New Nintendo 3DS Revealed During Japanese Nintendo Direct

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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New Nintendo 3DS | comparison

Shulk is not the only star of today’s Japanese Nintendo Direct. Nintendo has announced a brand new model of 3DS systems called the “New” Nintendo 3DS. There will be both a regular size and an XL (LL) variant. These handhelds will have screens that are said to be 1.2 times larger than the regular 3DS systems. Below, you can see some of the dimensions and how they compare to the “Old” 3DS models.

New Nintendo 3DS | Dimensions New Nintendo 3DS | comparison

One major feature is the addition of a 2nd analog stick! Now you no longer need to purchase a circle pad and attach it to your console. Right above the A/B/X/Y buttons, Nintendo put a stick that is based off the C-stick from the GameCube controller.

New Nintendo 3DS | C-Stick

Notice how the colors of the buttons are like the Super Famicom? Probably not a coincidence.

ZR and LR buttons have also been added to the device next to the R and L buttons. In addition, Nintendo claims the 3D viewing angles have been improved to have an easier time viewing the 3D effect that the handheld is so proud of.

New Nintendo 3DS | comparison New Nintendo 3DS | comparison

Other improvements include a 7 hour battery life, compatibility with microSD cards and NFC (get the amiibos ready!), HTML5 support for the web browser, filters for younger users,  the ability to back up data to a PC wirelessly, customizable covers and an improved CPU which will allow content to be downloaded faster and for games like Xenoblade Chronicles to be played on it. You heard me right: this handheld will be getting brand new games developed specifically for it and Xenoblade is one of them.

The New Nintendo 3DS will be compatible with your regular 3DS games and will be released in Japan on October 11, 2014. The New Nintendo 3DS will cost 16,000 yen(~$154) while the New Nintendo 3DS LL will cost 18,800 yen(~$180). The new handhelds are not expected to be released outside of Japan this year. We will probably hear more about releases in those regions later on in the year.

Check out its introduction during the Nintendo Direct here.


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  • Vinicius

    I think this model exists only for Xenoblade.

    • Giordan

      and Smash… maybe.

    • Vinicius

      Smash will work on the older model, Xenoblade work’s only on this one.

    • Giordan

      Well, this uses Amiibos, so…

  • Jeremy Barnes

    Nintendo really enjoys screwing their fans over and over

    • Giordan

      With your logic, the DSi was “screwing over fans”

  • Vallen

    wait hang on, I got the regular 3DS XL, so will future 3DS games not work with my older version of the handheld?? dafuq

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      I think it’s gonna be like with the DSi. It’ll have some games that use the new features, meaning that the old system won’t be able to play it. At least, that’s what I think it will be with what we know.

    • Billy Bass

      That’s the way I understood it as well. The majority of the games remained playable on it.

    • Thanatos2k

      It looks more like the PS4. Most games will still be made for the PS3, but gradually they will shift, until all games are on the PS4.

      Make no mistake, your 3DS is now an obsolete.

    • onepiecem7


    • Thanatos2k

      What’s stupid are people who think that’s not what’s is happening here.

    • Thanatos2k

      They will not. It is an entirely new handheld hardware.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      They will. This is an upgrade, more comparable to the N64 expansion pak than to a new system.

    • Thanatos2k

      The N64 expansion pack did not cost $150 and require you to purchase an entirely new N64. It was a peripheral. And it was free with DK64.

      This is not anywhere close to that.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      It’s more expensive, but other than that it’s almost exactly the same. Just like with the expansion pak, there will be a few games you need it to play, but most will work on the original hardware. In other words, you’ll only need to upgrade if you want to play one of the few games that require it. Right now the only game is a port.

    • Thanatos2k

      How is it almost exactly the same? Can I buy something that I can install into my already existing 3DS to upgrade it?

      No? Then it’s not the same AT ALL.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      No, but like the expansion pak, you don’t need the new 3DS unless you want to play a handful of games that require it. Only 3 games required the expansion pak on the N64, and the number of games that require the new 3DS will probably be similarly low.

    • Thanatos2k

      The point of the expansion pack is that you didn’t need to buy a new N64 to play those games.

      Here, you WILL have to buy a new $150 DS.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      Yes, but the point is that you only needed the expansion for a small handful of games, and the new 3DS will be the same way.

      And yes, the new 3DS costs more than the expansion, but it’s worth pointing out that the N64 itself cost about $300 at launch, counting inflation. If you got the 3DS after its price drop, it started at $170, and the new 3DS looks like it will be cheaper. In other words, buying a 3DS 3 years ago, and a new 3DS next year will cost about as much as buying an N64 and an expansion pak did back then.

      Also, the expansion came out only 2 years after the N64, while the current 3DS has lasted over 3 years, and will probably be at least 4 before the new model comes out in the West. The N64 lasted a total of 5 years before being replaced by the Gamecube. The new 3DS suggests the 3DS will live longer than 5 years.

    • Thanatos2k

      You have absolutely no idea whether the new 3DS “will be the same way” and it undermines your argument.

      If there’s only going to be a few games that makes it even MORE of a rip off!

    • TrueWiiMaster

      If that’s true, then the fact that you have no idea whether the new 3DS won’t be the same way undermines your argument too.

      Not really. It’s an optional upgrade. Right now its only exclusive is a port, and all of its new features (except the faster processor and better 3D, of course) are available as accessories for the current 3DS. An optional upgrade can’t really be a rip-off. It’s optional. Besides, the new 3DS looks like it will be cheaper than the current 3DS.

      Also, keep in mind that if not for the new 3DS, any exclusives it gets simply wouldn’t happen. Would you prefer games to exist on the new 3DS, or not exist at all?

    • Thanatos2k

      We know, right now, that there will be game(s) that require you to purchase a $150 new handheld to play them.

      Thus we KNOW it is an entirely new hardware handheld line. So my original statement that you disputed is entirely correct. Why are you arguing with me again?

    • TrueWiiMaster

      Actually, we don’t. All we know at the moment is that you have to buy a new 3DS to play Xenoblade on the 3DS. You don’t have to buy a new 3DS to play Xenoblade, though, since it’s a port of a Wii game (a port that wouldn’t be possible without the new 3DS btw).

      Again, no. It’s a slightly stronger upgrade of the 3DS, but it’s still the 3DS. Most future games will come to the original 3DS, and the new model will get a handful of exclusives that wouldn’t be possible on the original hardware, much like the expansion pak on the N64.

      I’m arguing with you because you said that future 3DS games won’t be playable on the current 3DS, which is completely untrue.

      And you never answered my question. Would you prefer games to exist on the new 3DS, or not exist at all?

    • Thanatos2k

      If you want to play the new release of Xenoblade (new content unconfirmed) you MUST buy a new 3DS. Stop with the semantical nonsense just because you lost the argument.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      Yes, but the fact remains that Xenoblade isn’t an exclusive, but a port, and one that’s playable on current hardware for that matter. If you want to play Xenoblade, you don’t need to buy a 3DS. If you want to play it on the road, you do.

      And again, Xenoblade wouldn’t even exist on the 3DS if not for the new 3DS. You’re complaining that you have to buy a new 3DS to get Xenoblade on the 3DS, when the new 3DS is the only reason the game can even come to the system. If not for the new 3DS, the port wouldn’t happen, and you wouldn’t be able to get it at all.

      And I’m not getting “semantical”, nor have I lost the argument. The new 3DS is indeed an optional upgrade, and at this point, we have no reason to believe that it will have more than a few “exclusives”.

    • Thanatos2k

      What does it matter that it’s a port? It’s nearly impossible to find in its original form.

      If you want to play it ON A HANDHELD, you have no choice. Stop the semantic nonsense and admit defeat.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      Actually, it’s not that hard to find. I’ve seen it in at least 3 of my local Gamestops, where it sells for $50. Others have said the same thing. That’s why people thought there might have been a reprint. For about $15 more you can buy it on Amazon.

