I’ve expressed it before, but as an OG 3DS user, I’m getting frustrated with mine. The system’s hinges creak, the black gloss face makes games hard to see under bright lighting, and the bottom screen box makes marks on the top screen. I’ve been waiting to upgrade, but I felt that the XL wasn’t worth it. However, the new console announced for Japan in August is finally coming our way.
In the latest Nintendo Direct, NoA President Reggie Fils-Amie announced that the New Nintendo 3DS XL is coming to North America on February 13th. The regular New 3DS won’t be coming to North America, but both will be available in Europe on the same day.
For those who don’t know, the New 3DS family brings quite a few much needed enhancements. For starters, the system uses face-tracking technology to dynamically adjust the 3D effect, meaning that you no longer need to look at the center of the screen to get the effect. This is supported by an enhanced CPU that also speeds up navigation, load times for programs, and increases download speeds.
The button layout has also had a redesign as well as new buttons added in. The most obvious is the new C-Stick, a nub placed above the ABXY buttons that allows for analog camera control. ZL/ZR buttons and built-in NFC support rounds out the control scheme.
As expected, the new features will bring enhancements to the current and future libraries of games. Load times for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS are improved and the NFC support enables Amiibo play that mirrors the Wii U version. Games that previously supported the Circle Pad Pro like Steel Diver: Sub Wars and Resident Evil: Revelations will have C-Stick functionality. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will make use of all of the control features, including the ZL/ZR buttons.
New software that also makes use of the enhanced CPU of the New 3DS is Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, a port of the Wii title. Previously revealed in August with the Japan 3DS announcement, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be coming a lot sooner that you think, in April 2015.
Two special edition New 3DS systems will also be launching alongside their respective games on Feb 13th. The Majora’s Mask Edition isn’t restricted, but the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition will be exclusive to GameStop.
With a wealth of information coming from the latest Nintendo Direct, the Western launch of the New Nintendo 3DS is the icing on the cake. I for one have been anticipating this, but I didn’t expect it to come so soon. Parroting Nintendo of America’s tweet, February 13th is only 30 days away.