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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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Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 07:52:51
Now that I'm actually looking at it the super tiny nub seems a bit weird. Why not just go with another slider pad thingy and give it some parity?

Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 09:24:47
Looking at it I'd say it's a space thing...

But you could easily drop the start and select to the bottom, then mirror the layout from the left onto the right. Just instead of a D-pad, you have the diamond.

Posted by 
 on: 08/30/14, 10:23:47
Would you like a Used New 3DS?

Why not move the select and start to where it is on the 3DS and XL? You know... RIGHT UNDER THE SCREEN WHERE IT MAKES SENSE! Then Nintendum could move the abyx buttons down and make the nub bigger or add actual circle pad.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 01:23:20  - Edited by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:07:17
I wonder if this is a finalized design? I guess it would have to be if it is coming out so soon in Japan. No chance for us to complain a bunch and convince Nintendo to put on a real second thumb pad thingy.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:01:00
Yeah, that little nub thing is so weird. It just looks like a button. I can't imagine it working very well.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:09:54
I feel like Moving the buttons would be too much cost for them. Right now the layout is pretty much identical to the 3DS. All they did was add the nub and change start and select. Moving the buttons down would change the shell too much and Nintendo is being lazy and wants to make more money. So, they are going to cheap out instead of making it actually good.

Edit: I bet that moving the start and select was their way of copping out. There're all like, "No, we can move the buttons down! See? Start and Select are in the way now!" Gamers be like, "Why did you move them in the first place?" The Response, " Oh? OH AHH! YOU ARE CORRECT GAMERS! BUT IT IS TOO LATE TO CHANGE NOW! SORRY! AHAHAHAHAHAH!

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:14:03  - Edited by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:19:58

God no, I hate start and select under the screen. One of the main reasons I'm looking forward to finally upgrading when this comes out.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:15:48
The Start and Select buttons are back where they belong, like they were on the DS Lite and such. They were so hard to reach and use on the normal 3DS and XL.

I just looked up some impressions of the nub and apparently it is more like a button, so I'm not so sure it will function like another slide pad.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:21:52

You have to be trolling or just... Jusus man. You hardly use those buttons. Unless you pause the game every 5 seconds, their placement does not matter. Having the nub increase in size benefits you more than the placement of the start and select buttons. If you disagree, you are just plain wrong. What I am saying is a fact not an opinion. Usually, I don't say crap like this to other people. Most people are entitled to their opinions, but you are just plain wrong if you disagree.

@Mop it up

What is wrong with you people? Are you Dwarfs? I have no problem reaching the start and select buttons with my thumbs.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:26:42  - Edited by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:29:04
@Brook Sounds perfectly and completely reasonable and logical.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:32:27
@Mop it up

Cuz this is the internet, I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or not.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 02:34:15
So, has it been confirmed if the New 3DS is compatible with games that use the Circle Pad Pro or is it just games going forward?

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 08:10:43

In the Direct I feel like it was a strong implication that this replaced that and thus games would recognize it as such, but I guess I don't know for sure.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 14:16:24
Cant wait to get my hands on the new 3DS, it was about damn time they announced the next revision. Seems like the real deal, with the analog nub and better specs. Looking forward to the new software.

Posted by 
 on: 08/31/14, 18:36:49
Jus the increased CPU and not extra RAM or anything right

Posted by 
 on: 09/02/14, 07:22:53
I think the little analog nub should function perfectly fine. 9/10 times it's only going to be for camera control anyway.

Posted by 
 on: 09/02/14, 22:35:42
DrFinkelstein said:

In the Direct I feel like it was a strong implication that this replaced that and thus games would recognize it as such, but I guess I don't know for sure.

I hope this is true. I'll leave those CPP games for when the New 3DS arrives. All I can think of right now are Resident Evil Revelations and Nano Assault EX.

Posted by 
 on: 09/04/14, 06:21:45
Any ideas on pricing?

Posted by 
 on: 09/04/14, 19:26:16

Nintendo works in mysterious ways...

I'm sure they could have put in a second pad in there if they really wanted to. Nevertheless, they will probably wait until a true next Gen system to put it in. I hope they put it in, otherwise it will be a monumental fail.

Posted by 
 on: 09/04/14, 20:12:24
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