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Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo 3DS
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The Coral Pink model of the Nintendo 3DS
Creator(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) Japan February 26, 2011
Europe March 25, 2011
NA March 27, 2011
Australia March 31, 2011
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The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld console created by Nintendo and released in spring of 2011. It is the successor to the Nintendo DS, and was succeeded by the Nintendo Switch Lite. It features two screens—the top screen with 3D capability, and the bottom screen being a touch screen. The first details of the new system were revealed at the E3 Conference of 2010. In fall of 2020, production for the console was discontinued after a nearly decade-long run.

So far, this console is the one to feature the most original Kirby games, with a total of seven entries.


Similarly to the Nintendo DSi, the Nintendo 3DS features a camera inside the system, albeit above the top screen. The exterior has two cameras, capable of taking three-dimensional photographs. It also has a slider, which is used to raise or lower the strength of the 3D graphics. The 3D effect can be observed without the need of special glasses or headgear through the use of a parallax barrier in front of the backlight. The system also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope.

The accelerometer is used when the system is closed for a feature called "StreetPass", where the system registers steps as the player is moving. This feature is intended both to track the player's steps and to register any players who are passing by. Other players registered via StreetPass are invited into the player's StreetPass Mii Plaza. For every 100 steps, the player can accumulate up to ten play coins each day. Play Coins can be spent in the StreetPass Mii Plaza to purchase a random puzzle piece. They can also be spent in Find Mii and Find Mii II. Additionally, there are a number of compatible 3DS games that incorporate Play Coins into the gameplay. A similar system was previously used in the game Personal Trainer: Walking, and the Pokéwalker.

The gyroscope is used as a form of motion control in games where the player tilts the Nintendo 3DS, such as Star Fox 64 3D. Incorporated into the Nintendo 3DS is preloaded software called "Face Raiders" which has the player tilting the Nintendo 3DS to shoot faces that they took using the Nintendo 3DS Camera. A similar system was previously used in the Nintendo DSi for games such as Face Training and WarioWare: Snapped!.

The console has a "Home" button, with a similar function to that of the Wii, and a digital control slider, like the Control Stick of home consoles, while retaining the "traditional" controls of the Nintendo DS series. The system is backwards-compatible with most Nintendo DS and DSi games.

Kirby games on 3DS[edit]

Cartridge games[edit]

3DS eShop downloadable titles[edit]

Virtual Console[edit]

Other games featuring Kirby characters[edit]


AR Cards[edit]

The Kirby AR Card

The Nintendo 3DS has built-in software to "read" AR cards, initiating game stages or 3-dimensional character animations. The cards included in the 3DS package feature a Question Block from the Mario series, Mario, Link, Kirby, Samus Aran, and Pikmin.

StreetPass Mii Plaza[edit]

StreetPass Mii Plaza is one of multiple software preloaded with the Nintendo 3DS, meant to incorporate the StreetPass feature. Other players met through StreetPass and Nintendo Network compatible games are introduced into the StreetPass Mii Plaza. It is possible to view several attributes about players, such as their favorite title. The music will change depending on how many players have been gathered. Included in the StreetPass Mii Plaza are minigames known as Puzzle Swap and Find Mii (StreetPass Quest in British English).

In December 2011, a system update introduced new puzzle panels, collectible hats and a sequel to the original Find Mii game, known as Find Mii II (StreetPass Quest II in British English). Find Mii II is only playable after completing the original Find Mii game twice.


The New 3DS design is compatible with amiibo, which can be scanned in by placing the base on the lower screen during certain moments in compatible games. The original 3DS is not natively compatible with amiibo, but an accessory can be bought to compensate for this.

Puzzle Swap[edit]

Puzzle Swap has the player exchanging 2 Play Coins for one puzzle piece, or obtaining one puzzle piece from another player met through StreetPass through the "Collect New Pieces" option. The puzzle pieces are added to panels representing a certain game or Nintendo series. The player starts with a single Puzzle Panel. It is normally impossible to unlock pieces for another puzzle panel without interacting with another player, however certain puzzle panels such as Kid Icarus: Uprising were available through promotions.

One of the available Puzzle Swap panels is a 5x3 piece puzzle based on Kirby. Kirby poses on a field while a Parasol Waddle Dee can be seen falling in the background. There are also puzzles themed to specific Kirby games: Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, and a puzzle dedicated to both Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe.

Find Mii[edit]

Kirby makes a cameo in the original Find Mii game as one of the collectible hats. The Kirby hat can be obtained by clearing room 7 for the first time.

Nintendo 3DS Theme[edit]

NintendoWiki has more information about this subject here.

Nintendo 3DS Themes are official custom themes for the Nintendo 3DS HOME menu, purchased on the 3DS Theme Shop.

A Nintendo 3DS Theme consists of:

  • Themed background for both the main screen and the touch screen.
  • Unique folders and icons.
  • Game-specific music and sounds on select themes.

