Nintendo adds to its long history of successful portable gaming machines this February with the New Nintendo 3DS XL, a bigger, faster, stronger, and altogether NEWER version of the popular console. While already released internationally, gamers on the other side of the ocean have been clamoring for some news regarding the newly expanded system. But it was not until recently, both in a Nintendo Direct broadcast and in print ads, that we’ve learned the New Nintendo 3DS XL will be coming February 13th at a price point of $199 to stores across the United States!
So what exactly makes the New 3DS XL so new? Well for starters, the controls have been completely revamped, giving users a second circle-pad, a pair of Z-triggers, and an upgraded 3D interface with face-tracking so you won’t ever lose sync just by moving your head for a moment to cough, and you’ll finally be able to use the Amiibo that came with the system. All of this goodness is the perfect way to experience all of the other new games announced for the 3DS as of late, including a port of the Wii RPG hit Xenoblade, a 3DS exclusive, Majora’s Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and Codename: S.T.E.A.M, a steampunk tactical RPG. Additionally, the day of release will also see the launch of several special editions of New Nintendo 3DS XL, including one with Majora’s Mask-inspired art and a bundle featuring Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and a Monster Hunter-themed system available only at Gamestop that will retail for $229.99.
So for now, North America will be getting the latest Nintendo 3DS in the XL variety. No plans have been made by Nintendo of America to bring over the smaller New Nintendo 3DS complete with interchangeable faceplates. For more gaming news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @APGnation.