Nintendo to Release Larger 3DS XL in Japan Next Month, U.S. in August for $199
June 22, 2012 10:46 AM
comment(s) - last by
The 3DS XL will be a larger version with a 4.88-inch top screen and 4.18-inch bottom touchscreen
Nintendo's 3DS will be adopting a larger sibling next month, but it will be available in Japan only, at least initially.
At Nintendo's Direct presentation yesterday, CEO Satoru Iwata announced that an updated 3DS, called 3DS XL, will be released in Japan come July. The 3DS XL will be a larger version with a 4.88-inch top screen and 4.18-inch bottom touchscreen.
In addition to a size increase, the new 3DS XL will have a longer battery life and will come with a 4 GB SD card. At launch, it will be available in white, silver and black, and black and red.
The 3DS XL doesn't come with an AC adapter, but it is compatible with the 3DS and DSi XL adapters. Those without any of the above-mentioned handhelds will have to pick up a new one separately.
The 3DS was released in March 2011 and initially had
. Nintendo blamed the lackluster lineup of titles for the unimpressive sales, and decided to
slash the price of the 3DS
from $249.99 to $169.99 in August 2011.
After the cut in price, Nintendo saw a
boom in 3DS sales
. By March 2012, Nintendo was celebrating the 3DS' one year birthday with
4.5 million sales
Nintendo could really use the help, considering it posted its
first annual loss ever
in April 2012. The company reported an operating loss of 37.3 billion yen ($460.9 million USD) and a net loss of 43.2 billion yen ($532.5 million USD).
However, Nintendo is looking to make a comeback with new releases like the 3DS XL and the Wii U console, which will be coupled with its own
social network "Miiverse."
The 3DS XL will be released July 28 in Japan for $235 USD. The device will also land on U.S. shores on August 19 for $199.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
It's about time! (And when's it hit the states?)
6/22/2012 12:20:32 PM
The current 3DS isn't unusable...after all, I put up with the tiny Gameboy screen for over a decade. But it was HARD going from the PSP and DS XL to the 3DS. Even in pictures, his just looks sooooooooooooooooooo much nicer to be playing games on!
Yeah, adding a second stick would be nice...should have been included to begin with, but basically they need to just rule out developing games that need it...put them on Vita where they belong anyway.
But so long as 3DS has good exclusives, I'm thankful there's a model with MUCH more reasonable sized screens!
"I f***ing cannot play Halo 2 multiplayer. I cannot do it." -- Bungie Technical Lead Chris Butcher
Nintendo Introduces "Miiverse" Social Network
June 4, 2012, 11:00 AM
Nintendo Revenue Plummets, Posts Annual Loss for the First Time
April 26, 2012, 10:37 AM
Nintendo Celebrates 3DS Birthday with 4.5 Million Sales Milestone
March 7, 2012, 6:27 AM
3DS Sales Boom in Japan After Price Cut; Streamlined Wii to Launch in UK Before Christmas
August 17, 2011, 9:28 AM
Nintendo Announces Poor Q1 Earnings, Offers 3DS Price Cut After Weak Sales
July 28, 2011, 10:05 AM
Amazon Releases New and Refreshed Kindle Fire Tablets, Announces Fire OS 4
September 17, 2014, 10:23 PM
Apple Launches iOS 8 for iPads, iPhones
September 17, 2014, 1:54 PM
Apple Cripples NFC in iPhone 6, 6+ With Developer Ban
September 17, 2014, 1:00 PM
5.7" ZTE ZMAX "Phablet" Coming to T-Mobile Sept 24 for $252
September 17, 2014, 11:50 AM
Sony Forecasts $1.7B "Impairment Charge" Due to Poor Smartphone Sales
September 17, 2014, 9:40 AM
More Evidence Points Towards 1GB of RAM for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
September 16, 2014, 3:35 PM
Most Popular Articles
Dell Announces "World's Thinnest" Tablet: The Venue 8 7000 Series
September 11, 2014, 8:51 AM
Quick Note: Buy an Xbox One Sept 7-13, Get a Free Game
September 4, 2014, 10:42 AM
Apple Announces Its Smartwatch: The $349 Apple Watch
September 9, 2014, 2:09 PM
T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier 7.0, Beefs Up Wi-Fi Calling
September 11, 2014, 2:56 PM
Russian Hackers Compile List of 10+ Million Stolen Gmail, Yandex, Mailru
September 11, 2014, 11:41 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information