Are you one of the folks who weren’t tempted by the 3DS the first time round. Even after Nintendo dropped the price down to not a lot more than £100?
If so, then Nintendo is making a move it hopes will encourage more punters still to pick up a handheld which boasts glasses-free 3D.
The company has pushed out a super-sized 3DS XL model, and this will have twin displays which are considerably larger than the current 3DS’ screens.
Currently, the main screen is 3.5 inches, and the touchscreen below 3 inches – that will be upped to 4.9 inches for the main display, and 4.2 inches for the touchscreen, a considerably increase in screen real estate.
The 3DS XL will sell for $199 in the US, according to the BBC, although no price has been announced for the UK. We’d imagine it’ll probably be around the £170 mark, given that currently the basic 3DS has settled at around £125.
The other major benefit of a bigger device is the fact that Nintendo can fit a larger battery. That means instead of 3 to 4 hours of battery life when 3D gaming, we should be looking at 6 hours worth (settings dependent), again a considerable improvement.
The new device will also come with a 4GB SD card, doubling up on the original’s capacity, although it won’t feature a second circle pad controller. Naturally, the XL is also going to weigh a bit more, and be just a little less portable.
Nintendo’s 3DS XL will be out on July 28th in Europe and Japan, and will follow on August 19th in the US.