Nintendo Announces 3DS XL

Nintendo has announced a remodeled 3DS dubbed the 3DS XL (3DS LL in Japan). Of note is that the redesign is bigger over all to accommodate the larger screens; the top screen measures 4.88 inches while the touchscreen measures 4.18 inches. The handheld will come with an AC adapter when it’s launched in North America, but this won’t be the case in Japan and Europe. Also set for inclusion with the redesign is a 4GB SD card and slightly longer battery life.

The 3DS XL is set for release in North America on August 19 at a price of $199.99. Japan and Europe will see the release of the handheld on July 28 and sell for ¥18,900. No price for Europe was given. The release of the 3DS XL will coincide with those of two games that will take advantage of the larger screens: New Art Academy and Freakyforms Deluxe Your Creations, Alive!

Analysis: No word was given on whether or not the 3DS XL would be sold alongside the original model, but given the track record of its predecessor, I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo to do just that. Whether or not customers trade in their 3DS systems for the redesigned version will be up to the individual, though I honestly can’t tell if this will sell well. After all, the sales of the DSi and DSi XL models still reached the millions despite the upgrades they provided being seen as minor and that they were being sold at the same time as the DS Lite. This remodeled 3DS could very well see the same fate.

However, I don’t foresee this replacing the original 3DS. It’ll just be another option for those who haven’t purchased either iteration of the handheld yet.


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