Nintendo 3DS XL comes to North America on August 19th


In this image released by Nintendo Co., Japanese game maker Nintendo's 3DS LL, left, and 3DS are shown. Nintendo has upgraded its 3DS handheld to sport a screen nearly twice as big as the previous model amid hot competition against smartphones and tablets that are wooing people away from dedicated gaming machines. (AP/AP)
June 22, 2012

Nintendo of America confirmed that the XL-sized Nintendo 3DS will be coming to North America this summer.

Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, confirmed the August 19th launch date during a Nintendo Direct presentation. The new system hits the same day as 3DS game New Super Mario Bros. 2.

The Nintendo 3DS XL will be priced at $199.99 and will include a 4GB memory card.

In Europe, the Nintendo 3DS XL will start shipping on July 28 alongside the launch of New Art Academy.

In North America, it appears the system will come in two color variations, blue and red.

In Europe, players will also have the option to purchase a silver 3DS XL.

The 3DS XL will boast a new 4.88 inch stereoscopic 3D display screen, an increase from the 3.53 inch screen in the current Nintendo 3DS model. The system's secondary display, the touchscreen, will also see a size increase from 3 inches to 4.18 inches.

The new system will also boast extended battery life. Nintendo estimates that the 3DS XL will offer 3.5 to 6.5 hours of play time with 3DS titles, six to ten hours when playing DS titles.

Nintendo of America reps tell Polygon that the 3DS XL will come with an AC adapter included, unlike its Japanese counterpart. The new package will not include an XL-sized charging cradle, however.

This article was originally published on theverge.com - Nintendo 3DS XL comes to North America on August 19th

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