New Nintendo 3DS XL Release Date, Pricing and Features Detailed
Nintendo has come a long way from the original, battery-eating Game Boy handheld from 1989. Next month, the Super Mario company plans on launching the New Nintendo 3DS XL.
During its recent Nintendo Direct press conference, the Big N has announced that the New Nintendo 3DS XL handheld system will be launching in just a few weeks. The New 3DS XL offers all sorts of new enhancements that the previous versions of the 3DS never had. In particular, the addition of the C Stick allows for the use of a second analog control that previous 3DS owners had to buy the Circle Pad/Circle Pad Pro accessory in order to use. This handheld also has the ZL and ZR buttons, which are two new shoulder buttons that are more akin to the Wii U's GamePad layout. The New 3DS XL has the ability to track where your face is compared to the game screen (using its inner camera), optimizing the handheld's ability to provide stable 3D graphics based on how your head's position. Also, the New 3DS XL has the ability to scan your amiibo figures just as a Wii U GamePad could via NFC technology. The New Nintendo 3DS will have its own line of games and will have faster load times for playing the rest of the Nintendo 3DS library.
“We are only a couple of weeks into 2015, and Nintendo is already starting the year off with a bang,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With New Nintendo 3DS XL coming very soon and an enormous library of exclusive Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games launching throughout the coming months, it has never been a better time to be a Nintendo fan.”
The New Nintendo 3DS XL will launch in the U.S. on Feb. 13 for the suggested retail price of $199.99.