During a press event last night, Nintendo unveiled the first (of many most likely) revisions to the 3DS. The new model, the Nintendo 3DS XL features larger screens much like the DSI XL did, and it looks a little closer visually to the Wii U.
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.
I’m really happy to hear about the larger screens, especially for the stereoscopic 3D effects, but where’s the second analog stick? Would Nintendo really have missed the opportunity to include that second analog stick in an effort to see if that attachment for the original 3DS takes off? Someone in Nintendo’s R&D department is seriously failing their company; as well us, the consumers. Still, larger screens could only make the 3DS experience better, so I’m hopeful that we’ll see the 3DS XL continue Nintendo’s commitment to making the 3DS the best possible handheld experience it can be.