New Nintendo 3DS and XL ⊟
Just when you thought this week couldn’t get any wilder, Nintendo goes and reveals a new 3DS and XL model for Japan. Europe will also receive the new portables next year, according to CVG. If we get a U.S. release date, I expect it to be for 2015.
The new line also has a new stick-ish button on the right side that replaces the need for a Circle Pad Pro, a more powerful CPU, improved 3D viewing angles, Super Famicom-esque colored ABXY buttons, two additional shoulder buttons, NFC support (for Amiibos!), improved battery life (up to 6 hours on 3DS, 7 hours on XL), and HTML5 support for the built-in browser. It also now uses Micro SDs instead of SD cards. Check out the removable back!
The standard system features a 3.88-inch top screen (compared to the 3.53-inch top screen in the original 3DS), while the new XL screen is the same as the old one at 4.88 inches. Both release in Japan on October 11, alongside new charging docks. The standard edition 3DS comes in White or Black for ¥16000 ($154), while the XL in Metallic Blue or Black will go for ¥18800 ($181).
Images via Inside Games and Volotaire!
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That’s good, that’s real good. Longer battery life? A detatchable back for easy battery/micro SD card replacement? All-around 3d viewing? Sign me up.
Pass on these for me if/when they come Stateside. Better battery life and processing power are a good thing, but I fail to see why we need additional trigger buttons PLUS they moved the stylus to the front now (along with the power button). Frankly, with the power button now on the edge (and it appears to be a simple easy push button as opposed to a slider like the DS Lite had), it seems like it’d be much easier to accidentally switch it off or the like. Plus the stylus on the bottom now once again makes it more difficult to get the thing out as opposed to the DS Lite/3DS XL side (I know that’s not convenient for left-handed people, just speaking from personal experience here).
Still, much like how they unveiled the 2DS last year in conjunction with Pokémon X/Y, makes sense that they’re unveiling another new model with both Smash Bros. and Pokémon ORAS coming within that time span.
IMPORTANT PSA: The new 3DS is getting upgraded hardware to run games that cannot run on the old 3DS. What this means is that Nintendo will be publishing games that work on the new 3DS, but won’t work on older hardware.
First game of this kind they’ve announced is a remake of Xenogears Chronicles, with more presumably to follow. This means that if you want to be able to play all upcoming 3DS games, you NEED to upgrade your old system.
That said, we don’t know that the games published with this more powerful hardware will be any good, so I recommend holding off until we know more about the library coming to the new system.