Nintendo Reveals New 3DS Models With Built-In NFC, Better 3D, And More

[UPDATE] New systems won't come to the United States until 2015 at the earliest.

[UPDATE 2] A Nintendo representative told Eurogamer that the new 3DS models will launch in Europe in 2015.

[UPDATE] A Nintendo of America representative says in a statement that the company has no plans to launch the new 3DS models in North America this year.

"Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing. We have no plans to launch these products in the Americas this year. We have a variety of compelling portable gaming options for consumers now and through the holiday shopping season, including Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL. 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."

The original story is below.

During a Japanese Nintendo Direct video briefing today, Nintendo announced new updates to its 3DS and 3DS XL devices. The new models, which have been announced only for Japan, feature an additional directional button and built-in NFC support. They launch in Japan on October 11.

The new models feature an analogue "nub" over the existing A,B, X, and Y buttons. In addition, there are new shoulder buttons--ZR and ZL--featured on top of the system, right next to the current L and R buttons.

The new 3DS models also feature a stronger CPU than existing models, which should allow for zippier downloads and browsing from the eShop, among other things. There is also built-in NFC support for Nintendo's upcoming amiibo toy line. Nintendo will also sell an NFC adapter for existing models.

Finally, the new 3DS units are built to support custom covers, which will allow you to customize your system however you see fit.

The new 3DS will sell for ¥16,000 ($154) and the new 3DS XL will go for ¥18,800 ($180). There is no word yet on a Western launch.

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Discussion

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golemoy
golemoy

with faster cpu maybe they will add 3d to pokemon overworld now. and maybe combat will be at steady fps.

jcboyd1026
jcboyd1026

nothing in Nintendos' announce actually confirmed N3DS exclusive titles-- it IS possible that the current 3DS will play the new games at a slower rate ala 2DS...

robertico7
robertico7

if the screen resolution is better than the current ill buy one.

JazzFromHell
JazzFromHell

im glad that im not the kind of people who pre order and bought their consoles the first months. I was doubtful about the original 3DS but Im definitely buying this one.

lazarius12
lazarius12

Why are people so shocked that this is a thing? It's /literally/ the exact same scenario that Nintendo has gone through with every handheld they've ever produced.


Gameboy -> Gameboy Pocket -> Gameboy Color (specific games for it)

Gameboy Advance -> Gameboy Advance SP -> Gameboy Micro

DS -> DS Lite -> DS Lite XL -> DSi (specific games for it)

3DS -> 3DSXL -> 2DS -> New 3DS/New 3DSXL (specific games for it)


Every single handheld line has had not only variations, but in three out of the four there have been systems that could play certain games that the older models couldn't. It's nothing new in the slightest.


Hell, your cell phone is just as bad, if not worse since most require updates every few years in order to play the newer games. Same thing with tablets.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

"New systems won't come to the United States until 2015 at the earliest."-- because they gonna release the limited edition pokemon old version covered one in november first.....

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i wouldve preferred an hd port of xenoblade chronicles for wii u

zzz802
zzz802

I should've seen this coming...

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

in the past, the handheld market is where nintendo always consistently aced but in recent years that trend has seen business decisions by nintendo that might lead to the contrary. nintendo's starting to produce too many different versions of the same device and on top of that produce content that only works on certain versions of said devices. if they dont change their ways soon, they may no longer be able to tout themselves as the kings of the handheld market and that in turn will change their financial forecast substantially.

nefphlegm
nefphlegm

People who already own a 3DS should get some sort of discount towards getting the newer system. Oh, things don't work that way in the "real" world? That's a shame. Too bad Vita is also getting not-so-great reviews. I really don't know what handheld to move towards. Guess I could always save my money for pizza.

