New 3DS XL hitting North America this August

Supersize 3DS model coming to North America August 19 for $200; both 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. to be developed by Namco Bandai; more 3DS games announced. UPDATE: European release confirmed for July 28.

Nintendo has announced a new 3DS model--the 3DS XL--for release in North America this August. The new 3DS system will feature larger screens, a bigger body, and longer battery life. The announcement was made during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast.

The 3DS XL: bigger and better.

The body of the new 3DS will be 46 percent larger, measuring 93x156x22mm, and will feature 90 percent larger screens. The system's battery life will also be longer than its predecessor, with the device lasting between 3.5 to 6.5 hours, while running 3DS software. If the device is running DS games, Nintendo announced that it will run 6 to 10 hours.

The 3DS XL will be released in Japan on July 28, this year, in white, red and black, and silver and black colour variants. The North American version will be out on August 19 and will come in blue and red colour variants. The 3DS XL will also come with a bigger SD card.

Players will pay 18,900 yen ($235) for the device in Japan; North American gamers will pay $199.99 for the new console.

The Japanese release date coincides with the release of 3DS titles New Super Mario Bros. 2 and 5 Minute Oni Training, a new Brain Age title. Both of these titles will be sold at retail stores, and also in downloadable form via Nintendo's eShop.

Nintendo also announced that both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. sequel will be developed by Namco Bandai Games. While Kid Icarus: Uprising developer Masahiro Sakurai will be helming the project, Namco Bandai producer Masaya Kobayashi (Ridge Racer series) and director Yoshito Higuchi (Tales series) will be involved as producer and director, respectively.

More of the 3DS XL.

Nintendo also detailed the Kirby Memorial compilation. The collection contains six Kirby games from the series, a motto challenge mode containing stages from the most recent Kirby title on the Wii, and a Kirby History mode, which contains movies and anime tie-ins from the series. The collection will be out on July 19 in Japan.

New titles introduced for the first time include a soccer game called Pocket Soccer League Calciobit for the 3DS. The game features online support and will be out on July 12 in Japan. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2 by Tecmo Koei was also announced and will retain the same core action from past Samurai Warriors games. That game will be out on September 13 in Japan.

Namco Bandai also announced a new 3DS RPG called Lost Heroes. The game is billed as a classic dungeon crawler akin to Etrian Odyssey and features characters from the Kamen Rider series. It will be out on September 6 in Japan.

Lollipop Chainsaw publishers Kadokawa Games announced a new music rhythm game for the 3DS, called AKB48+ME. The game features the songs of J-pop group AKB48 and a "live mode," where players can use Miis in tune to the aforementioned songs. The title will be out this fall in Japan.

Nintendo also announced an eShop exclusive called Gyouretsu Nageloop. The puzzle game has players knocking people out of a queue by throwing a person of a particular colour onto a group of three to four people matching that colour. The game will be out this summer in Japan.

Other highlights include gameplay footage from previously announced 3DS titles, with Japanese release dates including Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Soul Hackers (August 30), Square Enix RPG Bravely Default (2012), Project X Zone (2012), Lost Planet spin-off E.X. Troopers (2012), and Animal Crossing (fall 2012).

UPDATE: Nintendo has since confirmed that it will be released three weeks earlier in Europe; it is coming to the region on July 28. Pricing for the UK and the Eurozone is yet to be confirmed.

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regix416_basic
regix416_basic

So let me be sure about this, OUR 3DS XL WILL have the AC adapter?  So is it going to be $175 or is it going to be $200?  I want to have everything clear before it's release date.

Nuoi
Nuoi

How are the screens 90% larger?

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

update: there going to be a circle pad pro for the 3ds xl. just to keep a point.

Jopie_venom
Jopie_venom

:-) I knew it!

When they announced in the past that there would come a 3ds I said on the forum of gamespot that I would wait for a 3dsi xl.

Most people called me insane and that it would never come...

Even Nintendo said it!  OK the 3dsi xl is a 3ds xl but it still is comming.

