June 22, 2012

Nintendo 3DS XL. Really.

My first reaction: you got to be kidding me!? How is this a "portable" console? Well, it seems like Nintendo just loves making things bigger or making them lighter with little change at all. With that business strategy firmly implanted in their minds, Nintendo has just announced a larger version of its 3DS console which is called the 3DS XL not surprisingly. Compared with its predecessor, the 3DS packs 90 percent larger screens, and a body that's 46 percent larger (measuring 93 x 156 x 22mm). The new console also features a longer battery life, being able to run from 3.5 to 6 hours on 3DS software and 6.5 to 10 hours when running 2D games.

Available in white, red and black, as well as silver and black color variants, the new 3DS XL will retail at US$235 in Japan on July 28, while gamers in the US will to purchase blue and red variants on 19 August at US$200. Not sure about the release date of other regions at the moment.

My advice: if you want portability, don't buy the 3DS XL.

[via CNET]