Nintendo Announces 3DS XL - 90% Larger ScreensCategory: Gaming
Posted: June 21, 2012 11:23PM
Earlier in the evening Nintendo held its Nintendo Direct broadcast, possibly as a means to appease fans disappointed from the E3 conference. There were plenty of announcements that you will hear about, but one of the bigger ones is the news of a Nintendo 3DS XL. This new 3DS features screens that are 90% larger than the original 3DS, hence the XL moniker. It will launch on August 19th for $199.99 (same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2), so it will be the perfect thing for the back to school crowd. The top screen on the 3DS XL measures in at 4.88", up from 3.53", while the bottom screen is now at 4.18" instead of 3.02". This is a pretty similar jump from the DSi to the DSi XL, and just like those consoles, the screen resolution of the 3DS XL will remain the same as the 3DS. This will allow for games to appear the same, but it may lessen the overall quality in the long run.
Nintendo does promise the battery life of the 3DS XL will last longer than the 3DS, most likely because of a larger battery. The 3DS XL will last between three and a half and six and a half hours during 3DS games instead of three to five on the 3DS, while DS games will get a battery life of six to ten instead of five to eight. The battery will need three and a half hours to fully charge, so be sure to budget for that during longer play sessions.
The Nintendo 3DS XL will be available in blue and red colors, and will come bundled with an AC adapter and 4GB SD card.