The New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS XL are now available outside of Japan, as the hardware launches in Australia and New Zealand over the weekend. The launch, which coincides with the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, prompted midnight parties in both countries.
The New Nintendo 3DS (yeah we hate the name too) is available for a suggested price of AU$220 (you may be able to find cheaper if you shop around), and features a number of hardware improvements, including a screen 1.2 times larger than the original 3DS. We’re particularly fond of the Cover Plates, which mean you can easily customise your handheld, without bothering with messy stickers.
The New 3DS XL is sold for (suggested) AU$250 – and while it doesn’t have Cover Plates, it does have a massive, 4.88 inch screen.
Both of them feature NFC technology so you’ll be able to use Amiibo with them, as well as a web browser that supports HTML 5. Nintendo has also taken big steps when it comes to 3D: The technology is now super-stable, and the built-in, front-facing cameras will adjust the angle of the display if you move your head (or the handheld) while you’re playing.
Inside, there’s also been some tweaks:
There will be exclusive software developed for New Nintendo 3DS consoles which utilises the improved CPU performance.
…that means there will be games released exclusively for the New 3DS family – the first will be a remake of Wii title Xenoblade Chronicles.
If you are planning on grabbing a New 3DS/XL, keep in mind that they do not ship with a charger. You’ll need to buy an AC adapter separately, regardless of which handheld you buy (it’ll set you back AU$15) – or, if you have an older model 3DS, 2DS or DSi, you can use that cable instead.