Nintendo announces new, improved 3DS models

News Ryan Lambie
29 Aug 2014 - 12:41

Nintendo has announced a new edition of the 3DS, with a faster CPU and improved screen among its features...

Well, we didn't see this one coming, even though we've become used to seeing Satoru Iwata's cherubic face addressing us every so often via his company's Nintendo Direct presentations.

The big reveal this time was a new, improved Nintendo 3DS. Although the new model will look remarkably similar to the current one at first glance, it comes with a range of changes. These include a miniature circle pad above the regular buttons on the right and a faster CPU.

During the presentation, Iwata stated that the new 3DS' improved processing power will allow for faster downloads and loading times which, coupled with updated browsing software, should make the whole thing seem slicker and more pleasant to use.

Then there's a new generation of 3D screen, which will use the front-facing camera to track the player's movements, meaning the 3D image should remain sharp no matter what angle they view the screen from. The lower screen will also be compatible with Nintendo's forthcoming Amiibo range of characters (its answer to Skylanders); simply sit the figurine on the screen, and it'll read the data from it.

The new 3DS will also come with removable cover plates akin to a mobile phone, and a colourful commercial showed the range of covers we might see in the future, most of them decorated with familiar characters from Nintendo's back catalogue.

There are other improvements, too, such as a removable battery and a redesigned charger dock. Since the presentation was entirely in Japanese, we'll have to wait until we can get some more detailed technical specifications on the new 3DS, but we do know that it won't be long until it comes out in its native country.

The Japan launch date is the 11th October, with the standard 3DS priced at 16,000 yen (about £92), while the LL (or XL, as we call it) priced at around £110. There'll also be a Monster Hunter 4G edition priced at about £142.00.

We've no dates for the rest of the world yet, but we'll share further details as we get them.


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