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#1 compl3x

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 15:33

Surprised no one posted about this yet.
 
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The 3DS army of machines continues to grow. During this morning's Direct video conference, Nintendo revealed the latest addition: The New Nintendo 3DS. a faster version of the beloved handheld that features better battery life, larger screens, better 3D, and a new "C-stick" analog pad.
 
The New Nintendo 3DS is slated to release in Japan on October 10 and will be offered two ways: The standard edition (retailing for 16,000 yen ($154), and the XL version for 18,800 yen ($181). Release dates for other territories are yet to be announced.
 
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The standard edition ships in two colors: black and white. The XL version is being offered in a metallic black and metallic white. All of these versions feature new face button colors which mimic the color arrangement from the Super Famicom. The hardware features slight changes, like the game card reader moved to the front of the device along with the stylus and power buttons.
 
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The new C-stick will get an early workout with a number of upcoming games. Dragon Quest X: Online, Monster Hunger 4G, and Final Fantasy Explorers will all use this new control method. The New 3DS will also have built in NFC, to make use of the upcoming Amiibo figures.
 
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Posted 29 August 2014 - 15:42

So in addition to the new little nubby c-stick thing, there are ZR and ZL buttons:

 

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OK. Also has NFC for Amiibos & the SD card is in a different place:

 

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#3 Max Norris

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 15:42

Hrm.  Been tempted to get myself a 3DS, play my daughter's off and on.. give her the new one and take the hand-me-down.  Hopefully out before Christmas in the US.

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 15:45

  • -Faster CPU 
  • -Greater viewing angles with 3D effect on (getting that "sweet spot" should be much less of a hassle)
  • -Integrated Right Circle Pad and zL/zR buttons
  • -Super Famicom (EU SNES) color-matching face buttons (button letters on the New XL)
  • -Built-in NFC for Amiibo compatibility (older models would've needed a wireless base to use Amiibo features... I wonder if the 3DS Skylanders games could get a system update to use this, too?)
  • -Improved web browser, including video support
  • -Home menu themes (this is also coming to 3DS/3DS XL/2DS with the October system update)
  • -Faster internet speeds/downloads
  • -Improved cameras. They're not gonna replace your phone's camera by a longshot, but they will be somewhat less grainy and capture light better.
  • -MicroSD slot is under the bottom cover, instead of a normal SD slot on the side (which sounds good to me; my SD card ejected in my pocket somehow once)
  • -Support for wireless file transfers. You won't need to take the SD card out anymore to transfer pictures and audio between the New 3DS models and a PC.
  • -Longer battery lives than previous models.
  • -The new models will also auto-adjust screen brightness to save battery, as well as based on the surrounding light.
  • -The New 3DS XL comes in Metallic Blue and Metallic Black. The New 3DS comes in black and white, with interchangeable outer shells (with a lot of design options planned). 
  • -The New 3DS has slightly bigger screens than the original model (the New 3DS XL has the same screen size as the original 3DS XL).

 

Some new games will be unplayable on the older 3DS'. The new Xenoblade Chronicles, for example will only run on the new 3DS.



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 18:32

Love the new features, but really dislike the design.

 

Annoyed they've cut the userbase in half with the CPU change (N)



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 18:37

wow, that's actually sounding promising

 

I wasn't planning to trade in my 3DS XL any time soon w/ the new models but I may just for a handful of those new hardware features



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 18:37

N64 Expansion Pak: Part II



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 18:43

Love the new features, but really dislike the design.

 

Annoyed they've cut the userbase in half with the CPU change (N)

This is not surprising at all. Remember they did the same with Gameboy Color, so games will still work on both but will have some enhancements on the newer 3DS model.



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 18:44

This is not surprising at all. Remember they did the same with Gameboy Color, so games will still work on both but will have some enhancements on the newer 3DS model.

 

Not surprising no, just annoying.

 

This won't be the last iteration of the 3DS either. We all know that.



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 18:57

Not surprising no, just annoying.

 

This won't be the last iteration of the 3DS either. We all know that.

Well, we don't know that for sure. It could be the last one since they usually only do about three or four per generation.



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 20:39

Well they've had 4 so far:

 

Original

XL

2DS

New 3DS

 

They really like remaking stuff.



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 20:44

Oops, forgot that the 2DS existed!  :pinch: Um well, I would at least hope that this is the last of the 3DS generation.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:13

^ I think so. Although, I thought the 3ds xl was going to be the last  :/



#14 Master of Earth

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:48

i have no idea why anyone might still want to buy a handheld gaming device when iOS and android hardware is far superior and more flexibility in every way other than lacking some nintendo exclusive game.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 09:15

^ For real? I can't think of any mobile games that rival that of dedicated handhelds.