New Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS XL

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The Wii U may be bleeding money for Nintendo, but its 3DS handheld business is still soaring high. With smartphones and tablets taking a huge bite from the handheld market, Nintendo’s not standing still. Say hello to the New 3DS and New 3DS XL.

This October 11, gamers living in Japan will be able to get their hands on the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. What’s new? There’s a new “C-Stick” button located on the right side above the ABXY buttons, which acts like a second analog stick (small, and kind of weird if you ask me), and ZL and ZR buttons.

The screens on both new handhelds will have “Super-Stable 3D” aka wider viewing angles (yes!). NFC is also built-in for use with Nintendo’s new amiibo NFC-equipped figurines.

The New 3DS’s screen is also larger — 3.88″ (versus 3.53″ on original 3DS) and includes swappable cover plates for extra customization.

Nintendo’s mum on when (or if these new 3DS models will hit the U.S. and Europe), only announcing them for Japan this fall. The New 3DS and New 3DS XL will be priced ¥16,000 (~$153)+ and ¥18,000 (~$173), respectively.

If you’re into Japanese games, these are probably going to put a smile on your face. One nice touch I’m digging is the SNES-colored ABXY buttons. Now that’s slick.

Price: ¥16,000 (~$153)+
Source: Nintendo Japan

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