Can You Play the Nintendo 3DS While It Recharges?

Nintendo 3DS Charging Cradle
Nintendo 3DS Charging Cradle. Image © Nintendo

 You can play your Nintendo 3DS while the unit is charging. This is good news for fans of the handheld, as the Nintendo 3DS's battery power is not especially lengthy.

Under normal circumstances, the Nintendo 3DS takes about 3 hours to recharge (though the time depends on how much of the battery has been depleted. If you play with your 3DS while it's recharging, it takes a little longer for the battery to fully charge.



Obviously, you can't play with the Nintendo 3DS while it's in its charging cradle.

If you'd like to extend your 3DS's battery life, there are lots of options for battery packs available at retail.