The New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL, the new 3DS models that Nintendo announced recently, will be region-locked just like its predecessor, IGN reports.
When asked if Nintendo's new handheld would be region-locked, a Nintendo representitive told IGN that "the situation will be exactly the same as for the current family of Nintendo 3DS systems." Nintendo's first region-locked handheld was the Nintendo DSi, and ever since then, all following handhelds were region-locked as well.
The New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL models will feature an upgraded CPU, which will considerably boost the handheld's performance. Other additions of these models include an improved 3D support, a second analogue stick, a built-in NFC support, and additional ZR and ZL shoulder buttons.
The New Nintendo and 3DS XL will launch in Japan on the 11th of October. North American and European players will have to wait until 2015 to get their hands on either consoles.