- Nintendo 3DS Direct 29.8.2014 (Japan)
Seemingly the only company in existence that is able to keep a secret these days, Nintendo unveiled the “new” 3DS and 3DS XL in their Nintendo Direct Japan presentation today.
We thought Nintendo would never add a second analogue stick to the 3DS, and it turns out we were right. What they have added is a little nub which looks similar to those you get on laptops like ThinkPads. I hate those things, so let’s see how this works shall we?
Other buttons that have changed include the home, select and start buttons which are now more like their home console controllers. You can’t add another analogue control without squeezing in two more shoulder buttons can you? I predict crab fingers.
The power button, stylus, cartridge slot and SD card slot have all moved to the bottom of the console. The latter has been changed to a micro-SD slot which will hopefully allow sizes greater than 32GB.
They’ve thrown in a faster network connection so you’ll be downloading things much faster. The web browser has been updated so it’s also faster and has better compatibility with websites/porn. Speaking of which, you’ll now need to pay approximately 30 Japanese Yen (or 30 cents) to stop Nintendo filtering your internet connection so you can actually look at some.
The top screen sees an upgrade giving better viewing angles for the 3D effect. This is good news to the people you sit next to on the train or bus on your commute to work. Screen sizes for the XL remain the same while the smaller console received a tiny increase when compared with the original 3DS or 2DS.
We’d previously seen a potential amiibo adapter for the 3DS but this “new” model has NFC built right in. I’m assuming Nintendo won’t alienate the millions already with 3DS consoles and still release the peripheral when amiibo is out. Stranger things have happened though.
Which leads us on to the fact that apparently the CPU has received an upgrade. How much of an upgrade was undisclosed but it means Xenoblade is now able to run on the 3DS so those without the “new” version will be shulking in a corner (geddit?!). That’s right, Xenoblade is “new” 3DS only. Let’s hope Nintendo don’t go this route for every future release otherwise this might as well have called this a new generation of handheld.
The smaller of the “new” 3DS consoles will allow for interchangeable front and rear plates while the XL features a lovely metallic sheen which I think looks reminiscent of the DSi.
The console is out in Japan on October 10th, in time for Smash Bros. but looks like the rest of the world will have to wait until 2015.