Nintendo Announces Bigger Nintendo 3DS
Announced via the Nintendo Direct livestream this evening was the hardware announcement many have been calling for – a bigger Nintendo 3DS.
Entitled the Nintendo 3DS LL, the new model has 90% bigger screens than the current generation, and comes in three colors: white, silver, and black. Also of note, there is no second analog stick as predicted. Sorry folks with two thumbs and a thirst for more tactile control, you’re SOL.
The new system will boast improved battery life, as it claims to manage between 3.5 and 6.5 hours while playing 3DS games (a little bit more than the current 3DS’s 3-5 hours) and somewhere between 6 and 10 hours while playing old DS games (somewhere in the ballpark of 5-8 hours for the current model). The 3DS XL’s battery will take around 3.5 hours to charge.
In an extremely odd move by Nintendo though, the 3DS LL won’t come packaged with an AC Adapter/Charger, as Nintendo is attempting to keep the price down. Chargers will be sold separately, but it should be noted that current model chargers will be completely compatible as well.
The 3DS LL will be available in Japan on July 28, 2012.
For North America
The system (officially titled the Nintendo 3DS XL as predicted) will be made available in North America on August 19, 2012, the same day that New Super Mario Bros. 2 launches in stores, and will officially cost $199.99–less than the original 3DS retailed for when it was released last year, and noticeably more costly than it is now.
The new system will boast improved battery life just like the Japanese model. In fact, it’s pretty much exactly similar, lack of second analog stick and all.
Unlike the Japanese version, however, the North American version actually comes with an AC adapter packaged in. This is America, we’re not about saving money.
Blue and Red will be your system color options when the 3DS XL launches this August, with Europeans also getting a silver alternative if they so desire.