loanstar744
loanstar744

Wow, I was just contemplating buying a 3DSXL yesterday and was about to pull the trigger but thought I should wait until I had a little extra cash on the side to be comfortable. Really glad I waited and even though I think this is a big "SCREW YOU" to 3DS owners, I am REALLY digging the way they combined a SNES and Classic Pro controller and those dope ass colored buttons and added that little extra analog nub, though it should have just been the same size as the other one and the buttons moved down. Always hoped they'd make a new version with the right nub expansion built into it but that nub looks really uncomfortable.

akilejoseph
akilejoseph

Sony needs to do this, turn the vita into a beast with more CPU/GPU and Vram although only the CPU is really the bottleneck for games that are high on AI.I would be mad but happy that they would be able to do what the vita was made for "console experience on the go".

vylasni
vylasni

Smart Nintendo should be getting all of its titles to IOS and Android rather than developing new hardware.

parabol69
parabol69

And some of you continue to wonder why the Wii U is struggling.  F' U and your 3DS, Iwata.

fatalscorpion
fatalscorpion

But what about bluetooth? I only have Jaybird Bluebuds X, and yes I have a bluetooth reciever/transmitter thingy but it would be nice to not have to use that to play 3DS. -_- First world problems hehe

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

Nintendo: "Thanks for buying the 3DS, 45+ million suckers! Now you gotta buy the new 3DS if you want to play future games on it!"


While this is good for people like myself that haven't owned the 3DS as of yet, this kind of move alienates the current 45+ million owners that bought it, as future games like Xenoblade will not be compatible on the older 3DS models because of the better CPU & more VRAM on the new 3DS.

lostn
lostn

I don't like that they are going with the tablet/smartphone model of updated hardware, faster cpu releases. It's going to lead to fragmentation. Now games like Xenoblade that require the new model can't just say "3DS" on the side of the game case. It needs a new label to distinguish it from older 3DS models. It's going to lead to confusion similar to the 2DS.


Consoles and handhelds have never done this before. They've had refreshes, but never come with faster CPU or GPU as part of the refresh. They save those for a full next gen iteration.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

fourtunate for me i didnt replace my 3ds xl yet rotflol   , , , ,,,  though i probably would and still get one of these  in fac my plan is to get both versions 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

So, will this be like the expansion module they used for the N64 where you are updated graphics wise, but sill be able to play all 3DS games on older 3DS platforms? Because it's way too soon for new hardware. The 3DS is what - 3 years old?

Pikachu2511
Pikachu2511

Calling the updated 3DS model the Nintendo "New" 3DS sounds too much as a name given at the last-minute. We know it is a new model to the 3DS line, so why add it to the name? 

Think of it, some kid would buy a "New 3DS"-exclusive game for their Older 3DS and tries to run it assuming it is a "New" title for his/her original 3DS, then he/she finds out it fails to run because it works only for the "New 3DS". How would the buyer react to this?

If the updated model has more CPU power, extra buttons for better control for the player, built-in "Amiibo" support, and exclusive titles that won't work on the 1st-generation 3DS, 3DS XL or 2DS, I would personally call these the "Super 3DS" (standard size) and "Super 3DS XL" (larger screen model). Even if it isn't a perfect name, it would better identify the difference in performance and compatibility features between the Standard 3DS line and the reworked "New 3DS" line.

Rahnyc4
Rahnyc4

Gonna sell the heck out of my vita, to get one of these. i have to see if its backwards compatible with the nintendo ds, to truly take the jump. 

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@KimCheeWarriorX They've been doing multiple versions of the same handheld since they started doing handhelds.  For instance, there was the original Game Boy, the Game Boy Pocket, the Game Boy Light(never released outside of Japan), and the Game Boy Color.  This is nothing new from Nintendo.  What -is- new is exclusive games because of an increase in hardware specs... and frankly that sucks.

kisaiyuki
kisaiyuki

@KimCheeWarriorX There actually hasn't been more than one die-shink since the original 3DS release in 2011. Everything was 32nm in 2010, and it's 22nm now. So this new model probably uses a new die shrink, but it's not going to be a giant leap. The difference between the normal size and the XL version and the 2DS are business decisions to market to Americans.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@nefphlegm My phone is more than good enough for me when I want to play a game and I'm not at home.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

@lostn This basically IS the 3DS 2. Blame Nintendo for coming up with stupid and confusing games.

