Nintendo Just Announced A New 3DS, And It Has Another Analogue Stick

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

It's called the New Nintendo 3DS. It's faster with bigger screens and better battery life. It also has a new analogue pad called the "C-stick." Wow! This sounds great.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The New Nintendo 3DS comes in White and Black. There is also a New Nintendo 3DS XL that comes in Metallic Blue and Metallic Black. Note that in Japan, the 3DS XL is called the "3DS LL."

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The New 3DS also has colourful, revamped face buttons.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

Look familiar?

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

That's no accident. Nintendo designed the buttons with the Super Famicom controller in mind. And here are the New 3DS XL buttons, which should also look familiar:

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

While the new analogue stick is called, well, the C-stick, Nintendo exec Satoru Iwata says it is closer to a button. It was designed with the GameCube's C-stick in mind. According to Iwata, the new C-stick is easy to use.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The new C-stick will be used in Dragon Quest X: Online, Final Fantasy Explorers, and Monster Hunter 4G to control the in-game camera function, and in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS to unleash Smash Attacks.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The game card slot, however, has been moved to the front left side.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

Here, you can see the power button and where the touch pen is housed.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.
Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

This, of course, is the back of the New 3DS.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The touch pens.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The New Nintendo 3DS has a new function, which is a cool and welcome change -- the screen can automatically adjust brightness depending on the lighting.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

Using this function isn't only easy, but it means better battery life.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The New Nintendo 3DS also has an improved 3D function. With the original 3DS, if you viewed the 3D effect from the side and didn't stay in the "sweet spot," the 3DS became all blurred.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

However, the New 3DS has improved 3D, enabling players to continue to see the 3D effect even if viewed from an angle. Nintendo figured out how to stabilise the 3D. How? Well...

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The New 3DS uses the portable's camera and gyro sensors to track the player's face.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.
Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

And the New 3DS can then make adjustments, ensuring the 3D effect isn't blurred.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The New Nintendo 3DS is also equipped with a NFC reader/writer in its bottom screen, which means players can put Amiibo toys directly on the portable to have the New 3DS read them.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

For those who need extra storage, the New 3DS will use a Micro SD card, which is located under the portable's covering.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

The New 3DS also has a more powerful CPU, which means players can download games and content quicker.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

This means that better-looking games can be developed for the New 3DS, but also that there will be New 3DS-exclusive titles, such as the already-announced Xenoblade Chronicles.

The New Nintendo 3DS is priced at 16,000 yen ($154) and the New Nintendo 3DS XL is priced at 18,800 yen ($181). Both will be out October 11 in Japan. Nintendo didn't say anything about plans to bring the console to the U.S. other than that it will not happen in 2014.

Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS. It Has Another Analogue Stick.

Comments

    Annoyed. This past time is getting way to expensive. Everyone is jumping on the 'throw away tech' band wagon and I'm getting sick of a cycle of obsoletion. It that isn't a word it certainly is now.

    Why not call it the super 3ds, wasted opportunity!

    "Hey our handheld is selling pretty well, let's split the userbase"

    I still use the original 3DS so will upgrade to the new XL only if I can get a good deal and there's an exclusive game I want.

    It's a shame that they upped the CPU, otherwise people with an existing 3DS could presumably get the circle pad pro to make theirs equivalent to the new model.

      The exclusive part is exactly why they do that. They will try to force people to upgrade by only releasing the most popular games on the newer one. This actually makes me really sad.

      I kind of like that they are trying to make the 3D slightly practical though personally I wish they'd abandon it altogether. I still feel it adds very little and is not worth what you lose. But that's very much a personal opinion.

    My girlfriend still has the original 3DS and it's getting pretty shocking with it's battery life these days. Pretty sure I'll offload my XL onto her and pick up the new 3DSXL.

    Hey nintendo, less consoles, more games to support your damn console. You're going out of business because no one wants to play 3rd party nintendo games. Is it just me or does nintendo not listen to it's consumers?

    Torn! I want the coloured buttons with the blue XL!

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