Nintendo released the first image of the Nintendo 3DS XL’s Circle Pad Pro, which adds a second circle pad and two buttons to the handheld. In the picture above, the handheld on the left is the Nintendo 3DS XL, and the one on the right is the original Nintendo 3DS. Both Circle Pad Pros are similar in design, and they look nothing like Nyko’s sleek Power Grip Pro.
Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is now selling Nintendo 3DS XL consoles. The Nintendo 3DS XL launched in North America on August 19th but today, a month later, is the first day the online retailer is selling the handheld. Amazon is still not selling, however, the original Nintendo 3DS, and you can’t pre-order a Wii U from it just yet.
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Early Nintendo 3DS models have an issue where the top screen gets temporary blotches from the lower screen – when the system is closed. Nintendo admits that this is due to manufacturing and offers to fix the problem, if it disrupts a user’s gameplay. Nintendo has apparently fixed the design flaw in the Nintendo 3DS XL, which will be released August 19th in North America. Is this a major incentive to purchase Nintendo’s updated and larger handheld?
According to Nintendo UK’s Ben Taylor, Nintendo was going to add a second circle pad to the Nintendo 3DS XL but ultimately decided that the increased battery life was more important. The increased battery life of the Nintendo 3DS XL would have been affected if a second circle pad was fixed onto the system. Would you rather have an increased battery life or a second circle pad?
There is, however, no second thumbstick. Many are calling this an oversight on Nintendo’s part. Is it something you might consider in future revisions?
Ben Taylor: “We did review the possibility of the second controller, but we felt that increased battery life was really important to players, and this would have been affected if we had introduced one. It would also have made the console a lot bigger and bulkier.”
“Importantly, the majority of games, for instance the likes of Mario Kart 7 or Super Mario 3D land, don’t benefit from the second controller. A second circle pad peripheral is in development for the 3DS XL which can be used for titles such as Resident Evil Revelations.”
A picture of a transparent Nintendo 3DS XL was showcased during a recent Iwata Asks interview. The Nintendo 3DS’s top screen is small and requires a black frame to enhance the 3D effect. Because the Nintendo 3DS XL’s top screen is considerably bigger than the original’s top screen, it does not require a black frame to improve the 3D visuals. Perhaps a transparent Nintendo 3DS XL will be released in the future.
Satoru Iwata confirmed that Nintendo will not be selling the upcoming Nintendo 3DS XL at a loss. Nintendo intends to sell the 3DS XL for profit but, according to Iwata, the profit margin will not be huge. The 3DS XL will be sold for a suggested retail price of $199.99 in North America, but retailers will decide its price in Europe.
Chinese company Jin Xing has announced a new handheld gaming device, the JXD S5100, which will be powered by Android 2.3.4. It was revealed a week after Nintendo confirmed that they will be releasing a Nintendo 3DS XL. As you can see from the picture above, the JXD S5100 shares a strikingly similar resemblance to a 3DS and a Wii U GamePad. A release date is not yet confirmed for the JXD S5100.
Semi-hard cases for the Nintendo 3DS XL are being made by Cyber Gadget. The cases – shown above – come in a variety of colors and are equipped with safety bands. According to Cyber Gadget, a case can hold a 3DS console, four Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo DS game cartridges, AR cards, and an earphone. The cases will be released, alongside the 3DS console, in Japan on July 28th.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata claims that the reason Nintendo developed the Nintendo 3DS XL is because consumers wanted it. According to Iwata, “When Nintendo introduced a larger screen version of the Nintendo DSi in the past, it was very much appreciated by consumers, and the Nintendo DS market expanded.” Iwata was asked if Nintendo will be releasing variations of the 3DS, after the 3DS XL releases, and he said, “We won’t deny the possibility.”
IGN recently asked Nintendo to explain the differences between the upcoming Nintendo 3DS XL and the original Nintendo 3DS. Although the 3DS XL’s screens are bigger than the 3DS’s screens, Nintendo hasn’t made any changes to the 3DS XL’s displays, which “are made of the same materials as the 3DS.”
The 3DS XL’s speakers may seem different but produce the same sound quality as the 3DS’s speakers. The 3DS XL’s face buttons, D-pad, and shoulder buttons are, according to Nintendo, “slightly bigger than the 3DS buttons.”