You know what would be cooler than a Nintendo 3DS? A newer, bigger Nintendo 3DS! Wait, they already did that? Okay, how about another new, bigger Nintendo 3DS?! And make this one even faster, with a new analog pad and better battery life! That’s the “New Nintendo 3DS” and it’s coming your way, only it’s coming to Japan first. Also, there’s a “New Nintendo 3DS XL” just in case the product line isn’t confusing enough already.

The New Nintendo 3DS comes in White and Black, while the New Nintendo 3DS XL (called the LL in Japan) comes in Metallic Blue and Metallic Black. The new 3DS has colorful face buttons reworked to resemble the Super Famicon controller, while the new 3DS XL’s controls resemble a Gamecube controller. The new analog pad, which is being called the C-Stick, is directly influenced by the Gamecube’s C-Stick. Iwata says the C-Stick is closer to a button, so it’s a button called the C-Stick that’s being referred to as an analog pad. Still following along? Me neither. The C-Stick will be used in certain games to control the in-game camera, and it will be used in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. title for 3DS to unleash Smash Attacks.

The New Nintendo 3DS has a built-in function that will automatically adjust the screen brightness depending on the lighting, a battery-saving feature that can be found in other mobile devices. The 3D feature has also been improved to eliminate the blurring effect that would happen if you viewed the screen from an angle. The New Nintendo 3DS also has a NFC reader/writer in the bottom screen, so it can read Amiibo toys. It’s also got a Micro SD slot for increased storage, it will play DS games, and it’s getting a Xenoblade Chronicles port!

The New Nintendo 3DS will cost 16,000 yen ($154) and the New Nintendo 3DS XL will cost 18,800 yen ($181), and both will be available in Japan on October 11. Nintendo has confirmed that the new portable will most likely make it to Europe and North America, but it definitely won’t happen in 2014.

I love the name New Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo took the most casual gaming device and made it even more casual, so that now when less-than-savvy gamers walk into a store and ask “do you have the New Nintendo 3DS?” they will literally be saying the exact name of the product.

via Kotaku and Kotaku


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