS line featured dual screens and WiFi access capabilities. One screen was on the top and the other was on the bottom. The bottom screen also had touchscreen functionality. It was a huge leap forward from the GameBoy line.

One big advantage of the later DS models was that they were significantly lighter than the original DS. The later models also had better brightness controls for the screens. Plus, the DSi got upgraded with two cameras, instead of just one. The DS XL got a major upgrade by having larger screens in it.

The all-time best-selling game was Super Mario Bros for the DS! Not a surprise, Mario is awesome. By the end of 2014, the regular DS product line came to an end with about 18 million units sold.

Nintendo 3DS

The 3DS came out in 2011 and was a huge upgrade over the DS. It had faster hardware and the capability of displaying stereoscopic 3D graphics without the use of 3D glasses.

There’s also an XL version of the 3DS that has a bigger screen. Overall, Nintendo sold over 66 million units of both the 3DS and 3DS XL.

If you’re a Zelda fan, you’ll love the Zelda collector editions for the 3DS and 3DS XL. The 3DS was themed for “Zelda: Ocarina of Time”, while the 3DS XL was themed for “Zelda: A Link Between Worlds“. The latest 3DS XL bundle was “Zelda: Majora’s Mask Limited Edition“. All of these are highly sought after collectibles and available to buy on eBay or Craigslist.

The 3DS really utilized Nintendo’s eShop for buying digital video games. You could purchase both new and retro games. You could also download augmented reality games using the digital cameras that came with the unit.

It had full WiFi access and an internet browser built in too. But the Internet browsing was not very practical in my opinion.

Let’s not forget about the 2DS

There’s a stripped-down version of the 3DS called the 2DS that is also available. It has no 3D capability which is fine for lots of people. Many people don’t like the 3D graphics and turn them off when playing the 3DS; I was one of those people.

Overall, I really enjoyed playing all the Zelda and Mario games available on the 3DS. I did not play any 3rd party games except for Sonic the Hedgehog. I recently sold my 3DS XL; my Nintendo Switch is its replacement.

Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo DS

Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo 2DS

Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo 3DS

Link to my entire Nintendo guide: Scotty’s Kick-Ass Nintendo Guide

Nintendo DS and 3DS Online Videos

Here’s a cool Nintendo DS Commerical from the United Kingdom.

Here’s a cool Nintendo 3DS Commercial.

Nintendo DS, 2DS & 3DS Game List

Complete List of Nintendo DS Games from Wikipedia

Complete List of Nintendo 3DS Games from Wikipedia

The Nintendo DS games I find the most fun to collect are:

  • Advance Wars Dual Strike
  • Animal Crossing Wild World
  • Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island
  • Avalon Code
  • Black Sigil Blade of the Exiled
  • Brain Age 1 & 2
  • Chrono Trigger DS
  • Commando: Steel Disaster
  • Contra 4
  • Dokapon Journey
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
  • Dragon Quest V Hand of the Heavenly Bride
  • Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
  • Final Fantasy 3 & 4
  • Final Fantasy Tactics A2
  • Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
  • Inuyasha Secret of the Divine Jewel
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
  • Kirby Super Star Ultra
  • Konami Classics Arcade Hits
  • LEGO Star Wars Complete Saga
  • Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
  • Mario and Luigi Partners in Time
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Mario Party DS
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem
  • Mega Man Star Force: Dragon
  • Metallic Silver Nintendo DS Lite
  • Metroid Prime Hunters
  • Monster Rancher DS
  • Namco Museum/Pac-man World 3 Bundle
  • New Super Mario Bros
  • Pokemon Black & Version 2
  • Pokemon Conquest & Diamond & Pearl & Platinum
  • Pokemon HeartGold Version
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky
  • Pokemon Not For Resale Celebi
  • Pokemon Ranger
  • Pokemon SoulSilver Version
  • Pokemon White & Version 2
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Red Mario Nintendo DS Lite Limited Edition
  • Red Nintendo DS Mario Kart Limited Edition
  • Retro Game Challenge
  • River City Soccer Hooligans
  • Sands of Destruction
  • Shepherd’s Crossing 2
  • Solatorobo: Red The Hunter
  • Sonic Classic Collection
  • Super Mario 64 DS
  • Super Princess Peach
  • The Dark Spire
  • Yoshi’s Island DS
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011: Over The Nexus
  • Zelda Phantom Hourglass
  • Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • Zelda: Twilight Princess Demo

The Nintendo 2DS & 3DS games I find the most fun to collect are:

  • 7th Dragon III Code VFD
  • Adventure Time: Hey Ice King Collector’s Edition
  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack
  • Bravely Default & Collector’s Edition
  • Bravely Second: End Layer Collector’s Edition
  • Castlevania: Mirror Of Fate
  • Cave Story 3D
  • Code of Princess
  • Cooking Mama Sweet Shop
  • Corpse Party: Back to School Edition
  • Cubic Ninja
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight
  • Ever Oasis
  • Fantasy Life
  • Final Fantasy Explorers Collector’s Edition
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition
  • Fire Emblem Fates Birthright
  • Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Limited Edition
  • Horses 3D
  • Kid Icarus Uprising
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance Limited Edition
  • Kirby Planet Robobot
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe
  • Legend of Legacy
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
  • Madden NFL Football
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Mario and Luigi: Dream Team
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Mario Party: Island Tour
  • Mario Sports Superstars
  • Mario Tennis Open
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection Collector’s Edition
  • Monster Hunter 3 & 4 Ultimate
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Collector’s Edition
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Wild Cards Premium Edition
  • PilotWings Resort
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokemon Art Academy
  • Pokemon Moon
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack
  • Pokemon Rumble Blast
  • Pokemon X & Y
  • Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World amiibo Bundle
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
  • Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Project X Zone
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Rhythm Thief & The Emperors Treasure
  • Rune Factory 4
  • Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Double D Edition
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV Limited Edition
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Stella Glow
  • Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
  • Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
  • Tales of the Abyss
  • Tekken 3DS Prime Edition
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Collector’s Edition
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
  • Yoshi’s New Island
  • Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS
  • Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
  • Zero Time Dilemma