How The New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up To The Original 3DS

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

Today in Japan, Nintendo released a new Nintendo 3DS — er, make that, the New Nintendo 3DS. I bought one for Kotaku, so let's see how it sizes up to its predecessor.

At last month's Tokyo Game Show, I checked out the New Nintendo 3DS XL and was quite impressed with what I saw. While I've only had the NN3DS for a few hours, you can expect more detailed impressions later this week.

Until then, here are some photos that should give you a good idea of just how big the NN3DS lines up to the 3DS. Hint:

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

And here are comparison pics of the actual hardware:

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS
How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS
How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS
How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

One of my favourite things so far about the New Nintendo 3DS is that it's covered in matte plastic. The handheld is smooth and easy to the touch. While I like the way the original 3DS looks, the plastic can get sweaty after extended periods of play. Those who like a glossy plastic can swap out the faceplates to something else.

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

Though, I worry that this will easily absorb dirt and grime.

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

The NN3DS screen makes the one old's look much smaller. But this pic might make it hard to tell.

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

Better?

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

There we go. This is easy to understand.

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

There's a new Home button.

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

The face buttons compare like so.

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

Once again, I like this matte plastic.

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

I believe the Dpads are the same, but the NN3DS doesn't sported a Dpad that's coated like the original 3DS does — and which started to look "wrinkled" for some players.

The rubber covering the NN3DS's Slide Pad looks slightly different. Hopefully, that will help Slide Pad issues.

Here's a closer look at the Dpad:

How the New Nintendo 3DS Stacks Up to the Original 3DS

The New Nintendo 3DS's screen is 1.5 times bigger than the original 3DS's screen. The handheld has a new C-Stick as well as new ZL and ZR should buttons. There are also new software features for the New Nintendo 3DS, Amiibo support, and better battery life.

The New Nintendo 3DS was released in Japan on October 11, 2014. It is slated for a November release in Australia. No word yet for an exact North American or European release date.


Comments

    Despite it going on sale next month, I'm going to have to wait for the black one. I like the black surround for better 3d viewing.

    Gonna grab the new XL after having the original 3ds. Hopefully the hand cramps will lessen.

    The colour on white SNES model is too much, must buy.
    My first non-black handheld ever!

    I'm having a hard time buying into the "new" 3ds without knowing if there will be many games that need it and without knowing how long until their next handheld generation.

    can you shift downloaded games to a new handheld now?
    if not then i will stick to my original 3ds

    I have a New Nintendo 3DS XL and want to ask about why the paint on it is falling off and how I can stop that from happening also does Nintendo repair the paint job on a 3DS??

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