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Nintendo Co., Ltd. will launch “New Nintendo 3DS” and “New Nintendo 3DS XL” on October 11, 2014 in Japan, at the suggested retail prices of 16,000 yen and 18,800 yen (prices not including consumption tax), respectively. The systems will be the newest members of the Nintendo 3DS family, the sales of which in Japan alone are estimated to already top 16 million units to date.

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.

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


New Nintendo 3DS is already getting one exclusive game that won’t be on the original models – Xenoblade Chronicles. However, that’s just the beginning. Nintendo has confirmed that New Nintendo 3DS will be receiving exclusive and non-exclusive software that takes advantage of the system’s CPU and will have improved graphics and controls.

Exclusive titles will be announced in the future. Note that old games will not be getting a graphical boost.


The official New Nintendo 3DS website is now live. You can access it here.

This information comes from a Nintendo spokesperson…

“Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing. We plan to launch these products in Europe in 2015. We have a variety of compelling portable gaming options for consumers now and through the Christmas shopping season, including a variety of different Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL bundles at retail. We also have a strong library of hundreds of games for these systems that appeal to all kinds of players, with titles like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire still on the way before the end of the year.”


Nintendo has announced Xenoblade Chronicles for 3DS, as shown during today’s Japanese Nintendo Direct. The remake is coming to Japan next year. It will be exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS models revealed today.

Nintendo has announced a brand new iteration of the 3DS known as “New Nintendo 3DS”. The system features a second analog nub and much more like a cartridge slot on the bottom and ZL/ZR buttons.

New Nintendo 3DS is white and black. The XL model is metallic blue/metallic black.

New Nintendo 3DS is 3.88 inch, 3.33 inch for the New Nintendo 3DS. It’s 1.2 times bigger than the original model.

The top right of the New 3DS model has the little nub called the c-stick. It serves the same purpose as the slide pad. Nintendo went with the smaller C-stick so that the abyx buttons wouldn’t have to be moved/redesigned, and it’d still be close for the fingers. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Dragon Quest X, Final Fantasy Explorers, and Smash Bros. all take advantage of this.

Additionally, the button colors come in the same color as the Super Famicom.

New Nintendo 3DS can use the bottom screen to use NFC. In other words, you won’t need a special reader.

New Nintendo 3DS supports micro SD cards. Data can be sent over Wi-Fi to PC.

There’s also a more powerful CPU inside. That means things like HTML5 videos in the Internet browser will be supported.

New Nintendo 3DS features swappable covers and back covers. 1,000 yen per cover plate set, and many will be available at launch. 50 are due out by the end of this year.

New Nintendo 3DS launches on October 11. Pricing is set at 16,000 yen. The XL model will go for 18,800 yen.


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