I have had my experience with Nintendo. 

Im also gonna wait with the wiiU for the....!? who knows? :-)

Autony
Autony

Oh, this doesn't look too good. Why did they not add another circle pad? I would have totally bought it if they did. So I rather stick to the original 3DS, althought the prolonged battery life would be fantastic. It looks sleek as well too many pros and  cons to list on this one.

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

I'll buy an XL if they announce that Resident Evil with Claire they were talking about

slickforia
slickforia

An answer from Nintendo of America INC,. i send few days ago, i'll post the answer only, for the questions related to the 2nd analog and the screen resolution.

 

"

Hello,

 

On behalf of Nintendo, I wanted to tell you how much we appreciate your taking the time to share your comments about the 3DS XL. I also want to apologize for the delay in my response and assure you that your opinions are very important to us.

 

I understand your interest in the screen resolution of the 3DS XL. Like the Nintendo DSi XL was to the Nintendo DSi, the Nintendo 3DS XL makes the experience of using a Nintendo 3DS even more immersive with 90% larger screens. It was not our intention to develop an entirely new experience. The individual pixels on the 3DS XL will certainly appear larger, but the visuals are highly detailed.

 

I will be happy to forward your feedback about the ergonomic design and circle pad functions of the 3DS and 3DS XL. As for the Circle Pad Pro accessory for the 3DS XL, at this time it has not been announced for release. More importantly, we do not have any information that tells us if it will or won't be announced, but I will pass along your comments to the departments which make those decisions.  

 

I appreciate your having taken the time to share your thoughts and hope you continue to enjoy our products in the future.

 

For future reference, our website (www.nintendo.com) represents the best place to find the most accurate information on our products.  

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Nintendo of America Inc. Sonja Browning"

eastley000
eastley000

I think we all knew it was coming at some point. I mean if Nintendo released 4 versions of the DS, and it went off to become the best selling handheld, and rivals the PS2 as all-time best selling console, why would they not do it again? I do think we won't see upgrades on the level we did with the DS though (like the DSi gaining large features like downloadable games and cameras). I'm personally happy with my regular sized 3DS. And also if the amount of games using the circle pad pro are little to none, then there is really no reason for Nintendo to include it into it's 3DS XL (also it would probably make the system a bit bulkier and pricier). Also i would feel bad as an original 3DS owner if the next iteration a year later featured the Circle Pad pro built in.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

LMAO.Okay so they tell the world they aren't working on a new model of the 3DS and say a next gen handheld is in the works.

 

The only reason they said that was because they already made it a long time ago and was just looking for when to rope in those gullible people for more money.Looks like the plan worked.

 

But STILL no second analog, sorry no buy from me.And also go to hell Nintendo for lying and manipulating your fans on this.

 

You only said the crap you did to get people to rush in and buy the 3ds so that they feel they have to buy this one when it comes out.Typical nintendo move.

 

I expect within the next couple weeks to hear of a new version of the analog attachment too.Nintendo won't be happy with you just buying a new 3DS.Gotta milk you on attachments.

Sundaze
Sundaze

People complaining about size? I'm just glad I won't get hand-cramps from using this system...

brgreen
brgreen

Wondering what type of trade-in deals gamestop will have for the original 3DS models.....LOL

Jpleblancfinal
Jpleblancfinal

$199.99 is 90% more expensive with the regular being $169.99?

really....... 

90% more expensive is $322.98 not $199.99.

killjoy188
killjoy188

I was holding out for the second analog stick. Guess I will break down and buy the original 3DS.

