The Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro launches November 15th in Japan and will cost 1,500 yen, which is roughly $19. For those who don’t know, the Circle Pad Pro adds two shoulder buttons and a second Circle Pad, which makes playing games like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate more comfortable. Nintendo has yet to announce the release date of the add-on in regions outside Japan.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is now available for download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The download costs $39.99, which is the same price as a physical copy of the game. If you purchase the downloadable version by September 20th and your Nintendo 3DS is linked to your Club Nintendo account, you’ll receive 100 coins. Will you download New Super Mario Bros. 2 or purchase the physical copy alongside a new Nintendo 3DS XL?
The Nintendo 3DS XL is being sold in Europe without an AC Adapter or a Charging Cradle; if buyers of Nintendo’s latest handheld don’t have one, they need to purchase an AC Adapter to charge their system. A Nintendo 3DS XL Charging Cradle that is bundled with an AC Adapter will be available for purchase in retailers across Europe starting August 24th. You can pre-order the bundle from Amazon here.
GameStop will apparently offer a trade-in deal for the Nintendo 3DS XL, which will launch in North America on August 19th. You can get the Nintendo 3DS XL for $100 cheaper from GameStop, if you exchange an original Nintendo 3DS. The deal is being offered only during launch weekend. GameStop should be able to allow costumers to transfer data between the two handhelds.
Nintendo UK has announced that anyone who purchases a Nintendo 3DS from either Game or GameStation will be entitled to a free game with the system. Customers can choose between Mario Kart 7, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Heroes of Ruin or Kid Icarus Uprising. Sales for the Nintendo 3DS XL haven’t been too impressive in the United Kingdom, so this is a sure-fire way to increase sales.
Nintendo has announced that Pokémon Black and White 2 will be released in Australia and New Zealand on October 11th. Pokémon Dream Radar, which will be a downloadable title from the Nintendo eShop, will also be available for purchase on October 11th. Pokémon Black and White 2 are Nintendo DS games, which are playable on any Nintendo 3DS console – including the Nintendo 3DS XL. Pokémon Black and White 2 will be released in North America on October 7th and Europe on October 12th.
HMV has apologised for a point of sale display that one of its stores put up which displayed a fan-made image of the Nintendo 3DS XL complete with a second Circle Pad. A company spokesperson says it was a simple mistake by one of its stores, and that the retail chain wasn’t deliberately trying to mislead consumers.
“It’s apparent this was just one particular store being a little over-enthusiastic, and the poster has been removed.”
“If it’s caused anyone any issues then we’re sorry, but I’d say it doesn’t take much to work out this doesn’t represent the company’s retail offer for this release.”
It appears as Nintendo Europe has begun letting the press gets hands-on with the recently announced Nintendo 3DS XL. French site Puissance Nintendo managed to get some time with the device, and were incredibly impressed with what they saw. Here’s their translated impressions:
- Huge screen
- Better viewing angle
- 3D effect looks better/more effective/more natural
- 2D mode looks better than regular 3DS
- Image looks better/softer (they assume there might be some filter but not sure)
- The grip (round corners) fit nicely
- Unit fits better in hands (they wonder if it should have been the main design in first place)
- Unit is lighter than they expected
- There’s a coat in the unit (not fully matte) that gives it a “deluxe plastic imitating metal” look
- Not sure at the sound as the room was quite noisy
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Nintendo offered an explanation for why the Nintendo 3DS revision and Super Smash Bros. collaboration weren’t revealed during E3. Apparently, the Nintendo Direct announcements were not the “most appropriate” things to discuss during E3. During the 3DS software showcase, Nintendo focused solely on games that were already revealed – should Nintendo have announced the latest Nintendo Direct news at that time?
“At E3 we had very specific announcements that we wanted to focus on. We had a lot of things to talk about, and we had to decide which things were most appropriate for each method of announcement. E3 is just one of the many opportunities for companies to make announcements, and we’re always looking for the most appropriate ways to both inform and surprise consumers.”
One of the posters over at Neogaf has decided to create what he expects the Nintendo 3DS redesign to look like. Of course we don’t know if we’re actually going to be getting a redesign, but all signs seem to point that way. Personally I’d be quite content if this is how it looked, what do you think?