During the Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo revealed a revamped version of 3DS which will be packing a larger screen.
The new handheld will be called 3DS XL in the Western region and will retail for $199.99. The release date is August 19th, the same day Super Mario 2 will be released.
3DS XL’s top screen is now 4.88 inches and the lower one will be 4.18 inches. As compare to the original 3DS, both screens are 90 percent bigger than the predecessor. But the actual resolution will same as the original 3DS.
The 3DS XL will have a longer battery timings as compared the the 3DS. Nintendo said that the battery life of 3DS XL will be between 3.5 and 6.5 hours while playing 3DS games, and between 6 – 10 hours while playing DS games. The 3DS XL’s battery will take approximately 3.5 hours to charge.
Reports also suggested that the Japanese version of 3DS XL will not include an AC adapter in the package. However, Nintendo of America has confirmed that the North American version will come with an AC adapter, and a 4 GB SD card. The handheld will be released in two colors, red and blue. While the European version will also have an option of a silver color.