At PAX Prime 2014, Nintendo announces the New 3DS.
The New Nintendo 3DS (Japanese: Newニンテンドー3DS Hepburn: Nyū Nintendō Surī Dī Esu) and New Nintendo 3DS XL (New Nintendo 3DS LL (Newニンテンドー3DS LL) in Japan) are handheld game consoles developed by Nintendo. They are the fourth and fifth systems in the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld consoles, following the original Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo 3DS XL, and the Nintendo 2DS. Improvements upon the previous models include additional stick and button controls, improved screen technology, and higher performance. The systems are scheduled for release in Japan on October 10, 2014, with an international release expected in 2015.
New Upgrades: The New Nintendo 3DS feature various changes from the original Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL. The most notable addition is the inclusion of an analog control stick on the right hand side of the console, referred to as the C-Stick, and additional ZL and ZR shoulder buttons, allowing for additional control similar to the Circle Pad Pro add-on peripheral released for the original Nintendo 3DS. The system features facial camera tracing that follows the player’s line of sight, expanding the range of angles from which players can view the system’s stereoscopic 3D effect. Other features include automatic brightness toggling based on environmental lighting, built-in NFC technology for use with Amiibo figures, and wireless transfer of media files between the handheld and a PC. Inside the system, a more powerful CPU has been included, which allows faster download speeds and improved graphical capability. Memory storage has been changed from SD cards to Micro SD cards, installed at the back of the system. An improved web browser now includes video playback support, as well as a built-in Internet content filter active by default which can be disabled with the registration of a credit card, intended to prevent children from visiting mature websites. Both systems feature improved battery life.
The systems feature a slightly refined design, featuring colored face buttons resembling the Super Famicom‘s color scheme. The New Nintendo 3DS’s screen is 1.2 times the size of the original Nintendo 3DS, while the New Nintendo 3DS XL’s screen is the same size as its predecessor. Both systems’ bodies are slightly larger than their previous iterations, with the New Nintendo 3DS XL weighing slightly less than the previous 3DS XL. The system’s game card slot, stylus holder, and power button are located at the base of the system. The standard New Nintendo 3DS features interchangeable front and back plates, allowing owners to customize the appearance of their handhelds.
Like other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family, the New Nintendo 3DS systems are backward compatible with all Nintendo 3DS game software, with the system’s additional controls and CPU power being available to new games. As with predecessors, the systems are backwards compatible with the majority of Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi software, except for games that require the use of the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot. Due to the difference in size, peripherals designed to fit the shape of the original Nintendo 3DS cannot be used with the New Nintendo 3DS. The new systems will use the same AC adaptor as the previous models, which is sold separately. Game data can be transferred from a previous 3DS system to a New Nintendo 3DS, either manually or wirelessly, though data from New Nintendo 3DS systems can’t be transferred to older systems.
Taking advantage of these systems’ additional CPU power, certain games such as Xenoblade Chronicles, are being developed exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS systems. These titles will not be compatible with previous Nintendo 3DS systems.
Source: Nintendo Direct/PAX Prime 2014.
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