Nintendo has announced two new 3DS designs, with the standard 3DS and 3DS XL both getting a makeover. They’re quite confusingly going to just be called New 3DS and New 3DS XL, but these come with a plethora of features and upgrades, including more power, a better screen, and more buttons.
The new CPU which is included in the systems will be required for some games going forward, such as the Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS port. Think of it as similar to the N64 Expansion Pak, only you have to buy a whole new console. It’ll also allow you to load some software such as the eShop and Miiverse faster, with the internet browser now supporting HTML5.
In terms of the screen, the upgrade to that will allow you to view 3D from a wider range of angles thanks to use of the camera for head-tracking, while the sytem also incorporates button controls that we’ve previously seen with the Circle Pad Pro accessory, including a smaller C-stick just above the face buttons and two extra triggers on the rear. Both models will remain around the same size as their existing counterparts.
It will also feature a micro USB card slot under a removable bottom plate, as well as NFC-reading technology for those Amiibo figurines which will release later this year. Overall, it looks like a pretty essential upgrade for the handheld hardcore.
You can expect to see this release in Japan on October 11th, but it won’t reach Europe until next year. Catch the trailer at 14:27 in the below Nintendo Direct broadcast.