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  • Revamped New Nintendo 3DS XL To Launch In US On February 13

    Retail sources confirm tweaked hardware's planned launch date to Ars.

    By Kyle Orland

    A photo of the promotional poster that Gamestop will be using to sell the new 3DS starting today, according to our source.
    Ars Technica

    Sources inside Gamestop have confirmed to Ars Technica that the revamped "new Nintendo 3DS" hardware will be available in US stores on February 13th and that the retailer will begin taking pre-orders for the unit today.

    The image above, sent to us by an anonymous source at Gamestop, confirms rumors reported elsewhere that the tweak to the existing 3DS line will finally be coming to the US today. The Gamestop poster doesn't include a price for the system, but our source also confirms that the retailer will be giving $75 and $100 respectively for customers that trade in an original 3DS or 3DS XL toward the new system. Another source at Gamestop told Ars that the retailer will begin taking pre-orders on the unit starting today.

    First announced back in August ahead of its eventual October release in Japan, the confusingly named "new Nintendo 3DS" plays all existing 3DS games and will also support games that make fuller use of its slightly improved processing power, such as a port of Wii's Xenoblade Chronicles.

    The tweaked system sports an additional analog nub on the upper right corner—for use in games such as Super Smash Bros. and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate — two additional shoulder buttons, and a head-tracking feature that adjusts the glasses-free 3D effects for a variety of viewing positions.

    Interestingly, the retail poster provided by our source only mentions the larger "XL" version of the new hardware, comparable to the existing 3DS XL, and not the more portable, standard size. This perhaps isn't surprising, as there have been signs in recent days that the smaller version of the original 3DS is being phased out of US retail chains in favor of the cheaper, non-folding 2DS and the XL. The larger "new 3DS XL" unit does not support the smaller version's interchangeable face plates, which have become a collectible phenomenon in Japan, where the 2DS is not available. The Gamestop poster also shows the system in red and black, eschewing the white and metallic blue options available in Japan and Australia.

    Nintendo has announced it will be broadcasting a Nintendo Direct video press release at 9 A.M. Eastern Time Wednesday morning, which seems a likely time for the official announcement of the US release date.

    We'll let you know if and when the information here is officially confirmed by Nintendo.
    Last edited by dlevere; 01-14-2015, 12:48:01 PM.
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    COMFIRMED: New Nintendo 3DS XL To Launch In US On February 13

    Nintendo Direct 2015 - Introducing the New Nintendo 3DS -Trailer

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      Everything From Today's Nintendo Direct

      Today's Nintendo Direct was a doozy, with news ranging from new handheld hardware to several release dates, new Amiibo figurines, and plenty of downloadable content. Here's a wrap-up of all the high points.

      By Steve Watts

      As expected, Nintendo formally announced the New 3DS XL, coming to America in February. It will be available February 13, for $199.99.

      Also coming February 13 is The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. That's no coincidence, as it's launching alongside a special New 3DS XL bundle. For good measure, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is getting its own bundle on that date too.

      Hyrule Warriors is getting special Majora's Mask DLC. Tingle and Young Link will be available.

      Nintendo is starting to offer digital downloads of Wii games on Wii U starting today. Announced titles include Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch-Out, and Metroid Prime Trilogy.

      Mario Party 10 is launching this spring, alongside a bunch of new Amiibo figurines.

      Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will be making use of Amiibo, and Nintendo announced exactly how along with a release date.

      Amiibo compatibility was also announced for Code Name: STEAM, which will let you import Fire Emblem characters. Plus, it was given a release date of March 13.

      Nintendo is dipping into cross-buy with Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Buying the Wii U or 3DS version will get you a download code for the other.

      Finally, Splatoon narrowed its release to May, and the company showed off its wealth of character customization options.

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