Nintendo’s formula, like Apple’s, rarely disappoints. Since the Game Boy Advance days, we’ve come to expect at least three iterations of Nintendo’s handhelds per generation, and the 3DS XL will be the first redesign of the 3DS to hit store shelves.
Set to release July 28th in Japan and August 19th in the U.S., the 3DS XL will be cheaper than I had anticipated! Set at $199, this portable will tote a 4.88-inch 3D screen on top and a 4.18-inch lower touchscreen. As for the resolution of each, the 3D panel will have a 240×800 resolution and the touch panel will have a 240×320 resolution. Unfortunately, the resolution on both sounds inadequate, but will have to see it in person before we rule it out.
Check out Nintendo’s press release below:
A big year for the Nintendo 3DS system is about to get even bigger. In a Nintendo Direct video on June 21, Nintendo revealed plans to launch Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of Nintendo 3DS with 90 percent larger screens. When it becomes available across North America on Aug. 19 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, the new system will create even more immersive entertainment experiences for users, delivering a wealth of games and video content that can be enjoyed on the go.
Nintendo 3DS XL features an updated form factor and will be available in Red or Blue. The new system’s battery life outperforms that of the original Nintendo 3DS, and it comes bundled with a 4 GB SD card, which owners can use to store content such as downloadable games and videos from the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo 3DS XL launches on Aug. 19, the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2, a new installment in the fan-favorite Mario game series.
“No other hand-held entertainment experience compares to the fun of Nintendo 3DS,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “With the launch of Nintendo 3DS XL on Aug. 19, consumers will be able to enjoy the great lineup of current and upcoming games on an even grander scale. Plus, Nintendo 3DS XL gives owners even more real estate on their screens to enjoy entertainment applications like Nintendo Video and Netflix.”