Nintendo 3DS XL Revealed

The rumors prior to E3 said that we’d hear about this at E3, but when that didn’t come to pass, we all figured the rumors were wrong… However, it turns out they were right after all: the 3DS is getting a redesign of sorts. It’s an XL treatment similar to the XL treatment the DS received. And it’s coming sooner than you can imagine! Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America revealed the launch date, the price, and the detailed specs in the newest Nintendo Direct.

Hit the jump for the details!

On yesterday night’s Nintendo Direct, Reggie revealed that the Nintendo 3DS XL would be released on August 19th (the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS) FOR $199.99 and would feature much larger screens than the current version. The upper screen is now 4.88 inches providing 90% extra view, with the bottom screen now 4.18 inches (again, providing 90% extra view). The Regginator also confirmed that the battery power is significantly improved from the original 3DS. The battery will be able to last 3.5 to 6.5 hours while playing 3DS games compared to the 3 to 5 hours of the original 3DS. It comes bundled with a 4 gigabyte memory card and an AC adapter but the adapter will only be packaged with it in North America. The Japanese and European releases will not come packaged with a charger. In the Americas it comes in Red and Blue (whereas in Japan it comes in White, Red, and Silver).

Just imagine the glorious 3D Hyrule in Ocarina of Time 3D now all the more immersive with the added size!

Will you be picking one up when it launches? Let us know what you think about the 3DS XL in the comments!

Source: Nintendo Direct

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