Last night on Nintendo Direct, the Japanese giant confirmed an earlier Nikkei report, revealing a much larger, and much more round 3DS. The new machine features a larger everything: the top screen clocks in at 4.88 inches, and the bottom at a respectable 4.18 inches. Up from the 3.53-inch top screen and 3.02-inch lower screen on the original 3DS.
The good news is that Nintendo hasn't given us long to wait for the new system.
The 3DS XL will launch in the U.S. on Aug. 19 for $199.99. It will launch in red and blue hues that are decidedly more muted than the hyper-glossy colors of the original model. The European market wins out though, as the XL launches on July 28 and debuts in silver as well as red and blue. The Japanese will see the launch of the same system, where it is dubbed the 3DS LL, on the same day.
Somewhat amusingly, the European and Japanese variants will ship sans-AC adapter. Luckily, the XL uses the same adapter as the original 3DS. So it would seem that the system is primarily aimed at repeat purchasers.
It is not currently known whether the U.S. version of the XL will come with such niceties as a charger. The U.S. version, on the other hand, will come with a charger. On the plus side, the XL will ship with a 4GB SD card in all regions.
Anyone else wish that Nintendo's bigger screens meant a higher resolution?