So Far, Japan Prefers The New Nintendo 3DS XL

So Far, Japan Prefers The New Nintendo 3DS XL

The New Nintendo 3DS went on sale in Japan last Saturday. You could either get the regular-sized one or the larger New Nintendo 3DS XL. Which did most gamers in Japan purchase? The XL, it seems.

Famitsu reports that during its first week on sale (which is, in reality, last Saturday and Sunday), a total of 233,483 New Nintendo 3DS units went on sale. That breaks down to 61,151 New Nintendo 3DS handhelds and 172,332 New Nintendo 3DS XL handhelds. Meaning? The larger XL is, so far, the favourite among Japanese consumers. Above you can see the two new handhelds in a Sankei Photo at an Osaka retailer.

And, below, you can see how the New Nintendo 3DS XL compares with the Nintendo 3DS XL. Note that the screens are the same size (however, the regular-sized NN3DS has a bigger screen than the Nintendo 3DS). Also, the XL, which is called “LL” in Japan, does not have removable faceplates.

It’s worth noting that Nintendo also released a special New Nintendo 3DS XL bundle with Monster Hunter 4G, which probably bumped those XL numbers quite a bit. But, for now, bigger is better. At least for the NN3DS XL.

初週販売本数は161.8万本、Newニンテンドー3DS初週販売台数は23.3万台 [Famitsu]
立体映像が鮮明に遊びやすく 任天堂が新3DS発売 不振のゲーム機てこ入れ [Sankei News]

Picture: Sankei News


  • Tossing up getting an XL, but finding that the 2DS I bought ‘for my daughter’ is actually pretty neat. I might just stick with that for now.

  • Have to be an XL for me, the normal one is just too small, even so I still get a sore thumb from pushing buttons, but it’s still better than the normal 3DS.

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