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Yes, all Nintendo 3DS variants can play Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games.
The Nintendo 3DS family includes:
- Nintendo 3DS
- Nintendo 3DS XL (LL)
- Nintendo 2DS
- new Nintendo 3DS
- new Nintendo 3DS XL (LL)

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A 3DS will play any regular DS game apart from those that required a slot-2 accessory such as Guitar Hero.

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Q: Is new Nintendo 3DS compatible with DS lite games?
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Can the Nintendo 3DS connect with a DS lite?

Yes, the Nintendo 3DS can connect with the NDS lite, only if the game is compatible for both devices.

Can you play Nintendo 3ds games on Nintendo ds lite?

No the 3DS game cards are shaped slightly different then the Nintendo Ds. Of course if you could put the 3DS game cards in the Ds lite it would still not work because the features and intense graphics the nintendo 3DS requires for games can't be used on the Ds lite. Don't buy 3DS games for the Ds lite as it just won't work. You can consider buying a 3DS however as the 3DS is backwards compatible with all DS games.

Can Nintendo 3DS XL be played on DS lite?

3DS games cannot be played on a DS lite. You need a console from the 3DS family - 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS, New 3DS XL.

Are Nintendo 3ds games compatible with Nintendo ds?

No, only a 3DS can play 3DS games.

Is the Nintendo 3ds and Nintendo ds lite going to have the same games?


Does the Nintendo 3DS play Nintendo DS and DSiWare games?

The Nintendo DS is fully backward compatible with Nintendo DS games; however, the Nintendo 3DS does not have Slot 2, as seen on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite, so those features will not be supported. Additionally, DSiWare games will be available to download on the Nintendo 3DS after the software update in May 2011.

Can you play Ocarina of Time 3DS on DS lite?

No, the Nintendo DS lite cannot play 3DS games.

Do Nintendo ds games work on Nintendo 3ds XL?

Yes, the 3DS are backwards compatible.

What are the differences between the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DS lite?

The Nintendo DS Lite is the lighter version of the original Nintendo. It was discontinued in 2011 but is still available at retail stores. The Nintendo 3DS is the newest version offering 3D effects without the use of special glasses. Its games are backward compatible with older versions.

Does the 3ds take different games then the ds?

Yes, the Nintendo 3DS (as well as the 3DS XL and 2dS) has its own 3DS games that will not work for the Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo DSi XL.

Can the Nintendo 2ds play Nintendo 3ds games?

Yes, the Nintendo 2DS is compatible with 3DS games. However, autostereoscopic 3D will not function.

Do Nintendo ds lite games work well on the Nintendo 3ds system?