Nintendo Unveils 3DS XL


Nintendo has announced its new model 3DS XL, boasting a bigger screen, chunkier console and heavier weight – barely a week after Miyamoto had apparently been insisting that no such console existed.

The 3DS XL (or “LL” in Japan, just to keep things confusing) is due August 19th in the US and July 28th in Japan, for $199 and ¥18900, respectively.

The main distinguishing features are that it is bigger:

It is in fact 46% bigger: 93mm x 156mm x 22m, compared to the 3DS’s 74mm x 134mm x 21mm

This brings a screen increased in size by “90%” (4.88″ & 4.18″ vs 3.53″ & 3.02″)

Less helpfully, it also weighs much more, at 336g to the original’s 235g

Battery life for 3DS titles is increased by a moderately unimpressive 30-90 minutes – 3.5-6.5 hours vs 3-5 hours

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Displaying the usual total lack of straightforwardness consumers have unfortunately had to come to expect from big gaming companies, only on June 12th was Nintendo’s boss quoted lying through his teeth by saying there would likely be no revised 3DS and Nintendo would instead release a next generation portable later:

“I really feel like I’m satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it’s the best for this generation. What we’re thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 22/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If they did this, they should have just released it with the 2nd analog stick. sheesh nintendo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would be nice to be so thoughtful, right? Save for the fact that they'd likely have to reprogram it for the inclusion, and nobody wants to do the extra work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    really though, as far as i care about nintendo games, the only drive for japanese to get 3DS is monster hunter 3G, i have the same drive

    yet i still won't get it, why? because you still can't claw with those pad position
    monster hunter need you to control camera all the time while moving, and directional button is the only direct way to control camera, and they position it below the analog stick, do they think we're an octopus where i can bring my index finger to go below my thumb?

    they know this flaw (capcom) and they still bring the game to this console, with yet another fail inovation, semi lock on camera

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can customise the touchscreen and use something like the bottom right corner as an analog pad.

    Comment by Anonymous

    WTF are you talking about? There's like, what, 2 games that use that attachment?

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    Comment by motaku96
    02:20 23/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If a second analog becomes standard, more games will make use of the feature. Just imagine the convenience it would provide for camera manipulation in 3D games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    You have got to be shitting me if you think virtual touch screen camera controls are better than a real stick. They're an absolute nightmare, particularly if you have to stretch your thumb across the other controls to use them. And frankly, the Nintendo's touchscreens are some of the worst for precision control anyway. I'm playing Last Window and small movements send the screen flying just turning the character around on the map.

    They really should have made the switch to a double stick model now, before they get 100 million units sold and suddenly it's a PSP problem where they really can't add in the second control even though their whole system is suffering for it. And they have Kingdom Hearts 3D coming out in a few months that would be a major push for people buying the new system or the addon. As it is I'm considering cancelling my preorder and putting the 3DS on hold again. Nintendo's lack of foresight is becoming a consistent problem now. They had an entire generation of DS sales to learn and refine for the next device, and what did they do? Screw up both the initial model and the revision, relying on an addon to give decent camera support for their games again. Pathetic.

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    Comment by Shadow C
    09:33 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo was Naive not to include 2 analog sticks in the first place. It's very simple to do, and they really should've learned something from the PSP's criticism.

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    Comment by Peter Barton
    07:18 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem with adding a second control is that it will be alienating every single current 3DS owner. Nintendo would essentially be forcing them to either buy a control stick add-on or buy a new 3DS with two built in control sticks. The last thing they should be doing is another "Fuck you!" to people who already bought a 3DS.

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    Comment by Zavulon
    07:12 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, well, you cant use any buttons on the right (at leas effectively) while holding a pen at the same time.
    The only thing that screen is good for is menu navigation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    I have never heard of last window. You obviously haven't been playing the right games. Don't knock a superior control scheme just because there's a bad game that doesn't get it right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:54 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    "The only thing that screen is good for is menu navigation."

    LOL, tell that to the MP Hunters community. If that game, hypothetically, had had an option for analogue aiming, those players would get fucking raped by those who use the touchscreen, just as console shooter players would get raped by PC players using a mouse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not true. With the amount of 3DS's out, manufacturers will not want to alienate existing owners that do not have the peripheral.

    The Sega CD is a great reference to this. It wasn't until the PS2 that dual analog really became the norm on a Sony system.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Just imagine the inconvenience it would provide for, oh all the 18 million people who already own an original 3DS, being basically forced to buy an addon because too many games are coming out that require it.

    Also, you remember that second screen down there? Remember what it does? No? FYI, it's a touchscreen. using your thumbnail, it gives infinitely better camera control than an analogue stick ever would, which was the whole idea of not including a second one in the first place. Play MP Hunters or any well-made FPS, and you'll see that it's about the closest you can get to mouse controls on a console. I don't get who the hell would want to revert back to wobbly analogue stick camera controls, but apparently there's enough crybabies stuck in the past that Nintendo made a peripheral to silence them.

    And that's all you're fucking getting, a peripheral. I'm not gonna get forced to use stick aiming again, thank god.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why not?

