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New Nintendo 3DS + New Nintendo 3DS XL
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August 29, 2014, 14:22:07
Nintendo just announced and showed off a new model of 3DS in the Japanese Direct, the...er, "New Nintendo 3DS," no less!

+Second analogue mini-stick
+ZL and ZR buttons
+Vastly improved viewing angles
+Faster e-Shop speeds
+Amiibo support
+Interchangeable faceplates

*Some upcoming games will only work on this model of 3DS, such as Xenoblade!

Oh, and some good news for ALL 3DS owners: soon we'll be enjoying brand new, customizable menu themes!

Discuss and speculate!

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Posted: 08/29/14, 14:22:07  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/14, 16:45:58    
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The CPU on the New 3DS is more powerful.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 19:47:41
Sucks that we have to wait so long for it to come out. I am pumped for this model, great to see that 3D will be alive and well for the foreseeable future. I wonder what other games will be exclusive for it, hopefully not all Wii remakes.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 20:02:01
I'd say I wish I waited for this...but the 3DS battery life is so awful that I don't blame myself for getting the XL. Now if both of these guys have even BETTER battery life???

Man I need some expendable income now I guess. Xenoblade is cool but it's such a long game, I really have no desire to play through it again - unless somehow I could transfer my save over from the Wii version and play through New Game +.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 20:02:38
Battery life on the new XL is 7hrs.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 20:24:20

It's a stronger CPU. Otherwise, it would just be a matter of adding the CPP or CPP XL.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 20:38:34
Yeah, I'm stoked that they are improving the 3D viewing... That means that they obviously still care about the tech and there's actually a good chance that the feature will carry over to the next gen handheld.

Chances are I'll be buying this and giving my current 3DS to a friend.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 20:42:16
Seems like a decent upgrade but I feel it is way too late to do this second analog and shoulder button stuff. The time for this was when the first XL came out.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 21:38:47
Another stopgap system? I don't like the sound of this one bit.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 21:39:58
@Mop it up
This isn't their first handheld iteration... You remember how many DS they released?


Yeah I rather enjoy the 3D. Babying it is what's soured me on it. Very necessary upgrade to do the tech justice finally.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 21:44:22
@Jargon Technically, they didn't add a second Circle Pad, so those people weren't wrong...

@carlosrox Yeah, I didn't like the idea of the DSi or Game Boy Color either. I prefer only increasing the specs when it's been a sufficient amount of time, and it's a sufficient, generational upgrade. One reason I prefer game systems over the PC is that I don't have to buy new hardware every year and instead can wait 5-8 years... or could. Not so sure this'll continue in the near future.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 21:55:13  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/14, 21:56:04
@Mop it up

This is the first true 3DS upgrade since the system's launch in early 2011. So, almost four years. The XL wasn't a true revision, as it only added larger screens and a slightly longer battery life.

You aren't having to buy new hardware every year. Heck, you still don't have to buy this one and you'll get 95% of the same content on your current device. Nintendo isn't going to release more than a handful of exclusive New 3DS software.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 21:59:22
@Mop it up
Same here. I'll be seriously pissed off if they go on to announce big hitters exclusively for these new in-between systems when the 3DS is as new as it is. Should they force me to buy another system just so I can play Pilotwings VS Earthbound: Fatal Frame Edition when I'm otherwise perfectly happy with my old, aqua blue 3DS I will be so disappointed.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 21:59:41
@OrbitalBeard The 3DS came out 2 years after the DSi, and we can probably expect the 3DS successor 2 years after this new model. It may not be PC bad yet, but it could be moving in that direction and it's worse than console gens have been.

Did Nintendo say how many releases will require the new hardware? I don't think anyone knows how many games will. While it's likely to be few, it could be a majority. Wouldn't surprise me.

@r_hjort Adding in Fatal Frame might make that game a bit too serious, but Pilotwings vs Earthbound? There's a crossover I never would have thought I wanted but now desperately do.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:08:19
@Mop it up

Precedent shows us that it will only be a handful of titles.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:21:00
@OrbitalBeard If precedence determined the future then the Wii U would have sold 30 million by now, Nintendo still wouldn't offer online, and my username would be Potato Chips. Things change.

EDIT: In fact, the Game Boy Color has a robust selection of titles that can't be played on the original Game Boy.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:27:16  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:29:16
The GBC also launched nine years after the original Gameboy and the vast majority of GBC-exclusive titles were form third parties. Nintendo themselves released very few titles that required the system.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:49:40  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:52:17
@OrbitalBeard Be that as it may, the point stands. The DSi also had a considerable library of exclusives with DSiWare.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:51:18
Was the Game Boy Color a stopgap type thing though? I always thought it was just the next Game Boy. Didn't it come out way later and last for years?

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:51:33  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:52:08

The GBC was an odd beast. I believe Project Atlantis's development (the GBA) was delayed, so Nintendo extended the life of the GBC. Pokemon's massive success also helped it.

It was basically a very successful stopgap that kind of became something bigger.

@Mop it up

Well sure, because it was Nintendo's first attempt at an online store for the handheld market. I'm not seeing an equivalent like that for the New 3DS, though there probably will be some exclusive digital content.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:53:50  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:57:34
Is there any clue when this will come west? Is there a Direct scheduled any time soon?

EDIT: little annoyed that they're getting rid or the full size SD card slot, I won't be able to use my 32GB card! :/

EDIT: annoyances heavily outweighed by excitement.

Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:54:42  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:56:16
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