Nintendo 3DS battery has a shorter life line than DS, gets a cradle

Summary:Despite a pricing debacle, anticipation for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console is still high. But just how portable is this device if the battery life is shorter than its predecessor, the DS?

Despite a pricing debacle, anticipation for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console is still high. But just how portable is this device if the battery life is shorter than its predecessor, the DS? Spotted by Joystiq, Nintendo recently published responses from a Q&A session last week, and here is what the reps had to say about the longevity of the 3DS:

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

There weren't any specifics about just how long the battery on the 3DS will last from a full charge, nor if the cradle will be included in the box.

We should know more by late this year/early next before the Nintendo 3DS launches in Japan in February, followed by the United States and Europe in March.

Topics: Hardware

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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