Larger screens Better battery life Improved form factor 4 GB SD card included $199 for NA
PORTABLE 3D ENTERTAINMENT GOES EXTRA-LARGE WITH NEW NINTENDO 3DS XL
Larger Version of Nintendo 3DS System Launches Alongside New Super Mario Bros. 2 on Aug. 19
REDMOND, Wash., June 22, 2012 – A big year for the Nintendo 3DS system is about to get even bigger. In a Nintendo Direct video on June 21, Nintendo revealed plans to launch Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of Nintendo 3DS with 90 percent larger screens. When it becomes available across North America on Aug. 19 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, the new system will create even more immersive entertainment experiences for users, delivering a wealth of games and video content that can be enjoyed on the go.
Nintendo 3DS XL features an updated form factor and will be available in Red or Blue. The new system's battery life outperforms that of the original Nintendo 3DS, and it comes bundled with a 4 GB SD card, which owners can use to store content such as downloadable games and videos from the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo 3DS XL launches on Aug. 19, the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2, a new installment in the fan-favorite Mario game series.
"No other hand-held entertainment experience compares to the fun of Nintendo 3DS," said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. "With the launch of Nintendo 3DS XL on Aug. 19, consumers will be able to enjoy the great lineup of current and upcoming games on an even grander scale. Plus, Nintendo 3DS XL gives owners even more real estate on their screens to enjoy entertainment applications like Nintendo Video and Netflix."
I like the more rounded edges, the large screens, the better battery life, the raised select, home, and start buttons, and the full colored unit. I don't like that it is missing a second analogue. So it's a no go for me.
Everything looks WAY better. Bought on Day 1. I promise.
Who said the rumour wasn't reliable again?
So I guess we are to expect megatons at every Nintendo Direct now?
Nintendo themselves said that the rumor was crap. Which now means, they're full of crap since Nikkei was right. So this also means that we WILL see a 3DS with two analogues since Nintendo said they have no plans for it right now.
I knew the revision wouldn't have the extra circle pad.
I like how the XL appears to have a matte finish instead of the ultra glossy regular 3DS. And the Start and Select are now real buttons (placement still sucks, though). I think I'll stick with my 3DS for now since I really don't care about larger screens (they make everything look more pixelated), and I prefer a more compact system.
I'll have to try it out but it looks like at least the Start Select situation has been somewhat improved (still don't like the location though, a real pain to get to especially if you're playing an intense classic game). We'll see if the D-Pad is better.
Still, doesn't look like enough to tempt me. Once the equivalent of the 3DSi comes I'll probably be on board.
The main argument for no second analog stick is that it's not needed for most games, especially Nintendo developed ones, and it's true. It was useful in Luigi's Mansion on Gamecube, but Dark Moon is being retooled so that it's not required. Plus if they add a second stick going forward, it makes the prior 3DS design obsolete. Games should NOT be developed with the main controls scheme being dual analogue, else it would alienate non-XL owners. That would be a bad situation.
As to the 3DS XL, I find it's WAY too big, it would be great for a stay-at-home system, but I like to take my 3DS everywhere with me, and i can't imagine lugging this around. Great for those who don't care about streetpass, though.