Nintendo has announced a larger, slightly redesigned version of the 3DS during its Nintendo Direct Conference held this morning. Called the 3DS XL, the redesigned handheld has screens that are 90% larger than the original 3DS, curved edges and improved battery life. The resolution of each screen and the handheld’s button layout remain unchanged, and there is no second circle pad as many people had anticipated.
The 3DS XL’s top screen is 4.88 inches across and the bottom screen is 4.18 inches. The handheld’s external dimensions are 93x165x22mm and it weighs 336g compared to the original’s 230g.
Nintendo claims that the 3DS XL’s battery life will be between 3.5 and 6.5 hours while playing 3DS games, and between 6 and 10 hours while playing DS games. The system’s battery will take approximately 3.5 hours to charge.
The handheld will be released in Europe and Japan on July 28th, and in the US on August 19th. It will be available in silver, red and blue colour schemes in Europe, with US gamers missing out on the silver option. The system will sell for a RRP of $199.99 in North America – about $20 more than the current 3DS.
The 3DS XL will be bundled with a 4GB SD card but won’t come packaged with an AC adapter in Europe and Japan according to Nintendo. However, it will be compatible with 3DS, DSi and DS XL AC adapters and the peripheral will also be available separately along with the charging cradle.
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