Nintendo Direct 21st June 2012 – Nintendo 3DS XL Announcement - Nintendo unveils 3DS XL with 90 percent bigger screens and extended battery life.
In the run up to and during E3 a few weeks ago Nintendo’s focus was on the Wii U. Any mention of the 3DS hardware was sidelined or dismissed, and we even had Shigeru Miyamoto state that we really shouldn’t expect a 3DS hardware refresh.
Well, guess what? Nintendo has just announced a 3DS hardware refresh.
Copying exactly what they did with the DS, we can expect to see a much larger 3DS XL (3DS LL in Japan) go on sale in the US on August 19. Japan and Europe get it earlier on July 28.
The main difference between the 3DS and 3DS XL is the size of the screens and the battery life on offer. Nintendo has increased the size of both displays by 90 percent, meaning the top 3D-capable screen is 4.88-inches, and the lower screen is 4.18-inches.
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The larger unit also means Nintendo has included a much larger battery. 3DS games should be playable for up to 6.5 hours now compared to 5 hours on the existing hardware. DS games should run for 10 hours as opposed to 8 on the 3DS.
You can pick up a 3DS today for $180, but those larger displays come at a cost. Nintendo will be asking you to part with $199.99 for a 3DS XL. In return you’ll get a choice of three colors (white, red & black, silver & black) and a 4GB SD card.
Japanese gamers won’t be getting an AC adapter with the 3DS LL. It is backwards compatible with the 3DS adapter (but not the cradle, obviously) and a new one will be offered separately. US and European gamers don’t have to worry though, as Nintendo is including a charger with the new handheld.
Even though a lot of gamers will appreciate the larger displays and extended battery life, I do feel that Nintendo has missed an opportunity here. Why did they not add a second thumbstick on the right-hand side of the XL? With an official peripheral already available adding one to the 3DS, surely it would make sense to just make it standard and allow developers to take advantage of it more readily.
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Title: Nintendo 3DS XL
Generation: Eighth generation game console
CPU: Nintendo ARM
Graphics: Digital Media Professionals PICA200 GPU
Online Services: Nintendo Network
Backward Compatibility: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Date of release: August 2012
Official Site: http://www.nintendo.com
Main Feature: 90% larger screens, 86% longer battery life
UK Price: Around £179.99
NA Price: $199.99
European and UK Release Date: July 28th
NA Release Date: August 19th
Colours: Silver (Europe only), Blue, Red
Compatible with: 3DS, DSi and DS games
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