The Bad News About the Nintendo 3DS's Battery Life

Friday, Oct 8, 2010  |  Updated 4:21 PM PDT
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The Bad News About the Nintendo 3DS's Battery Life

The Nintendo 3DS has a battery problem.

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So just the other day we gave you the "good" news about Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld: it has a solid release date (though you'll be waiting a while). Sadly, we've now got some bad news. Turns out 3D tech can be a real energy hog.

The news that the 3DS could enjoy a shorter battery life than current DS systems came from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who brought up the issue during an investor Q&A.

"As for the battery, it is inevitable that Nintendo 3DS will be a device which requires more frequent recharging than Nintendo DS," Iwata is quoted as saying. "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'."

Well, if Nintendo is going to toss in a cradle for the $300 the company's asking, then maybe it won't be so bad. It's a bit of a bummer, though. Part of the joy of the DS is that, like the Kindle or, say, an iPod Nano, it really doesn't need to be charged all that often. Battery life: another casualty claimed by the 3D revolution.

Kotaku, via Electronista

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