The Nintendo 3DS is the successor to the Nintendo DS produced by Nintendo. One of the console's primary features is the 3D visual screen, which displays auto-stereoscopic images to create the illusion of depth without the need for glasses. The depth can be adjusted with a slider found to the right of the screen, or turned off completely to play games in 2D. It was released in Japan on February 26th, 2011, Europe on March 25th, 2011, the United States on March 27th, 2011, and Australia on March 31st, 2011. It costs $169.99 in North America, €169,99 in Europe and £169.99 in the United Kingdom as a result of an August 2011 price drop.

The system is currently available in seven colors: Aqua Blue, Cosmos Black, Flame Red, Ice White, Pearl (Misty) Pink, Midnight Purple and Cobalt Blue. Other colors like gold and green shown at E3 2010 have been confirmed, but have not yet been released to the public. A Misty Pink version was released in Japan on October 20, 2011, and an Ice White 3DS (bundled with Super Mario 3D Land) was released in Japan on November 3rd. Club Nintendo Japanese, European, and Australian members have available three exclusive models which are inspired by Mario, Princess Peach, and Toad. On May 11, 2012, Nintendo of Japan announced that production of the Aqua Blue color of the 3DS will end soon. These models continue to be sold in America. A Luigi themed 3DS XL was released in Japan as part of the Year of Luigi.

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