Nintendo Announces 3DS XL

Last week, during its Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo announced a new version of the 3DS handheld gaming system to be released in mid-August. The system will be called 3DS XL in America and will retail for $199.99. The primary differences between the XL and the original 3DS are the screen size, battery life, and memory storage capabilities.

Nintendo 3DS (left) and 3DS XL (right)

The 3DS XL top screen is 4.88 inches; the lower screen is 4.18 inches. Those screens are both 90% larger than the screens on the original 3DS. The resolution on the 3DS XL, however, remains the same as the original. For battery life, Nintendo announced that the 3DS XL will last between 3.5 and 6.5 hours, which compares to 3-5 hours for the 3DS. The battery life for DS games is 6-10 hours on the 3DS XL, 5-8 hours on the 3DS. The 3DS XL will include a 4GB SD card and the North America version will also include an AC adapter. So far, it appears the Japanese and European versions will not include the AC adapter.

The 3DS XL will be released in America on August 19, the same day as the upcoming game New Super Mario Bros. 2. Japan and Europe will see the 3DS XL earlier than America; it will be hitting shelves on July 28th. The 3DS XL will be available in red and blue. Europe will also receive the system in a silver option.

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