Surprising everyone who didn't see it coming (obviously), Nintendo announced a brand spanking new model of the Nintendo 3DS called New Nintendo 3DS.
Great name, eh? Check out the attached Nintendo Direct. The New 3DS stuff starts at 14:20. Of course, it's in Japanese but that never stops a true fan!
Anyway, the New 3DS (which comes in both standard and XL sizes) launches in Japan on October 11th with a host of new features including:
- A faster processor that speeds up web browsing and downloading software
- A wider 3D viewing angle
- A small nub above the face buttons that acts as a right analog stick
- Two additional shoulder buttons
- An automated process that adjusts the screen's brightness depending on ambient light
- A built in NFC reader (older models will use a dongle)
- Ever so slightly better battery life (30 – 60 additional minutes)
Also worth noting is that the internet browser (which can now play videos) will come with internet filters enabled to keep kids from accessing websites with questionable content. This filter can be turned off for a fee of 30 yen (about 29 cents) once a valid credit card is registered.
There will be games exclusive to the New 3DS. A port of Xenoblade Chronicles will be the first of such titles to require the extra power of the redesign to run.
The standard New 3DS will retail for 16,000 yen (about $154) and the New 3DS LL (the larger one) for 18,800 (about $181).
The New 3DS and New 3DS XL will be released in Europe sometime in 2015. A North American release is expected but has yet to be confirmed.
No word on a New 2DS.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen