Nintendo 3DS XL announced, sports bigger screens

UPDATE: Click here to get all the facts on the new 3DS XL

If you expected Nintendo to announce a new 3DS model at this year's E3, they decided to make you wait just a bit longer. During tonight's Nintendo Direct livestream, Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata unveiled the upgraded 3DS, entitled the Nintendo 3DS XL. 

This heftier model features a much larger top screen, measuring at 4.88 inches, as well as a bigger lower touch screen sized at 4.18 inches. Strangely, it also seems to be missing a second analog stick. The new model will come with three color choices, depending on your region: plain white, red and black, or black and silver for Japan and Europe; pure black, blue and black, and red and black for the US. It will also boast a longer battery life than the 3DS, clocking in at 3.5 to 6.5 hours with 3DS games and 6 to 10 hours for DS games. An AC adapter will not be included with the unit in Japan, but it will be compatible with the current AC adapter (and it'll come with one in other territories).

Known as the Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan, this model will start retailing in Europe and Japan on July 28th for 18,900 yen. The US will get the 3DS XL a bit later on August 19th for $199.99. Want to know which games you should play to get the most out of the XL's larger screens? Check out our list of the best 3DS games, then start saving up.


  • reach110 - June 23, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    3ds XL announced. Surprising. Literally. No one.
  • Montebello - June 22, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    It's ugly and I don't like these bigger versions of portable systems so I'm very happy that I won't regret having bought my Aqua Blue 3DS.
  • therawski - June 22, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    Epic Fail
  • wingsdjy - June 22, 2012 7:16 a.m. the hell are we supposed to charge this thing without a power cord?
  • kolesrage - June 22, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    It's been reported elsewhere that, in North America at least, the system IS being launched with an AC adapter. It mentions that Japan is where the AC adapter will be sold separately "to cut costs," but doesn't mention anywhere else.
  • wingsdjy - June 22, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    Thanks for the info. GR should really update their article if that's true.
  • minigamer83 - June 22, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    Still no second circle pad, what kind of joke is that? I don't want to play just Mario you know...
  • ParagonT - June 22, 2012 6:54 a.m.

    Kids are going to eat this shit up.
  • JAZ9030 - June 22, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    It's the 3DS U. Also I hope that the shoulder buttons don't break as easily, like they did on the dsi.
  • Turtman - June 22, 2012 5:41 a.m.

    WTF NO 3rd STICK???!!!!1
  • gopikmin - June 22, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    a 3rd stick would be totally idiotic. a 2nd stick may be more useful first
  • Hobogonigal - June 22, 2012 5:28 a.m.

    Wow Nintendo, first you say that there will not be another version of the 3ds and then this is announced... Also, does anyone else find it a bit suss how they are not including a power cable with it? This just caught my eye... While I'm really disappointed with Nintendo for breaking their word, I sure wouldn't mind one of these 3ds XL. I can only fear what the price will be over here in Aus though.
  • Travia220 - June 22, 2012 3:09 a.m.

    Looks good. I'll definitely pick it up when it's released. Maybe import it.
  • bigwill1221 - June 22, 2012 2:30 a.m.

    Wtb ability to upgrade for 40 dollars...
  • cj12297 - June 22, 2012 2 a.m.

    So in Europe can I use Euros or do I have to convert my money to yen? Would it kill you to put in a european price.
  • SiPod - June 22, 2012 7:02 a.m.

    Nintendo are letting retailers set the price in Europe just like they did for the 3DS' launch. Ergo, there is no European price until the retailers start announcing what they'll be charging.
  • bash street kid - June 22, 2012 1:41 a.m.

    For crying out loud just bring out Majora's Mask. I'll buy two of the fucking things.
  • sosedge88 - June 22, 2012 1:21 a.m.

    how is everyone missing the point it isnt coming with an ac adapter so you cant play it without buying. such a rip of you wouldnt buy a tv or console with no power cable so why the hell are they doing it. i wont buy one now was waiting for a bigger version to come out. might just buy a vita now as that comes with a power cable to charge it up silly silly nintendo
  • CrashmanX - June 22, 2012 12:49 a.m.

    I myself am not a fan of the "BIGGER VERSION!" handhelds but whatever. To each their own. Just as long as they don't pull a DSi where it has exclusive features to it that you can ONLY get with the new version. I'm probably just gonna pick up a red 3DS at this point.
  • robertpopovic - June 22, 2012 12:30 a.m.

    <3 the bigger screen. It's a pity that all my downloaded games (from the ambassador program) are connected with my 3DS rather than a general Nintendo account. Otherwise I'd trade it in asap.

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