What Happens If You Microwave the Nintendo 3DS?

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You've seen the hands-on videos, you've read the game reviews, so why is it that no one's thought to put the Nintendo 3DS in a microwave and tap "add 30 seconds"?

Wonder no more. This enterprising user plucked his 3DS out of a box wearing rubber gloves, dropped it in a microwave, and set the timer to 99 minutes, 96 seconds. (Is 99:96 some kind of special code to activate a "stupid human tricks" sleeper cell?)

"DO NOT attempt," reads the disclaimer. As if we needed telling.

Watching a brand new $250 3DS screech and howl and billow clouds of smoke before bursting into flames really is as painful to watch as it sounds. Also: Eminently clickable. Because a video titled "Donating My New Nintendo 3DS To Charity Right Out Of The Box" would probably creep by completely unnoticed.

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At a Glance
  • Though it's uglier and trickier to get the hang of than its predecessors, the 3DS manages to be a unique gaming machine that Nintendo fans will want.


    • Clever and intrepid social networking features
    • Dual cameras can capture 3D pictures and video
    • Portable 3D without special glasses


    • Narrow "sweet spot" viewing field for 3D effect
    • Low 0.3-megapixel cameras
    • Only 5 hours battery life playing 3DS games
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