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New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo made a pretty huge announcement on Friday… the New 3DS! Austin and I talk all about it, and there’s a bit of discussion about some of the other news that came in on the same day.


We’ve been poking around the Japanese New 3DS website and picked up on a few more details about the system.

First, let’s talk briefly about the Internet browser. Users will be able to switch tabs with the ZL and ZR buttons. By using the c-stick, you can zoom in on the page.

Next, camera functions. The New 3D makes use of stable 3D. Because it recognizes the position of the person’s face, the feature doesn’t support some software which utilizes the inner camera. Also, if you have accessories on your head or face – or if there is strong direct light entering the camera – the feature may not work properly.

Update: Bumped to the top. Systems are back in stock… for now.


It’s looking like the New 3DS won’t be heading west for awhile. While the system is heading to Japan on October 11 – less than two months – North America and Europe won’t be seeing it until 2015.

Thankfully, there are ways to purchase the New 3DS even if you’re not in Japan. Playasia has now opened pre-orders at the following links:

New 3DS LL Blue
New 3DS XL Black
New 3DS Black
New 3DS White

Of course, since these are Japanese systems, they will only play Japanese games. But if you’re like me, you might be pretty tempted to pick up a New 3DS at launch…

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The wait for the 3DS Homebrew Channel will continue on. Smealum, the project’s coder, has decided to delay its launch due to the upcoming release of New 3DS. He now hopes to enable homebrew on all 3DS systems, and potentially take advantage of New 3DS’ added power as well.

Smealum wrote on Twitter:

“I’ve worked way too long and hard on this to throw it away. This exploit is our best chance to get a look at the new 3DS coming out in one month. Using this as an entrypoint … gives us a fighting chance to defeat whatever new shit might be in there.”

The 3DS Homebrew Channel doesn’t have an estimated release date, though Smealum doesn’t expect the delay to carry into 2015.

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Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi held a panel at PAX Prime 2014 today. Sakaguchi mentioned that it would be nice to work on a continuation of The Last Story (or Blue Dragon/Lost Odyssey), although nothing is happening behind the scenes currently.

At one point, Sakaguchi was specifically asked if there’s a chance of a new The Last Story. He responded in English: “Ok, yeah, you talk to Nintendo.” The audience cheered and applauded when the panel’s moderator asked who would like to see a sequel on Wii U, and Sakaguchi again added: “And maybe PlayStation 4 too?”

Sakaguchi may not have been too serious throughout all of this. He was laughing, and could have just been teasing the audience.

Other than The Last Story, Sakaguchi was also asked about which systems he plans on working with. One of his comments stated that Nintendo always keeps people on their toes when it comes to new hardware announcements. Additionally, Sakaguchi is looking forward to the New 3DS and hopes to have a chance to work on the platform.

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Nintendo announced a pair of special New 3DS bundles earlier today that we wanted to bring to your attention.

The first is Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Capcom’s new game will launch simultaneously with New 3DS on October 11. The bundle will cost 25,600 yen.

Another bundle confirmed by Nintendo is Smash Bros. It comes with a New 3DS XL model and will be available in November.

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The New 3DS will be more powerful than its predecessor thanks to a beefed up CPU. It also seems that the system could offer extra RAM and VRAM.

As reported by 3dbrew:

Based on disassembly of certain sysmodules for code added/changed with in the 8.0.0-18 update, it appears that the “New 3DS” has the following changes:

They extended FCRAM from 128MB to 256MB.
They added another VRAM (?) of 4MB.

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Q: What kind of applications are pre-installed to the device?

A: The below applications will be included from the start.

  • Health & Safety Information
  • Nintendo 3DS Camera
  • Nintendo 3DS Sound
  • Mii Maker
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza
  • Nintendo eShop
  • AR Games
  • Face Raiders
  • Activity Log
  • Nintendo Zone
  • Download Play
  • System Settings

The Internet browser in New 3DS systems come with a pre-installed filter which limits what websites can be visited. Users can immediately turn it off for 30 yen ($0.29) by registering a valid credit card.

Nintendo says that the filter will be used to “prevent children from looking at harmful websites” on the New 3DS. The fee, which goes hand in hand with credit card registration, is necessary so that children cannot disable the filter without their parents’ consent.

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