Yup, you read that correctly. Today on Nintendo Direct, Reggie Fils-Aime aka “Mr. Body is Ready” announced the Nintendo 3DS XL. This revised version of the 3DS is a little rounder and features a larger screen, both top and bottom, so that gamers can enjoy their 3D content in better ways. Below are the other announcements put out during Nintendo Direct:
- 3DS XL will launch in Black, Red, and Blue… and possibly White (not shown in Direct, but easy assumption given Nintendo’s fascination with White)
- 3DS XL includes a 4GB SD Card for downloads from the eShop
- Will have a slightly longer battery life as well
- Launches in North America on August 19th for $199.99
- ^^ Take note this is the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2, expect a package deal
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be the first full game to be allowed a download from the eShop
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 will also support DLC in the future for extended replay value
- 3D Photo Gallery will be put into the eShop, allowing users to view popular 3D photos and share online via Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Pokemon Dream Radar announced, it being a new AR game (think of it as Pokemon Snap 2)
- Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 are sequels taking place 2 years after their predecessors
- ^^ Will release in the Fall, English trailer was shown off
- Many other games shown off during this video podcast (basically), you can view it here
Well, even though I do not have a 3DS, this is rather tempting. All in all, I think I will hold off, but for those of you who love your Nintendo handheld(s), by all means, this may be worth an upgrade. Also, from what I am seeing all around the interwebs, a few people are rather disappointed because of the lack of that second circle pad, only time will tell on that kind of backlash.