Nintendo 3DS: Battery Life 3 To 5 Hours – Are You Impressed?

For anyone unaware, the Nintendo 3DS is going to be the worlds first major handheld glasses-free 3D games console. We have already reported on its expected release date being January 19th and how there is an advisory that has been posted for users, especially those under the age of 6.

Now we are hearing reports that the Nintendo 3DS battery life will last between 3 – 5 hours, but we want to know if you are impressed. Is that enough battery life for you, the average consumer? Let’s give you a comparison to a previous model. The DSL XL, which also had an increased screen size, lasted an incredible 13 – 17 hours.

The 3 to 5 hours is for when you are playing 3DS software and then you get 5-8 hours when running a normal DS title. Ross Miller over at Engadget doesn’t seem too impressed, but what is the reason for the shoddy usage time?

When you think about it, it is in fact running 3 displays; the dual rendering required for the 3D experience is in face 2 screens, 1 in front of the other. You can read further information over at joystiq.com where JC Fletcher has written an article, they have sourced the Nintendo JP site so these are official figures.

What do you think of the figures? Will you still be getting the 3DS? Let us know in the comments below.

  • shadownin

    Considering that the battery for the 3DS is better then the one for the DSi and DS games on the 3DS will run from 5 to 8 hours It would be impossible for that to be the lowest brightness setting considering the lowest brightness setting on the DSi runs from 9 to 14 hours and I don't see why DS games would use up more power on the 3DS then they did on the DS. You also have to consider that Nintendo said that the battery of the 3DS will be close to the DSi whose battery length on the max brightness is 3 to 4 hours which is close to the 3 to 5 hour stated for the 3DS. If 3 to 5 hours really was the lowest brightness setting considering that the DSi had 5 brightness levels the highest brightness setting would be close to zero and that would be ridiculous or the 3DS only has one brightness setting like the original DS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1804804536 Victor Augusto

      Yeah. ur right.

      i guess we have some wrong info there…

      1300mAh battery ??? wtf this is a lot, even considering the nintendo 3d mega capabilities @_@

      I guess we will have to wait …