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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!





Features:
+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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@Zero It was about two and half years before the Game Boy Advance succeeded it. Nintendo treats the GBC as a Game Boy model and even combines its sales with the other Game Boy models.

@OrbitalBeard Do you have a source for how many games Nintendo released that were GBC-only? I'm curious of that meself.


Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 22:56:56
@Mop it up
I am an avid PC gamer.
I don't want to derail this, but I recently upgraded my graphics card. The last time I did so was around five years ago.
The only reason I upgraded was because I found a deal. Everything still worked on medium-high settings using my old card.
PC gaming isn't as complicated as it used to be.

ANYWAY, enough of that. I want this stop-gap 3DS!


Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 23:00:25
@Mop it up

You can find a list of every Nintendo published game here:CLICK

It looks like around 10 games or so required the GBC. The rest were compatible with the original GB.


Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 23:07:47
@OrbitalBeard The New 3DS has a second analogue input and two more shoulder buttons, in addition to more power and better 3D. I could see that being enough for Nintendo and other companies to release a majority of new games as New 3DS exclusives. All I'm saying is that there are indications of many possibilities and we don't yet know what will happen.

Hm, the list doesn't say which of those games are GBC-exclusives. Some of them are just re-releases of Game Boy games in colour, so if we discount those, looks like it's about a 50/50 split of GBC-exclusive and Game Boy compatible. They didn't publish that many GBC games it seems.


Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 23:16:16
It doesn't say specifically but I clicked on every link and figured out which games only worked on a GBC. It took awhile lol


Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 23:19:37  - Edited by 
 on: 08/29/14, 23:19:53
@ploot Hm, that's true, PCs have gotten a bit better in that regard. Maybe a better comparison would be phones, they come out with at least one new model a year if not two, and there are so many different brands and providers now. I have no idea how compatibility works with them, though.


Posted by 
 on: 08/29/14, 23:32:13
Oh god, why do I want one just for SNES button colors?


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 00:05:30
deathly_hallows said:
EDIT: little annoyed that they're getting rid of the full size SD card slot, I won't be able to use my 32GB card! :/

I'm not happy about that, either.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 00:18:16
@deathly_hallows

Comes out in October in Japan. Would certainly make sense to launch it alongside Smash Bros 3DS here (in a bundle ideally). It can't be that far off I imagine because Nintendo knows that once you announce a revision, people are going to hold off on buying the old one. Can't be hurting their big gun's sales during the holiday.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 01:01:34  - Edited by 
 on: 08/30/14, 01:34:24
NOE confirmed it's 2015. No word from NOA yet.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 01:47:17
It's been confirmed to be a 2015 release in the west on Nintendo's Japanese site.

Here

As for the overseas markets, our local subsidiaries will separately confirm. However, there will be no U.S. and European launches this calendar year.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 01:51:00  - Edited by 
 on: 08/30/14, 01:53:47
Man, that is stupid. I realize not everyone will be aware of this news, but you gotta think a sizable portion of potential buyers are going to hold off on getting the XL when they know a new and improved version is coming down the pipe.

As for me, looks like I'll be stuck with my broken 3DS for a while longer. Hope the X button problems don't make Smash Bros. unplayable.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 02:53:37
this is maybe the last thing i expected to be announced this morning, right up the with StarTropics Wii U and Xenoblade 3DS. Doubt i'll upgrade from my XL for one game (tempting, though), but this could be cool for people with an OG 3DS (or without a 3DS at all), i especially like the Super Famicom buttons. And the interchangeable faceplates are neat, too.

A bit annoyed at the apparent bump in horsepower, tho. Kinda making my OG XL feel inferior...


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 03:14:56
Jargon said:
Man, that is stupid. I realize not everyone will be aware of this news, but you gotta think a sizable portion of potential buyers are going to hold off on getting the XL when they know a new and improved version is coming down the pipe.

As for me, looks like I'll be stuck with my broken 3DS for a while longer. Hope the X button problems don't make Smash Bros. unplayable.

From what I remember at E3, X and Y are both jump, so you should be okay. I'm 95% sure the controls will be customizable as well.

EDIT: Yup--



Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 03:33:16  - Edited by 
 on: 08/30/14, 03:34:30
@TriforceBun

That's good, although the way in which my X is broken sometimes causes other problems. In Super Paper Mario, I couldn't even move.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 03:45:46
Eh... if it's 2015 maybe I can justify getting one. It has cool features and all but my Zelda 3DS XL is still so freakin' sweet... I don't need another 3DS at all.

I want this for the PC-wifi capability, the faceplates, and that camera nub (though I have no games that would use it yet).


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 06:41:42
With this and the faceplates and the amiibo, my wallet just ran out of the room screaming.

- I agree with the others that the microSD card thing stinks.
- That second nub, while potentially useful, hardly seems to qualify as "dual analog." I barely like the circle pad, so I can't imagine using both those things in a game regularly.
- With remove-able faceplates (I want them all!), are collector's edition systems just cooler faceplates?
- I have nothing further to add at present.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 06:47:33  - Edited by 
 on: 08/30/14, 07:14:25
@Koovaps

What's the story on the microUSB? I saw it had it but it seemed like 'in addition' not 'instead'.... what's up with that?

Yen converting puts each pack of faceplates at 10 bucks USD. I wonder how the US would sell them and how many would be available. I wonder how flush with the system they would be too especially over time.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 07:00:09
@DrFinkelstein

Not entirely certain, honestly. I need to read up a bit more, I think.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 07:16:29
@Jargon Yeah it is kind of weird to announce this now but not release it until next year. Seems like they may lose a lot of holiday sales from people waiting.


Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 07:44:40
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