The original Nintendo 3DS launched in the spring of 2011, which means it is just over three years old. About a year later, the Nintendo 3DS XL came out. Last year, the Nintendo 2DS launched. This year, Nintendo is redesigning the 3DS and 3DS XL, at least in Japan. This morning on their latest Nintendo Direct announcement video, Nintendo announced a new 3DS that will mostly look like the existing XL model on the surface, but subtle changes will improve the overall experience.
So, what’s new in the “New Nintendo 3DS?”
- Added C stick on the right, above the buttons.
- Added ZL and ZR shoulder buttons.
- Increased 3D viewing angle.
- Better screens.
- Bigger 3.88″ & 3.33″ 3DS screens (previously 3.5″ & 3.0″). *XL will stay the same.
- Amiibo reader/writer (built-in NFC chip).
- HTML5 video supported in internet browser.
- Faster internet browser.
- Parental filter on internet browser from beginning (can be deactivated).
- Micro SD cards supported (full size SD card not supported).
- Wi-Fi communication between 3DS and PC to send/receive data (Windows 7/8.1 required).
- Faster CPU.
- Downloads faster.
- Slightly better camera (but still 640×480 / .3 MP).
- LED flash for inside camera.
- Slightly better battery life (30 min – 1 hour longer).
- New cradle holds upright when charging (sold separately).
- Customizable front and back plates.
- Removed physical switch to turn wireless on/off (still located within Home menu).
- Stylus slot moved to the bottom of the device.
- Game card slot moved to the bottom of the device.
What is staying the same?
- Power cable shape (you can use your DSi and/or 3DS cable to charge the New 3DS).
- Plays about 99% of the existing DS and 3DS games.
- New 3DS XL screens are the same size as current 3DS XL.
- Button placement for existing buttons are basically the same.
- Still uses a single-touch pressure-based touch screen.
The New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL will be available in Japan on October 11. As of now, there is no news about a worldwide launch. You can find out more by heading to Nintendo of Japan’s website.
[Info & images via Nintendo]