The 3DS' Battery Won't Last As Long As The DS'

While Nintendo is yet to release concrete figures on the battery usage of the 3DS - not that you can ever trust official figures - company president Satoru Iwata has hinted that it won't last as long as the DS.

"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'."

That first sentence is the key: it means you won't get the same battery mileage from the 3DS you do from a DS. It's not a surprise, of course; extra horsepower and 3D capabilities will drain a battery faster than a DS game would, and packing one in that could withstand a lot of 3D play would have driven the cost of the handheld to a point Nintendo normally doesn't sell hardware.

Still, it's interesting to see Nintendo take a backwards step on battery life, since it's normally been such a concern for the company's handhelds.


    Could of added some small solar panels to it. Like calculators have.

      Or perhaps 3rd party manufacturers can make 'external' batteries that interface like the cradle.

      That's actually a *really* interesting idea, but calculators are (presumably) a lot less powerful than a 3DS. But still, interesting idea.

      Absolutely. However I think they would rather make more money selling replacement/improved batteries.

      I'd love to see some solar panels though.

      That's the difference between a calculator and a 3D gaming console. Artificial solar cells are pathetic at the moment and you would need a really big cell with loads of surface area and constant sun for an extended period of time.

      Unless you're on Mars, little solar panels won't work. Not to mention the angle they'd need to be on would mean you're playing on your back.

      That's actually a kinda nice idea, though I'm sure there's a reason it wouldn't work.

      Calculators require very little electricity and solar panels generate very little electricity.

      The kind of power that a small, LCD pocket calculator uses is miniscule in comparison to a modern handheld. Those little solar panels wouldn't do a thing. Putting on better panels would work I guess, but again... too expensive.

    Not to big of a concern for me, as ironically, a majority of my DS play is done at home, with only very short bursts done outside the home (maybe 20 minutes here when waiting for a friend, a half hour on the train).

    The only time I can see this being an issues is on long flights, but then again I don't have them that often!

    It's all good, as long as you can get 5 - 6 hours battery life.

    My handhelds tend to get played 99% of the time at home, so battery power isn't a big issue for me. Kind of negates the point of being a handheld, but oh well. ^^

    To be honest I'm not really that concerned about this. I rarely ever play my current DS 'on-the-go', so I never really need to worry about my battery dying while I'm out of the house.

    I am genuinely perplexed as to our ability to advance in every other piece of technological science...except for batteries.

    Millions spent on turning our phones into miniature pcs and we can't run them for more than a day? Disgraceful.

    Or just put a better battery in

    Is this in comparison with the DSi and Lite or the original DS? Because the Original DS was pretty short compared to the later redesigns.

    I hate cradle, because it's bulky... no good for travelling

    sigh, sounds like an excuse to make a 3ds lite...

    Ok such a small solar panel won't do any good while playing, but it'd be something while not playing. Even if very slowly.

    How bout a turning handle like on self recharging flashlights. Could be integrated into a lame cake mixing game.

    Hopefully it'd be able to recharge via USB. Since theres cigarette lighter to USB & wallsocket to USB adaptors around.

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