Nintendo Announces New Nintendo 3DS And Nintendo 3DS XL Models

By Mike Sousa on August 29, 2014, 7:32PM EDT

Nintedo announced today new models of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, named New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. According to Nintendo, these models will have a higher performance in comparision to the previous models, as well as a second analogue stick.

It was confirmed that the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL models will feature an upgraded CPU, which will considerably boost the handheld's performance. However, the inclusion of this upgraded CPU means that games devepoled specifically for these new models won't be compatible with existing versions of the handheld. One such game that has already been confirmed by Nintendo is Xenoblade Chronicles.

The 3D support of these models has also been improved by reducing the image distortion, which allows players to enjoy the 3D effects from a wider range of angles. Other additions of these models include a second analogue stick, a built-in NFC support, and additional ZR and ZL shoulder buttons.

The New Nintedo 3DS will be available in white and black colours. The New Nintendo 3DS XL will come in Metallic Blue and Metallic Black.

Both models are scheduled to launch in Japan on the 11th of October. Nintendo has also stated that North America and Europe won't see either of these models at least until 2015, but a reason for this release window wasn't given. "Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing," a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer. "We plan to launch these products in Europe in 2015.

"We have a variety of compelling portable gaming options for consumers now and through the Christmas shopping season, including a variety of different Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL bundles at retail. We also have a strong library of hundreds of games for these systems that appeal to all kinds of players, with titles like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire still on the way before the end of the year."

Source: Eurogamer

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