The 3DS Battery May Be Shorter Than You’d Hoped

ShineyWhile everyone may still be debating the 3DS’ arguably premium price, it seems the battery life may not be so good on Nintendo’s newest handheld. Although no concrete details can be confirmed considering the device has yet to see a release, a recent comment made by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata all but confirms the device’s limited charge.

“As for the battery, it is inevitable that Nintendo 3DS will be a device which requires more frequent recharging than Nintendo DS” Iwata said during a recent Q&A session with investors. “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’.”

Personally, I can’t imagine a Nintendo handheld with an awful battery life.  However, considering how all previous Nintendo handhelds have been under-powered battery savers, I suppose it’s no surprise that the 3DS’ fancy new graphics card might be the culprit.  Either way, any potential 3DS owners might heed Iwata’s words and start their ritualistic charging sooner, rather than later.

Source: Kotaku

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  • Not really surprising, considering. But if it’s something you plan to use often, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue to charge it daily alongside your cellphone (for example), especially if it has the cradle. Though, would the cradle let you play games at the same time somehow? Being able to do so (or including a normal wired charger) would probably be more convient for Western players.

  • Charles Stirens (clstirens)

    As far as I’ve heard, the 3DS ships with both the AC adapter, and the cradle.

    Although I’m just speculating about this, I’m assuming that means the AC adapter plugs into the cradle. Allowing you to have a more…playable charging experience.

    • Ah, ok, good (about the AC adapter). Thanks! 🙂