    The attachment is incompatible to the XL, due to its size, AND Nintendo's going to have to invest more money to build different versions of the very same attachment, which many people probably won't buy anyways.

    Plus, if the XL featured the 2nd slider pad, what would YOU or any future XL buyer lose from that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seven games already have support for it, and more already have planned support for it. Better get out your wallet, because Nintendo already has plans for you to buy that addon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    lol no. As long as it remains optional, in most cases it will be like RE Revelations, where the touchscreen option just works better.

    Kid Icarus supports the 2nd analogue stick... but NOT for aiming in any configuration, just for lefty movement. Aiming is still done using the touchscreen. And it's an incredibly fast-paced game, with quick aiming required.

    I hope you can deduce what this means.

    Comment by Anonymous

    As an original 3DS owner, I would basically be forced to buy the second analogue pad if too many games come out that require it, because the new system has it built in. Instead of developers incorporating the much more accurate touchscreen as a second analogue control, as they damn well should. THAT's what I would lose.

    Comment by Anonymous

    WHY why OH WHY does a 2nd Analog stick seem to been the only complaint and want u guys have oersonally way it is now is totally fine

    Comment by Anonymous

    What for? One is enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 23/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I can smell failure all over again.

    The 3DS was not such a big seller as Nintendo originally expected it to be. And they dropped the price down to $149 at most retailers last year, then brought the price up again this year.

    No thanks Nintendo.
    The Wii U will suck as well and cost twice the price of the original Wii.

    Nintendo = FAIL.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 23/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    Fixed it for you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Nintendo fanboys spotted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Did you bother to check the sales numbers? First price was too high, but now they already have sold more then 18 millions consoles in little more a year since its release and is best selling platform atm. Fail, huh? Vita on other hand...

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    01:18 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yea people really need to stop saying Nintendo failed when they are making money out the wazoo. Just because they didn't like it doesn't mean other people didn't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    07:24 put a bit of fucking effort into your grammar when you're calling someone out on theirs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    your grammar = fail fucking nintendo fanboy

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ROFL @06:59, Do you really think the PSP out sold better than the DS? Do you really think Sony thought "hey lets release Vita and we want it to do badly!"?

    Facts aren't really that important to you are they?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    09:00 lulz You can't read tehs grammarz.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    06:59 Butthurt Sony fanboy spotted making one of the dumbest comments here.
    "Sony expected the Vita to do badly" - as if a major company release a product knowing it will fail.

    "Nintendo always wants it's handhelds to sell hence they lowered the price" well if I remember correctly the PS3 had to lower it's price several times before the public would bite.

    "Guess who sold the most worldwide PSP or DS?. Hint it wasn't Nintendo" - WRONG!!

    DS 151 Million
    PSP 71 Million

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can give you some reasons for why the Wii U will beat the PS4 and Xbox3D (I don't like 720, because that name makes no sense):

    1: It probably won't cost significantly more than a PS4 or Xbox3D, unlike the PS3, which was WAY more expensive than the 360 or Wii and only started selling after its price had been more than halved (starting with the Slim).

    2: It's different, like the Wii was.
    The PS and Xbox controllers have always remained more or less the same throughout every generation, then the Wii came with something fundamentally different, so people got curious and bought it.

    3a: Unless Kinect, it's usable.
    Kinect is slow and requires far too much space. Unless you're someone who's lucky or rich enough to have an apartment or house with a very large living room, Kinect will be useless to you.
    Also, unlike the tablet or Wiimote, you can't let your hands rest on your laps and only slightly move them, because Kinect won't register those moves if you do so.

    3b: Unless PSMove, it doesn't look silly.
    Yeah, the tablet itself won't win a beauty contest, but when you compare Wiimote to PSMove, you can see why people rather buy a Wii than the Move controller.
    The biggest con are those light bulbs on top of the controllers.
    But since Move was merely a tardy rip-off of the Wiimote, it's highly possible, that Sony will release something significantly better (looking) than Move for the PS4.

    4: There are significantly more casual gamers than core gamers, and even among core gamers, you shouldn't underestimate the number of people who don't consider graphics to be the soul of games.
    That's the reason why Mario has always been popular, even though its graphics are nothing mind blowing.
    Many core gamers have a Wii and either a PS3 or 360, and many core gamers will probably have a Wii U and either a PS4 or a Xbox3D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @06:59 Better hint: It was Nintendo. Don't kid yourself, you aren't fooling anyone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, it was fail you see, Sony expected the vita to do bad, Nintento always wants its handhelds to sell hence why the price was lowered. Guess who sold more PSPs or DS's world wide at this point in time? I'd give you a hint, it wasn't Nintendo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    You're wasting your time. SanCom is home to many Sony fanboys. Look at the many articles that are kicking dirt into Nintendo and MS. While every Sony article (which is near to non-existant. Someone's avoiding giving Sony bad publicity) is given a slap on the wrist for their bullshitery.

