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
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.”