Nintendo unveils the 3DS XL


Nintendo unveils the 3DS XL
Plus other big announcements.
It was rumoured that Nintendo would be showcasing the 3DS XL at E3, but the company held this announcement back until its Nintendo Direct announcement. The console will be released on July 28th in Europe and Japan, and August 19th in North America. It features a 4.88 inch screen, making it 90 per cent larger than the current 3DS' screen. The console will ship in three colours: red, blue, and silver. The 3DS XL will retail for $199.99.

Nintendo promises that the 3DS XL will have a longer battery life of 3.5-6.5 hours for 3DS games, and 6-10 hours for DS titles. Be warned though, Nintendo will not be packaging the 3DS XL with an AC adaptor, although if you are upgrading the 3DS XL will be compatible with 3DS, DSi, and DS XL AC adapters. Instead, Nintendo plans to sell the peripheral separately along with the charging cradle.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and New Art Academy will be available from console launch, while the North American launch will coincide with the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Nintendo also mentioned a number of other games over the course of the video for a variety of systems. Everyone’s favourite pink ball, Kirby, is set to celebrate his 20th Anniversary with the release of Kirby’s Dream Collection Special Edition for Wii. The package comes with six Kirby titles including the three Dream Land titles, Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby 64: the Crystal Shards. The game will also include a variety of challenge courses, based on Kirby’s Return to Dream Land.

Pokémon Black & White 2 was explored in a little more detail. The game takes place two years after the original game, and will feature older Pokémon from the outset, classic gym leaders, and in-game tournaments. Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro will be released in the eShop for download. The Pokémon Dream Radar will allow players to catch rare Pokémon and transfer them to their copy of Black 2 or White 2.

Nintendo also covered games such as Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Fire Emblem: Awakening. More information about these titles and some footage is available from the Nintendo Direct website.

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