New 3DS and 3DS designs announced

Today, Nintendo has revealed a redesign for the 3DS and 3DS XL featuring an additional directional button and trigger, along with NFC support.

Referred to simply as the “New 3DS” and “New 3DS XL”, the refreshed handheld models purport to feature an improved screen enabling the 3D effects to be viewed from more angles than before. They also boast improved CPU, a longer battery life and a nod to the SNES with a colour change to the A, B, X and Y buttons.

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Despite the new additions, the handhelds will be the same size as the ones currently available. A new C-button (the little grey nub above the A/B/X/Y buttons) grants the ability to control games with dual analogue controls, while a micro SD card slot and NFC-technology are also part of the package. Interestingly, this means the planned NFC reading device the company’s talked about in relation to its new Amiibo range is likely only relevant for older models. Also easy customisation seems to be included with the ability to change the face plates.

Excited about this new models? Unfortunately Nintendo UK PR has confirmed we won’t see it before 2015, but a Japanese release is expected on October 11th. Nintendo has also announced 38 new faceplates for the smaller version. The prices range from 1,000 – 3,000 yen, roughly $10 – $30 USD.

Finally, a new 3DS firmware update should crop up soon, bringing with it the ability to change your devices theme. Classic Mario and The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds are the only ones seen so far.

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