Nintendo announces 3DS XLBy Ryan Noik 25 June 2012 | Categories: news
Named the 3DS XL, the newly announced device will boast a 4.8” top screen (which is more comparative with the Vita’s 5” offering) and 4.18” bottom screen, up from the 3DS’s 3.5” and 3” top and bottom screen respectively.
Nintendo pointed out that its screen size had been increased 90% as compared with the current 3DS. According to Kotaku, battery life will also receive a boost, up to between three and a half and six and a half hours for 3DS titles and between six and ten hours for DS (non-3D) titles.
Strangely though, it appears that the 3DS XL will still not boast an extra analog stick, which was one of the complaints made about the original 3DS, even though this was addressed by an external addition to the console.
Nintendo’s steroid-induced 3DS will sport three colour choices: silver and black, white, and red and black. Although it is expected to touch down in Japan and Europe at the end of July, and towards the middle of August stateside, there’s no word as yet as to local availability or pricing.
While many were convinced that if any 3DS announcements were to come, they would surely have been made at the Electronics Entertainment Expo, the new announcement points to a fact that Nintendo still marches to the beat of its own tune, and the Japanese company knows how to surprise us when it wants to.
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