AR Cards are specially made cards for the Nintendo 3DS that allow the player to play augmented reality games with the AR Games application. With them, the player uses the outer cameras to point them to one of the AR Cards to play games that are virtually shown on the screen in the location the AR Card is, like a table. Six cards come packaged with every Nintendo 3DS unit, the first being a question mark AR card, while the other five featuring a Nintendo character.
List of games
The following are a list of games (excluding the preinstalled AR Games) that make use of the AR Cards and what each one does.
Nintendogs + Cats - In this game, players can see their puppy or kitten by placing an AR Card on the table. The pet walks around but doesn't do much beyond that. If the gamer places a Nintendo character AR card on the table, the pet will appear donning a symbol of that character. For example, if the player puts the Mario card on the table, the pet will appear with Mario's hat. The total list of characters is listed below:
Tetris Axis- This game has two AR modes (AR Marathon and AR Tower Climber) that play like the original, except for that it is on the AR card.
Kid Icarus Uprising - There are over 400 cards of characters, enemies and weapons to collect. Each copy of the game comes bundled with six randomly chosen cards out of a possible twenty. Other cards are available through special offers such as Club Nintendo or packaged with other products such as magazines like Game Informer and Nintendo Power. When the 3DS's cameras are pointed at a card, a character model springs to life on the screen. Up to three cards can be displayed on the screen at any one time. Players can then take pictures of the characters. If two cards are pointed at one another, the characters will battle. Kid Icarus: Uprising has the most AR Card uses of all 3ds games.