Nintendo just announced a whole bunch of new 3DS bundles for late 2014. But they’re not New 3DS bundles. They’re just new 3DS bundles.
Confused yet? Thanks to Nintendo’s baffling use of nomenclature, the next few years could be full of mixups like this. In Japan last month, Nintendo announced the New 3DS, a 3DS upgrade with new guts and a second analogue stick. Though it resembles the 3DS we’ve known and loved for the past few years, this New 3DS is actually a brand new piece of hardware, and it will even have at least one exclusive (a port of the Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles).
The New 3DS won’t be out in the West until next year or later though, which means that any 3DS bundles you might see this year are not the New 3DS. They’re just new 3DSes. So as you go shopping this Christmas, remember that even though the 3DS is totally worth buying, a big New upgrade could be imminent.
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