Anyway the market is changing. Nintendo can't keep doing the same thing if they don't want to get destroyed by Apple

Martyr77
Martyr77

@Sevenizz  It is ridiculous but looks like yes they are coming out with a new 3DS after just a few years and new games will only work on it. I am still stunned that they would do this to their fanbase but that is the gist of it.

Angry_Mushroom
Angry_Mushroom

@Sevenizz


There will be specific N3DS games that wont' be compatible with the current 3DS.  Think of the N3DS as the DSi.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

There would be riots in the streets if MS & Sony released updated hardware and alienated new software. It's not even a year old.

lazarius12
lazarius12

@jinzo9988 @KimCheeWarriorX "What -is- new is exclusive games because of an increase in hardware specs"

Technically that's not even new either. GameBoy Color games couldn't be played on the original GameBoy and when the DSi came out owners of that system were able to download small games to the hardware, while the original DS could not. This entire scenario of Nintendo releasing a newer version of their handheld is 100% the same as it has always been. I'm not sure why people are suddenly treating it so differently, but it probably has something to do with the idea that it's fun to hate on the company right now.

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

@sladakrobot No, it hasn't been released on the 3DS yet. It'll come out for the new 3DS, which means if you want to play that game, you'll have to buy the new 3DS model for it & future games like that.

lostn
lostn

@istuffedsunny @lostn Well it's a weak 3DS 2. The leap between this 3DS 2 and the 3DS 1 is nowhere near the generational leap between DS and 3DS. That alone is enough grounds for anger. And the fact that the 3DS generation lasted only 2 years before it got a successor.

lostn
lostn

@Angry_Mushroom @lostn GB Color cannot be argued. It's a new generation handheld. It has color. GB does not. If you bought a black and white printer, do you expect to be able to print in color? No. 


If you bought a 3DS, do you expect to be able to play all 3DS games? I would. N3DS is not adding anything revolutionary like 'color', or even '3D'. What it adds is a few buttons and a faster CPU, and that is what makes 3DS not forwards compatible with it. That's disappointing. If they made a 4DS or whatever they call their next system, it would be a completely different matter.


As for DSi software, nothing of consequence here. All retail DS games are compatible with all DS.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Ouch. Well, this will be the test to see if N can release another home console shortly.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Sue for what? Show me the contract that says they're liable to support a console for so many years. Nintendo dropped support for the Virtual Boy in less than a year - no law suit ensued.

powerfulone1987
powerfulone1987

I think it's because we are older now and are just now becoming cognizant of it.

When we were little, we'd just ask mommy, daddy and/or Santa Claus for the latest and greatest.

Now we either have to buy it ourselves or ask a not so charitable parent who is now paying for things like your college or for their grandkid's christmases now.

And Santa Claus don't care about yoy if you can't fit on his knee.

So it comes down moreso to awareness than being a hater.

All these new iterations have even gotten me bent out of shape, but once I read your post, I realized you were right and this has been going on all along.

I just wasn't aware. Now I am.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

In fairness - servers do cost money. But yea - they did that.

GS Sony fanboys are pretty tame here. Go to VG24/7, Kotaku, or Dualshockers and say anything negative about Sony and they'll rip your head off.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Sevenizz So you would be allright when MS or Sony drops the X1/PS4 after 2 years?
Me not. I would sue them for breaking their promise...in MS case "the X1 will last even longer than the X360"

parabol69
parabol69

@sladakrobot lol, you don't have a clue as to how the legal system works, do you?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Your lawsuit would be thrown out of court. There is no law that dictates how long a hardware manufacture has to support their console. Can I sue Atari because they no longer make games for my 7800? No.

And 'promise'? Where's that signed contract?

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Sevenizz Its okay for a system to die if it fails but not those who are successfull.