In surprise announcement today as part of their “direct live stream,” Nintendo of Japan has announced a new redesign of its popular handheld, the 3DS. Introduced as the 3DS XL, or 3DS LL in Japan, the portable video games system features a screen that it 90% larger than the original hardware. No only that, but battery life has been significantly improved over the original 3DS.
The new 3DS LL/XL will go on sale on July 28th in Japan for 18,900 yen (approx. $235), and will come in three colors: white, red and black, and silver and black. For those gamers in the United States, they will have to wait until August 19th, and be prepared to pay a price of $199.99. The screen measurements have increased from 3.5 inches on the top screen of the original 3DS to 4.88 inches on the new 3DS XL, and the bottom screen has gone from 3 inches to a whopping 4.18 inches.
One of the major complaints about the original form of the hardware was its lack of a second analog stick. Unfortunately for many, Nintendo has not addressed this in the new 3DS redesign. However, the overall shape has been refined, with rounder corners than before, and the button placement has been slightly adjusted to accommodate the new size. Personally, I think it looks great! Can’t wait to get my hand on one come July 28th! How about you fellow game players? Like the new look and size? Let us know what you think in the comments!