This must come as a surprise to pretty much no one; Nintendo have announced a slightly updated version of the 3DS. Boy, I really hope none of you bought a 3DS recently.
The 3DS XL does what it says on the tin; it’s the 3DS, but it’s bigger. The screens are 90% bigger than those of the original 3DS. Just like the 3DS, the bottom screen is a touch screen while the top is a slightly larger non-touch screen.
The new updated XL comes in three colours – sliver and black, red and black, blue and black – and comes with a free 4GB SD card.
There’s no second analogue stick or circle pad, a feature which fans have been crying out for for a while now, so if you buy the 3DS XL you’re really only getting an upgrade in screen size. Nintendo release updated versions of their handheld consoles a lot, so duel sticks or pads will be the next one, then.
Europe and Japan 3Ds XLs will be shipping without AC adaptors, because Nintendo assume you probably already own a 3DS. If you don’t and you want a 3DS XL, I guess you’ll just have to buy an AC adaptor separately.
The 3DS XL launches in Japan and Europe on July 28th, a couple weeks before it launches in the US. Play are selling them for £180 on pre-order.