Nintendo has dropped an early morning bombshell by confirming a new handheld system: the Nintendo ‘New 3DS.’
Two variants of the system were announced during a Japanese Nintendo Direct: the ‘New 3DS’ and the ‘New 3DS LL’ (the 3DS LL is what Japan calls the 3DS XL model). The system is a slight revamp on the 3DS model, adding a nub-like C-stick to the right hand side of the game pad while also adding an extra set of triggers on the back of the system. The existing front four analog buttons have also been recolored to red, blue, yellow and green, paying an homage to the companies Super Nintendo history.
In addition to new buttons, the system will include a better CPU with increased speeds for enhanced eShop browsing and downloading, as well as an increase in the quality of stereoscopic 3D viewing. The game cartridge slot has been moved to the bottom front of the unit and NFC support has been added to the bottom touch screen – likely to support Nintendo’s upcoming Amiibo figurines.
Hardware changes mean that improved graphics can be created for games and that, according to Kotaku, titles like Xenoblade Chronicles will be exclusive to the new system. Titles like Monster Hunter 4 and Super Smash Bros. 3DS will also utilize the new C-stick in upcoming titles, potentially providing a superior experience.
The ‘New 3DS’ is listed to retail for 16,000 yen ($154) and the ‘New 3DS LL’ for 18,800 yen ($181) on October 11th in Japan. The unit was confirmed to not come to North America until 2015.