List of Kirby series Nintendo 3DS Themes[edit]

This section is incomplete. You can help WiKirby by expanding it.
It requires: The exact date in which the "Kirby Battle Royale: May the Best Kirby Win!" theme was made available on America and Europe, and confirm if the name listed on the 3DS Theme Shop for the musical theme of that theme is the one listed here or not.
Image Theme Release Date Music General description
Craft-Paper Party.png Kirby: Craft-Paper Party JP: 14 February, 2015
EN: 27 February, 2015
"Green Greens / Peanut Plains (acoustic version)" This theme features a scrolling background on both screens, with several Kirbys, puffs of air and items (consisting of onigiris, Maxim Tomatoes, Star Blocks, Invincible Candies and the Star Rod) on the screen above, and rows of small stars, items and a Waddle Dee on the screen below, all on a brown cardboard-like background.
Stripes and a Smile Theme.png Kirby: Stripes and a Smile JP: 14 February, 2015
EN: 27 February, 2015
"Green Greens (pop version)" This theme features a static upper screen and a scrolling background on the lower screen, with a closeup of Kirby's face smiling on the screen above, and a Maxim Tomato, an Invincible Candy, an onigiri and the Star Rod against a red striped background on the screen below.
Sweet Gourmet Race Theme.png Kirby: Sweet Gourmet Race JP: 14 February, 2015
EN: 27 February, 2015
"Get up and Go-urmet! (brass band version)" This theme features a static upper screen and a scrolling background on the lower screen, with Kirby inhaling on the screen above, and several sweets on the screen below, including a Maxim Tomato and an Invincible Candy, along with a Waddle Dee, all against a light blue and white background. The music for this theme was remixed for the Kirby Star Allies Celebration Picture "Crazy Mischief in the Stars".
3DS HnK KtHSn1n Theme Upper Part.png
3DS HnK KtHSn1n Theme Bottom Part.png
星のカービィ ロボボプラネット カービィと秘書スージーの1日
(Kirby: Planet Robobot - A Day With Kirby and Secretary Susie)
JP: 18 April, 2016 "Yearning for Yellow (Vroom!)"
(theme of Resolution Road - Stage 1 from Kirby: Planet Robobot)
This theme features a scrolling background on both screens, showing with pastel artwork a day in the life of Susie on the top screen, and a day in the life of Kirby on the bottom screen. It was available as a limited-edition bonus by purchasing a download code for Kirby: Planet Robobot from 7-Eleven stores.
Robobot Armor Activate Theme.png Kirby Planet Robobot: Robobot Armor Activate! JP: 28 April, 2016
EN: 10 June, 2016
"Pink Ball Activate!"
(theme of the Robobot Armor from Kirby: Planet Robobot)
This theme features a static upper screen and a scrolling background on the lower screen, with art of Kirby in the Robobot Armor and the Halberd against a galaxy-like background on the screen above, and the Robobot Armor's several modes against a computer-like background on the screen below. Released together with the video game Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Kirby's 25th Anniversary Theme.png Kirby's 25th Anniversary JP/EN: 27 April, 2017 "Welcome to Dream Land"
(Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition title version)
This theme features a scrolling background on both screens, consisting on various official art from the events of Kirby's 25th Anniversary on both screens.
Kirby's Blowout Blast Lawson Limited Theme Theme.jpg カービィのすいこみ大作戦 ローソン限定テーマ
(Kirby's Blowout Blast Lawson Limited Theme)
JP: 3 July, 2017 "3Dアドベンチャー!カービィのすいこみ大作戦"
(3D Adventure! Kirby's Blowout Blast)
This theme features a static upper screen and a scrolling background on the lower screen, with art of Kirby shooting a Star Bullet against background resembling that of the stages of Level 4 from Kirby's Blowout Blast on the screen above, with the lower screen displaying artwork of Kirby (as super-stuffed Kirby, firing a Blaster Bullet and riding a Warp Star), a Waddle Dee, a Gordo, a Glunk, a Bronto Burt, a Scarfy and a Broom Hatter, all against a thread-like background. It was available as a bonus when purchasing a download code for Kirby's Blowout Blast at Lawson stores.
Kirby Battle Royale May the Best Kirby Win Theme.jpg Kirby Battle Royale: May the Best Kirby Win! JP: 21 November, 2017
EN: Unknown
"Kirby Battle Royale Main Theme" This theme features a scrolling background on the upper screen and a static lower screen, with several Kirbys fighting between them and King Dedede using the Kirby Printer on the screen above, and Kirby glaring over the giant cake of Dedede's Cake Royale on the screen below. It was made available as a bonus when purchasing the digital version of Kirby Battle Royale before a deadline.
Kirby Mirror Ability Theme.png Kirby Mirror Ability JP: 13 December, 2017
EN: 19 January, 2018
"Mallow Castle"
(from Kirby Super Star)
This theme features a static upper screen and a scrolling background on the lower screen, with artwork of Mirror Kirby with the Kirby: Planet Robobot hat against a background resembling the ability's projectiles on the screen above, and various artwork of Mirror Kirby with the Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby: Planet Robobot hats against a blue and pink fabric-like background featuring artwork of Sleep, Yo-Yo, UFO and Fire Kirby inside mirrors on the screen below. To celebrate Mirror winning the first Copy Ability poll for Kirby Battle Royale, this theme was made free. Distribution for it ended on March 31st, 2018 (Japan).

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