Nintendo 3DS battery life is only 35 hours

first_imgWhen the 3DS was officially unveiled there was an extra piece of kit that Nintendo made a big deal about shipping with the handheld. It was a charging dock for your 3DS to sit in and recharge when not in use.How nice, we thought at the time, but there was a reason Nintendo decided to make charging your device as easy as possible: the battery doesn’t last anywhere near as long as a DS. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata even admitted as much back in October during a Q&A session where he stated:As for the battery, it is inevitable that Nintendo 3DS will be a device which requires more frequent recharging than Nintendo DS. This is why we are going to include the cradle, which is a dedicated battery charger. Perhaps we may need to dispatch to our consumers a message, something like, “Please place your Nintendo 3DS on the cradle as soon as you return home with it.” Nintendo has now updated its Japanese 3DS website to include a hardware page describing the different components of the system. Here’s the important bits about the battery:3DS charging time: 3 hours 30 minutesBattery life playing 3DS games: 3-5 hoursBattery life playing DS games: 5-8 hoursNintendo also state that those times are only approximate and may be shorter “depending on operating conditions”. The 8 hours upper limit stated for DS games requires the brightness of the displays be turned right down.We expected the battery life to be shorter for 3DS games due to the 3D viewing experience requiring it to dual render, and the always-connected wireless of the device for StreetPass. But for DS games with no 3D we expected a little more play time between charges.For anyone wondering what comes in the box with their 3DS, here’s the contents list also taken from the hardware page:Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS charger standAC adapter for Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS dedicated stylusSD Memory Card (2 GB)AR cards (6), reflecting the play outside the camera using the compatible softwareQuick Start GuideInstruction ManualGuaranteeRead more at Joystiqlast_img read more