Thursday, December 18, 2014
Nintendo Announces 3DS XL Overnight

Nintendo Announces 3DS XL Overnight

Nintendo’s announced a new 3DS model overnight, coming with a 90 percent bigger screen (bottom and top), and is officially called 3DS LL in Japan, and 3DS XL in the west.

The top screen measures at 4.88 inches and is 90 percent bigger, while the bottom screen is also 90 percent bigger, measuring 4.16 inches.

The new console’s battery will last up to 6.5hrs, which is 1 1/2 hrs longer than the current model. The battery will last 6 to 10 hours for DS games (as compared to 5 to 8 hours for the 3DS).

In Japan, Nintendo’s releasing the 3DS XL’s adapter as a standalone item to cut costs, however in the U.S. the adapter will be included in the package.

The 3DS XL will come ready with a 4GB SD card.

As for variety, 3DS XL will come in three colors (White, Red x Black, Silver x Black) and be out in Japan on July 28th for the asking price of ¥18,900. 3DS XL will see a release July 28th in Europe and August 19th in the U.S. It’ll cost $199.99 in the latter region. No price was announced for Europe.

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  • benzo

    Not interested in a 3DS,but seems to me that this is just a cash grab. The only problem that Nintendo addressed was the battery life,and that was only a moderate improvement. Seems like a second analog stick would have been the best route to go,but alas it was ignored.

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    Agreed with you, Benzo. I don’t see the need for this, really. Maybe just a move to keep sales up, and investors happy.

  • nick

    i like it, ive always felt the 3DS is too small so its nice to see this.
    250 25th of august for us.
    however, sadly, this shows everything wrong with hardware these days!
    looks!
    come on ninty, this is a NEW product!
    so it should look better not worse!
    gone is the shiny black plastic around the top screen replaced with cheap matt plastic.
    and gone is the shiny metallic skin over the previous model again replaced with cheap matt skin.
    why do manufactures always do this!?
    its a newer product, so it should look better not worse!
    i understand there in a bit of financial trouble now and are trying to cut costs, but for the love of god this is going to lose them more money than they gain!
    its like $ony with the ps3 slim instead of phat model.
    id be first in line to get the XL model, but because of the ugly new shape, and the ugly cheaper plastic wrote this right off my purchase list!
    bring back the old design ninty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nick

    sorry forgot to mention no 2nd stick either!?
    WTF!?
    ok your trying to milk fans for the pro adapter, but come on for the love of god this is ridiculous!
    my god this has to be the most blatant cash grab in the history of the industry!

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    Yep, it is. Can’t see why you like this… It’s just a bigger screen, that’s all.

  • TheGrimOfDeath

    This is just the ways that companies drain you of money, they add small shit to new products and say it is going to be better. I mean like just bigger screens and longer battery life! The games (old ones from the original 3DS launch) will just look like crap on the new screens because they are probably going to be up-scaled to crap. Also I got my PS Vita today, played WipEout 2048. I am never ever going to regret my decision of buying the PS Vita. Ever.

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    Grim, did you buy the Vita? Grats, man!

  • nick

    thats what it needs, the device just feels too small!
    shame it looks like a cheap piece of shit!
    disappointed, why for once cant a redesign mean it has better features AND looks better?
    always has to be a catch, always!
    :(

  • TheGrimOfDeath

    Yeah Ernice I got the Vita, I got the Wi-Fi Version, WipEput 2048, a 20$ PSN card to get so small games like Super Stardust, a 32 GB memory card, an in-ear PS Vita headset, a Screen Protector a Travel Case and finally the guy gave me a free 4 GB card. Now all I need is a case for the vita in case I drop it. :D