*sigh* And I had JUST preordered the new Super Smash Bros 3DS XL Bundle.


The new model is marginally bigger than the old one.

Nintendo have announced via their latest Nintendo Direct presentation that a new and improved model of their handheld console will be released in the UK some time next year.


The NFC reader appears to be built into the lower screen. Old 3DS will require an add-on peripheral.

The “New 3DS” and “New 3DS XL” will feature longer battery life, improved 3D screen technology, a built-in NFC reader for use with the new Amiibo figurine range, additional shoulder buttons, and an added C-stick for dual stick controls.


The “C-button” is effectively a second analogue stick based on the GameCube’s C-stick.

The CPU is also faster, so downloads will be improved, and games will run smoother. The internet browser will support HTML5. Also, the New 3DS will have removable face plates so you can customize its look.


Due for release in Japan in October, the New 3DS will also be able to run a newly announced port of acclaimed Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles, which will NOT be playable on older models of the handheld. This news comes comes out just as protagonist Shulk has officially been unveiled as a playable guest character in Smash Bros.



Xenoblade Chronicles’ Shulk was leaked a while ago. We can assume the other leaked characters are true then.

Finally, Nintendo announced that new customizable themes will be available to download in October for all existing 3DS models, including a Mario and Zelda themed interface. Finallyier, the Shulk trailer can be watched below.

What do you guys reckon? Personally, I find it very annoying that Nintendo would release yet another revised version of the 3DS, especially this late in the game. And now that Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to the new console, it means I won’t be able to play it. Presumably other games will be released that will be exclusive to the New 3DS. This will undoubtedly confuse many casual customers. I dunno, maybe I’m just grumpy. Where’s the falafel?!

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2 Responses

  1. Zim says:

    Wow, Nintendo is really working hard to demonstrate just how clueless they are. I mean, first they confuse many average consumers with the WiiU, blowing the transition period from their incredible Wii install base, and now they are poised to do the same with their share of the handheld market.

    The last thing they need is for their handheld sales to suffer. I think I might smell a bit of Sega in the air.

    Maybe they’re just coasting through the early years of this generation, shifting their major investments into a mid or late-mid gen release of a console that will perform significantly better than competitors, while timing it so Sony/Microsoft can’t respond well? Who the hell knows with them anymore.

    • Seif says:

      Couldn’t agree more mate. It’s been a slight downward spiral for years now, since the Wii was released in my opinion. But then they always surprise me with awesome announcements such as this year’s E3, which they won hands down. I dunno. Nintendo is like an attractive woman; I love her but sometimes she confuses me and drives me crazy.

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