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Nintendo Announces The New Nintendo 3DS XL

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2014 @ 9:27 a.m. PDT

Nintendo will launch its New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL on October 11, 2014 in Japan, with an estimated 2015 release date in Europe and North America.

The new C-Stick, ZL button and ZR button, which will enhance the play controls of the existing Nintendo 3DS hardware, have been added, and the new “Super-Stable 3D” function will provide players with an even more comfortable 3D gaming experience. Furthermore, the new “NFC feature” will enable the use of the “amiibo” on Nintendo 3DS.

As for “New Nintendo 3DS,” the LCD screens are bigger than those of the existing Nintendo 3DS, and the exterior design of the hardware can be customized simply by exchanging the “Cover Plates,” which will be sold separately. The New Nintendo 3DS XLwill come in Metallic Blue and Metallic Black, while the New Nintendo 3DS will be available in white and black.

As for the overseas markets, our local subsidiaries will separately confirm. However, there will be no U.S. and European launches this calendar year.

Comparison Data
 New Nintendo 3DS XLNew Nintendo 3DS
Size93.5mm high, 160mm wide,
21.5mm thick (when closed)
80.6mm high, 142mm wide,
21.6mm thick (when closed)
WeightApproximately 329 grams
(including Battery Pak, stylus and Micro SD Memory Card)
Approximately 253 grams
(including Battery Pak, stylus and Micro SD Memory Card)
Upper Screen4.88 inches (diagonal)
Wide-screen LCD display showing approximately 16.77 million colors with 800 x 240 pixel resolution
400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D visuals
3.88 inches (diagonal)
Wide-screen LCD display showing approximately 16.77 million colors with 800 x 240 pixel resolution
400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D visuals
Lower Screen4.18 inches (diagonal)
Touch-screen LCD showing approximately 16.77 million colors with 320 x 240 pixel resolution
3.33 inches (diagonal)
Touch-screen LCD showing approximately 16.77 million colors with 320 x 240 pixel resolution
Battery Duration
  • Approximately 3.5 to 7 hours when using Nintendo 3DS software
  • Approximately 7 to 12 hours when using Nintendo DS software
  • * Depending on the brightness of the screens, the battery duration varies. When the “automatic brightness adjustment” is on, the brightness of the screens changes automatically in accordance with the brightness of the surroundings and, therefore, the battery duration becomes longer in dark places and becomes shorter in bright places. Also, when the “energy saving mode” is on, the battery duration becomes longer.
  • * The above Battery Durations are rough indications and can be shorter depending on the status of use.
  • Approximately 3.5 to 6 hours when using Nintendo 3DS software
  • Approximately 6.5 to 10.5 hours when using Nintendo DS software
  • * Depending on the brightness of the screens, the battery duration varies. When the “automatic brightness adjustment” is on, the brightness of the screens changes automatically in accordance with the brightness of the surroundings and, therefore, the battery duration becomes longer in dark places and becomes shorter in bright places. Also, when the “energy saving mode” is on, the battery duration becomes longer .
  • * The above Battery Durations are rough indications and can be shorter depending on the status of use.
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