    The only one that made sense is Anon 0:44, because honestly the big 3 has been utter fail for the past year. The only ones that aren't are the few game companies that have been pretty consistant with the games. Albeit Nintendo is doing better in that regard than both Sony and MS for first party...which isn't a surprise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    9:00 here, comment was meant for 8:45

    Comment by Anonymous

    If Nintendo = FAIL then what does SONY =? Mega FAIL?

    PS Vita certainly doesn't beat 3DS in sells and neither did the PSP beat the DS Nintendo actually makes a profit in their console sells unlike Sony.

    Get a new dictionary you definition of "FAIL" is off.

    Fail doesn't mean does not have enough FPSs and Bloody games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 22/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I want the handheld to be a decent tablet substitute: skype, a fast browser, and a way to run vnds for my eroge. If this can't deliver those, I'm not buying it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, no point getting a 3DS for games...

    Comment by Anonymous

    wtf? 3DS and Vita are for gaming purpose. Buy a smartphone, moron!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're so easy to troll.

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    Comment by Zavulon
    03:12 23/06/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Still no second analog stick? Screw that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:18 22/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    nintendo wtf is this shit?? just bought my 3DS and this shit comes out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 22/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Well then when the fuck are they supposed to do a redesign, in your opinion?

    What if they had announced it next year? There would still be people who'd be like "oh no I've been waiting for a redesign all this time and now I bought a 3DS and they come out with a new one". It's stupid.

    Besides, this is not like a DS Lite, it's like a DSi XL. Look at the size of that thing, it's huge. Not everyone would want that. It's an alternative option, not a replacement.

    Stop crying and bitching.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you even read the article? The head clown at Nintendo LIED about there being a revision of the 3DS.

    Learn to Read.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:37 24/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't really a "revision" of the 3DS though, as it's not meant to replace the existing model. This is an alternate version of the handheld for those willing to trade portability for larger screens. Aside from that, it's pretty much identical to the standard 3DS feature-wise. Most people will still be inclined to purchase the lighter, more compact model.

    I do expect Nintendo to eventually release an updated 3DS though. Going by their comments, it will probably have additional features, much like what the DSi was to the DS. Not really a "next generation" handheld, but a "new generation" of the existing platform.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's common practice for Nintendo outright lie about a project that's in-development or a supposed gameplay secret or glitch. Get used to it. At least they haven't pulled any fast ones on paid DLC/paying-for-content-already-on-the-disc yet.

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    Comment by Erin Bushay
    01:03 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Woot! You understand the situation perfectly. Normally I'd post something along those lines, minus the swear words, but you've put it perfectly. Great job.

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    Comment by AsakuraSan
    23:06 22/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    That was their plan all along, because many people waited till the E3 was over to buy one, so the old hardware gets sold some more... fuck Nintendo -___-

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 24/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But that's like with every store (hello clearance items in grocery shops and clothing stores). Of course you want to clear out the old and sell the new. Lets just hope we have enough money to trade in our old handhelds and buy their inevitable dual stick 3DS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    they should had made 3ds that large from the start

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:26 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup,.. after the DSiXL going back to small just wasn't an option. It's still portable. Well,.. actually it isn't and even though I'm pleased with the new size, if it's regiolocked it's still broken. I don't buy a broken device.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ew, no. I find the 3DS to be a bit bulky as it is. I suspect the majority of people aren't interested in such a large handheld.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 24/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Seriously? Did no one at all expected this? Here's the irony, those brandishing themselves are "hardcore" (lol) gamers should have predicted this. Nintendo has always been consistent with it's redesigns of handhelds. Anyone who's actually been gaming before the PS2 would realize this. Did the Bush era hit intelligence that hard?

    Oh and some of you really have poor comprehension prowess. Shigi didn't lie. The hardware is the bloody same, the only thing that's different is that it got upscaled. So the 3DS is in fact...still a 3DS in most aspect apart from size. Shigi is happy about the 3DS as is. All he did was extend a little battery life and enlarged it. Just an alternative for consumers. You'd be in denial if you believe no one wanted a larger 3DS...well there they have it. A larger 3DS. The people complaining and whining about this is like whining about having Drink Size's at McDonalds. You usually get a Medium Coke and then complain about the new Large Coke available. It's still bloody Coke inside just more of it. So of course it's gonna take up more space and weigh more. It's just another option not a brand spanking new drink only available in large.

    IF they added more applications unique to device, new chip and extended it's power output via graphics or implement a second analog. Then that's a whole new machine. Which this isn't.

    You fanboys really are grabbing at straws to placate to your ego for owning another handheld/console that's different. If you're going to complain, complain about valid reasons like making handhelds region freaking locked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    that is your fault, i knew if i waited long enough they would come out with a XL.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait for the release of nintendo 3DS XXLLXLLXLXLXXLXLXLXL : Fit for Americans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The XL models are aimed at old people who can't see the small screen well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and sumo wrestlers with their bigger hands

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I understand your pain, since I got one myself just last week. Japanese, too. Then again, the reason I got one now was because I could finally afford it. Had I known about this, I would've saved up for one more month. ):

    Not that it's that upsetting. I'd also be waiting to see how well it does in reviews of the system. What exactly would the bigger screen do to the graphics? Would they still look fine?

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