Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Lee Davies

‘New’ 3DS console out in 2015

Out on the 11th of October in Japan, Nintendo have surprised us all in its latest Nintendo Direct, the ‘New’ Nintendo 3DS won’t hit European shelves until 2015 (date unspecified). Here’s the details.

Japanese Prices
New Nintendo 3DS — 16,000 Yen pre-tax (approx €117 / £92.60)
New Nintendo 3DS LL (XL) — 18,800 Yen pre-tax (approx €137.50 / £108.80)

New Features
The addition of two new shoulder buttons, the ZL and ZR.

A new C-stick second analogue controller, so far compatible with games such as Monster Hunter 4 G (Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate), Dragon Quest X, Final Fantasy Explorers, Xenoblade Chronicles and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Near Field Communication built into the unit itself. Just touch your Amiibo to the lower screen and presto.

Faster CPU that will speed up the overall operating system including eShop downloads, Miiverse browsing, web based browsing, and support for HTML5 video.

A wider angle ‘sweet spot’ by implementing the internal camera to track eye movement.

Exclusive Games
Exclusive games, such as the Wii U port of Xenoblade Chronicles. At present this is the only exclusive ‘New’ 3DS game we know about, more have been suggested.

Specifications and Comparisons
The size of both upper and lowerscreens are increased in this model. The upper screen size is now 3.88 inches compared to 3.5 inches in the original model. The lower screen size is increased to 3.33 inches from 3 inches in the original model.
Battery Life is promised to be an hour longer than the original, between 3.5 to 6 hours

xl compare
Screen size remains the same for the XL/LL version, whilst battery life is increased by 30 minutes to 3.5 to 7 hours.

Additional Elements
Interchangeable fascias, known as Kisekae in Japan, will be available for purchase for the original ‘New’ 3DS only.

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3 Responses to ‘New’ 3DS console out in 2015

  1. Yodlecat says:

    I had no idea that Nintendo had another console design! It’s a fine product . Any refinements for the good of the product is welcomed by me.

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