Published on July 18th, 2012 | by Hensley Carrasco0
3DS redesign unveiled, larger screens, Circle Pad sold separate
The Nintendo 3DS is making another hit in the market, and this time, it’s going to be big.
Nintendo has revealed a new design for the 3DS that will have 90 percent larger screens and is dubbed the Nintendo 3DS XL. The system is street dated for August 19 (compared to a July 28 date for Europe), same as the New Super Mario Bros. 2. Starting price has been set at $199. Away goes the glossy, candy-esque paint job we’re used to and in will come in, launch day, DS Lite-esque blue and red colors.. For those curious about how this will size up with the original, here’s a comparison picture.
Only a couple of cons come with the new design. In addition to the system being larger than the previous model (a gift and a curse), the new model is reportedly not shipping with a power adapter in non-US models “as a money-saving measure,” according to Joystiq. There is no definitive word on whether or not the system will be shipping with a power adapter for the US model, but as it seems, they may be shipped powerless.
Now, with that out of the way, gamers can clearly see there is a lack of a second Circle Pad on the handheld. This is due to Nintendo officially announcing the second Circle Pad will come in the form of a 3DS XL-sized Circle Pad Pro. Already large enough, the system will become even larger with this accessory. Leaving out a mandatory second pad allows for gamers to use the pad at their leisure, should they choose to purchase it. No street date has been set for this accessory.