Takeno456
Takeno456

I am actually really excited for this. I was waiting for a better 3DS because I new one was going to arrive some day. I will admit defeat in the fact that continuing to hold out for the rumored two stick 3DS won't happen. However this new DS will be a good addition for me.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Good lord! It looks like a laptop! I think I'll stick with my handheld 3DS,thank you.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Maybe I'll just be better off getting a Nyko battery pack and a normal 3DS,  At least then I'll be able to hold the darn thing!  ~_^

bochog3
bochog3

Yess i need that, i have big hands , women love me, but not my 3ds

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

why didnt they move the d-pad with the anolog stick and added the second one under the abxy pad like that they wont have to sell the extra anolog stick making the 3ds xl even bigger

darkfiercelink
darkfiercelink

Instead of releasing a new 3ds they should work on releasing more games for the current 3ds

Andrew_794
Andrew_794

Sooo is there going to be an ambassador program for people who bought the original 3DS AFTER the price drop but BEFORE they released the XL? I would love to have Kirbys Dreamland 2  but Nintendo just doesn't want my money.Seriously though, I'm expecting free games or something.  

craigprime
craigprime

One of my friends told me he wouldn't get 3DS until they released an XL version. This was over a year ago. Then again, who DIDN'T  see this coming?

Note:No extra circle-pad? I'm pretty sure that the Circle Pad-Pro wont fit on the XL. Personally, I don't care how big it is as long as it can fit in my pocket.

TimboII
TimboII

I thought it was a no brainer that a new 3DS model would come built with a second analog stick....oh Nintendo, sometimes you dissapoint me so much. Maybe they're saving it for the Nintendo 3DSi

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

I'm conflicted. It looks less jagged, which is good, but it looks way too big to hold.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

i actually love the size of the original...The images look nice on the smaller screen...Can't imagine them getting stretched out to fit that screen...

hadlee73
hadlee73

I am a little surprised that they didn't try to fit the functionality of the circle pad pro into the actual 3DSxl, so that games that support the CPP could use the second stick without having to purchase another circle pad pro specifically for the 3DSxl. They could have even considered molding the base of the 3DSxl to fit the hands better, like the circle pad pro does.

jw2112j
jw2112j

Yes! Finally, XL! Never gonna squint at my regular 3DS again! Wish I would've waited though.

XxppxX3
XxppxX3

i think we should wait till nintendo announce the next 3d XXL with a second pad,!!!!!

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

I want the white 3ds xl so bad but is only two colors blue and red in us.

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

This is sorta what I've been waiting for...that and more RPGs.  I've held off on the 3ds this long, I can wait till next year when the price drops.

 

People should have a pattern figured out for Nintendo by now, they make stuff...buy what you want.

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

If Nintendo had added a second pad the sales of the 3ds would of dropped off alot. The point of releasing the 3ds xl is not to compete against the 3ds but to be appealling to a bigger demographic of gamers. Yes it's about money and lots of people including myself prefer larger screens.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

Wow, that thing is so...ugly

I'd rather get the original

InnocentPeach
InnocentPeach

That is some big-ass thing. I hate how Nintendo always make a bigger version of their previous console! I have a 3DS and I find it to be the perfect size, I don't see why they have to do this - always about the money.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

 @MadGamer132 There's no real reason for it... Other than it will make Kid Icarus play a helluva lot easier for lefties.  (And a lot of other games too for that matter.)

rarson
rarson

 @slickforia

 

I don't think Nintendo is planning on seriously supporting the second circle pad. From what I gathered, even the Metal Gear game played fine without it. Since the majority of 3DS games already released don't take advantage of it, Nintendo probably doesn't want to fracture its user base by including it in the XL (nor do they want to add to the cost, I'm sure), forcing current 3DS owners to buy the cumbersome add-on if they want to enjoy newer games which would be more likely to support it if it became standard on the newer version.

 

The resolution issue is a moot point. Increasing the number of pixels isn't going to do anything to enhance image quality since the games will still be rendered at the same resolution (they have to be, the hardware is the same and the current 3DS is physically limited to that resolution).