      That’s true, but the fact remains that you don’t need to buy a 3DS to play Xenoblade, and if not for the new 3DS the handheld version wouldn’t even exist (much like games that required the N64 expansion). You’re complaining about a system getting exclusives that wouldn’t exist without the system.

      And why won’t you answer my question? Would you prefer games to exist on the new 3DS, or not exist at all?

    • Thanatos2k

      Stop lying. It’s going new for more than its MSRP on ebay for a reason. Gamestop was opening new copies just so they could sell them for MORE as used, remember?

      It’s like saying you can still find a copy of the PS1 version of Suikoden 2. Sure, you “can.” But people are still mad they never ported the PSP version for a reason.

      I would prefer that Nintendo create an entirely new hardware platform and treat it as such, not this halfway half baked confusingly marketed pile of garbage.

      If they want to make their next gen handheld, do it. This is NOT it. And it should not exist.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      I’m not lying. I literally found it at at least 3 local Gamestops for $50, used but complete. A complete used copy starts at about $65 on Amazon. For $100-120 you could get a Wii and a copy of Xenoblade.

      There are big differences between Xenoblade on the 3DS and Suikoden on the PSP. For one, Suikoden on the PSP came out almost a decade after Suikoden 2, and more than a decade after Suikoden 1. Even in Japan, it has only been 4 years since Xenoblade’s release. Suikoden on the PSP had improved graphics. Xenoblade on the 3DS looks worse than the original (much lower resolution, and it looks like there’s even more popping). And finally, unlike Suikoden on the PSP, Xenoblade on the 3DS probably will come West.

      So basically, you’re mad that Nintendo didn’t make a system that would replace your 3DS, instead making a system that’s an optional upgrade? You wanted all future games to not work on your 3DS instead of just a few? You could just not buy the new 3DS, and wait to play its exclusives until you buy the inevitable true successor, which will almost certainly be backwards compatible.

    • Broswagonist

      Neither of you have any idea how many games will only be playable on the New 3DS. This entire argument is more irrelevant than the new handheld.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      Not for certain, no, but if Nintendo was going to make all future games exclusive to the new 3DS, they’d be calling it a successor, not an upgrade. Unless they want to lose the entire 3DS consumer base and start new, they’d need to keep most future games compatible with the current 3DS. As I’ve been saying, there will likely be very few games exclusive to the new 3DS.

    • Broswagonist

      That’s entirely speculation based on semantics, though.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      It is speculative, but it’s based on more than just semantics. Like I said, if Nintendo makes most future games exclusive to the new 3DS, they lose the established base they’ve spent almost 4 years building. Since the main goal is to make money, it’s logical to think they’ll want as big a base as possible, which means making games that work on both systems.

    • Giordan

      This is more like the DSi/DSi XL

  • Billy Bass

    That’s it! I’m holding off on buying a 3DS until this bad boy comes State-side. I’ll definitely buy the LL model. Maybe we’ll get crazy lucky and there will be a Monster Hunter bundle or something similar with LL in it.

  • Thanatos2k

    This is an ENTIRELY NEW console. Games made for it will NOT be playable on the regular 3DS. Nintendo’s marketing department hasn’t learned a damn thing from the Wii U debacle.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      Wrong. Nintendo will continue to make most games for the current 3DS, while a few particularly demanding games will only work on the new 3DS. This is an upgrade, not the 3DS’s successor.

    • Giordan

      This is more like the DSi.

    • Thanatos2k

      1. The DSi was a disaster, so it better not be like the DSi.

      2. I don’t remember the DSi having any games of worth, so no big loss. Xenoblade is a big loss.

    • onepiecem7

      The DSi was cool, and some games were great.

    • Giordan

      1. DSi did pretty well, actually.
      2. It did have 4 games on it.

  • Infophile

    Let’s just hope Nintendo actually plans to localize the Xenoblade port. With the limited run of the original, there are a lot of Stateside fans who never got a chance to play it.