Nintendo 3DS to only have 3 hours battery time

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We’ve made no bones about our love for the Nintendo 3DS here at Lazygamer and to a man every one of us is dying to get our hands on the end product.

However as with anything in life it can’t all be good news and there has to be some negative to bring us back to reality, but did this one have to be so bad?

Nintendo have announced today that the battery times for the Nintendo 3DS when utilising the 3D functionality will be between 3 and 5 hours… that’s not even enough to get us to Durban by car which is more than a little worrying.

Not to mention long haul flights which is the mainstay of my DS usage.

When it comes to gaming without the 3D effects the news isn’t much better with it then being able to handle a mere 5-8 hours which is worse than the current DS console. Obviously the better graphics are entirely to blame for this (that and built in WiFi) but I did expect more than 5 hours of gaming time per charge.

A charge that takes 3 1/2 hours as well, which is once again nothing to sneeze at.

To combat the negative press (sorry Nintendo) they are going to be releasing a charging station with every 3DS along with the advice to recharge it as soon as you are done. Whether you can play while it’s charging hasn’t been announced yet but if it’s a charging station I would lean towards that not being possible.

Is this enough reason to hold off on getting a first gen version of the 3DS? I’d like to say absolutely not but I have to admit I am worried…

Source: Geek.com

[Thanks to Scot for the tip]

Last Updated: January 11, 2011

Gavin Mannion

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