TellsItLikeItIs
TellsItLikeItIs

 @Andrew_794

 Dude, nobody held a gun to your head and forced you to buy a 3DS. You're just mad that you couldn't hold out to see if there would be a larger screen version. If the screen size wasn't sufficient for you, you shouldn't have bought a 3DS in the first place. If you paid more attention, you would have realized that when the DSi came out, a larger version (the DSi XL) came out not long after. You people are pathetic! Always wanting something for nothing. Nintendo didn't have to give people free games because they lowered the 3DS' price but they did it to be nice. I was smart and held out and bought a DSi XL because I wasn't satisfied with the smaller screen of the DSi. And no, I don't feel like Nintendo owes me any free games or anything for that matter. I was fully aware that a larger, more powerful, cheaper sytem could come out at any time. Let me guess, you probably bought a Nintendo Gamecube and feel like you should get some free games or a rebate because Nintendo came out with a Wii. You sound like the type of person who is on welfare. LOSER!!!     

craigprime
craigprime

 @Andrew_794 Um, no, as the 3DS XL is a completely optional purchase that's more expensive then the 3DS. If you bought the 3DS before the XL was announced, good for you, you saved 50 bucks. The price cut was completely different, Nintendo was trying to both compensate and reward people that paid nearly 100 bucks more for something exactly the same.

rarson
rarson

 @craigprime

 

I've got a phone that plays games and fits in my pocket (and makes phone calls, too). Do people still carry portables in their pockets anymore?

 

My biggest problem with the 3DS is that it's cramped, because it's designed to be arbitrarily small. If console manufacturers want to continue competing with the casual-gaming subsidized phone market (not to mention tablets), then they need to capitalize on the advantages of owning a portable game system (controls, ergonmics, screen size) by making them larger. The 3DS XL demonstrates to me that Nintendo understands this. I definitely think it's a step in the right direction.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

 @slickforia the idea of having the xl with the second anolog stick looks ridiculous im keeping my 3ds with the circle pad pro instead of buying the new one

Butsutekkai38
Butsutekkai38

 @digitaltiger Hmm, I had not thought about it that way. That is definitely a very logical line of reasoning.

 

Nevertheless, however, I think I will wait a while longer to buy the 3DS--maybe until E3 2013, or when more info is disclosed about the "3DS successor" Miyamoto said they were focusing on. If I do decide to buy the 3DS, I think I will settle for the original since it will be cheaper, and because I find it much easier on the eyes than the XL.

me_da_do
me_da_do

 @InnocentPeach 

For me the 3DS is not the perfect size because I'm 46 and my eyes are not as good as they used to be. I like that Nintendo listened to us gamers who wanted a bigger screened 3DS XL. Nintendo is  giving us a choice. Some people will be happier with the original 3DS and others will be happier with an XL version. And some might even want both.Take you pick.

And of course they want money, everybody works for money to support themselves and their family. Nothing out of the ordinary here. The question is, did they create  something that you want to spend your hard earned money on ? If so, it must have been worth it for you. Nobody forces you to buy their stuff.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @InnocentPeach 

Always? This is the 2nd time they've ever done this. If anything, they used to make their handhelds smaller like the GameBoy Pocket and Game Boy Advanced SP and Micro.

Andrew_794
Andrew_794

 @craigprime  We should still be able to purchase these ambassador games regardless. I don't own a Wii and most of the reason I even got a 3DS in the first place was to buy all the old gameboy classics and now they are holding out on us..total crap 

SuperSandwich5
SuperSandwich5

 @craigprime And they did a poor job of it imho. (Honestly, mostly classic games that I've played way to many times and a few that I havent)

craigprime
craigprime

 @rarson Not to be rude, but what games you play on your phone that satisfy you? I carry 3DS in one pocket, and a phone in the other. It's not a smartphone, so it's a lot cheaper, in terms of both initial price and data plan. I kind of find it awkward to always hold a portable device in my hand, it makes less...portable.

celldifield
celldifield

 @me_da_do '' did they create  something that you want to spend your hard earned money on ? If so, it must have been worth it for you. Nobody forces you to buy their stuff.''

 

True :)

 

I''ve plan to get a 3ds before the news of the 3ds xl. after a while

nintendo 3ds xl was something more.