Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has unveiled a new, larger 3DS model during the company’s Nintendo Direct event.
Nintendo 3DS XL increases the size of the handheld’s top screen from 3.58 inches to 4.88 inches, and the lower screen from 3.02 inches to 4.18 inches. The 3DS XL is 46 percent larger than the original at 93x156x22mm and a weight of 336 grams, compared to the 74x134x21mm and 235 grams of the original 3DS.
The XL will feature an improved battery life of 3 to 6.5 hours when playing 3DS games and 5 to 8 hours for DS games. Oddly enough the new model doesn’t include a second directional nub, meaning a revised version of the Circle Pad Pro will be required to play certain games. The 3DS XL will go on sale alongside New Super Mario Bros. 2 on August 19, and will retail for $199. It will release in North America in red and blue.
As reported by: EGM