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Everything About The 3DS XL & 3DS LL

By Kevin McMinn On Jun 21 2012 11:12 PM

At exactly forty minutes and forty-seven seconds into the June 22nd installment of the Japanese Nintendo Direct, Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata made a surprising revelation. Like an instant bolt of lightning, Iwata shocked Nintendo fans across all stretches of the world with news of the newly designed 3DS model, the 3DS LL (known in other regions as the 3DS XL). Actually, most of the North American region, at this point, was completely oblivious to the fact. North American fans weren't watching the Japanese Nintendo Direct. They were waiting for the North American Nintendo Direct to air, a whole two hours later than the Japanese installment. Why would they watch the Japanese Nintendo Direct in the first place? They wouldn't be able to understand anything, so it would be a total waste of time. Right? Well, not exactly, no.

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Pricing and AvailabilitySpecificationsWhat's IncludedImages (3DS XL)Images (3DS LL)
In this case, pictures are worth a thousand words and you didn't have to know a bit of Japanese to understand what took place on the "big screen." It wasn't until the news spread like wildfire, as it blazed through the channels of the Internet and onto blogs and websites, that most North American fans found out. By this time, everyone in North America knew of the 3DS LL before their Nintendo Direct even commenced. At this point, nothing else really mattered to anyone because this was the cake. Nothing could top that; not even an additional layer of software frosting. Now, it was only a matter of time before the "Regginator" regurgitated the announcement in English.

Many of us had already written off the possibility of a revised 3DS. In fact, Nintendo even brushed off the potential of a 3DS remake when asked during an interview shortly after the E3 expo. Nintendo didn't fool all of us though. They're great at what they do, and definitely have their own little bag of tricks and treats.

Below is a conundrum of information and images, collected from the Official Nintendo of Japan website, as well as the North American, Japanese and European Nintendo Direct videos. Let's take a look at pricing and availability, specifications and what you can expect to find inside the box. We've also included several images for both the 3DS XL and 3DS LL.

Pricing and Availability
  • Europe - July 28th, 2012 (Blue/ Black, Red/ Black and Silver/ Black) £179.99
  • Japan - July 28th, 2012 (White, Red/ Black and Silver/ Black) ¥18,900
  • North America - August 19th, 2012 (Blue/ Black and Red/ Black) $199.99

Screen Size
3DS XL/ LL:
  • Upper Screen is 4.88 inches (124mm) - approximately 16.77 million colors are viewable, widescreen LCD with integrated Autostereoscopic, 240 dots vertical (horizontal) × 800 dots / (46.08mm vertical 76.8mm × horizontal
  • Bottom Screen is 4.18 inches (106mm) - approximately 16.77 million colors are viewable, LCD with touch input feature type 240 3.02 × 320 dots vertical dots next to / (46.08mm 61.44mm × vertical horizontal
3DS:
  • Upper Screen is 3.53 inches (90mm)
  • Bottom Screen is 3.02 inches (77mm)
* comparatively, the 3DS XL/ LL has 90% larger screen sizes than the 3DS

Physical Dimensions (closed)
3DS XL/ LL:
  • Length: 6.14 inches (156mm)
  • Width: 3.66 inches (93mm)
  • Height: 0.87 inches (22mm)
3DS:
  • Length: 5.28 inches (134mm)
  • Width: 2.91 inches (74mm)
  • Height: 0.83 inches (21mm)
Weight
3DS XL/ LL:
  • 336 grams (11.85oz)
3DS:
  • 235 grams (8.29oz)
Battery Life
3DS XL/ LL:
  • between 3.5 hours and 6.5 hours (when playing 3DS software)
  • between 6 hours and 10 hours (when playing DS software)
3DS:
  • between 3 hours and 5 hours (when playing 3DS software)
  • between 5 hours and 8 hours (when playing DS software)
Bundled SD Card
The 3DS XL/ LL will come bundled with a 4GB SD card, as opposed to a 2GB SD card as bundled with the 3DS.

What's Included
  • AC adapter and charging cradle will not be included for European and Japanese bundles
  • AC adapter will be included for North American bundles; no charging cradle
  • Nintendo 3DS XL/ LL system console
  • Stylus

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Comments: 50

Wow. This is not a good year for my wallet:
  • New PC.
  • Nintendo 3DS LL.
  • Nintendo Wii U.
  • Microsoft Surface.

View PostKing Mika, on 22 June 2012 - 02:41 AM, said:

Wow. This is not a good year for my wallet:
  • New PC.
  • Nintendo 3DS LL.
  • Nintendo Wii U.
  • Microsoft Surface.

You're getting a 3DS LL?
And why was this not at E3!?

Anyway, looks good. I need one :3

View PostNaito, on 22 June 2012 - 02:56 AM, said:

And why was this not at E3!?

They were keeping it a secret, hoping everyone would think that they've moved on to focus on the Wii U and other future hardware. Nintendo even stated in an article about a week or so ago, that they have no "plans" on developing/ designing a new model 3DS. Ha! Liars! I didn't fall for that nonsense for one second.
That frustrates me. But... I do reallly want that red one.

And since E3 was so poor :/. Something like this... could've really been... good? interesting? nice, even?

View PostNaito, on 22 June 2012 - 03:06 AM, said:

I do reallly want that red one.

I do like that one too.

View PostNaito, on 22 June 2012 - 03:06 AM, said:

And since E3 was so poor :/. Something like this... could've really been... good? interesting? nice, even?

It's all a big marketing game. Nintendo had this planned out from the start. They knew they would come into E3, have a so-so response from the consumers, then bust in like John Wayne two weeks later with a new-and-improved 3DS just in time for all the new 2012 releases. This year is big...really big for the big N.

View PostKevin, on 22 June 2012 - 02:44 AM, said:

You're getting a 3DS LL?

Yeah. The Nintendo Wii U and Microsoft Surface are the priority though.

View PostKing Mika, on 22 June 2012 - 03:32 AM, said:

Yeah.

I think you meant 3DS XL. :P

The 3DS LL is only for Japan.
Hmm ... I wouldn't give up my 3DS for this .. I still need it for walk-abouts. But I might sell my DSiXL for this. I'm not using it all that much anymore.
That's a great idea, Vicki. It would be totally worth it in my opinion as well.
I will totally get one, the only thing I dislike about the 3DS is that when I open it, the hinge feels so weak, like it'll break apart at any moment. The XL looks so much more sturdy.

Would we be able to move our friend codes? I don't want to have to get every ones friend codes all over again :o
God, I really need to get a life! Why do I keep coming back to look at these pictures?
I don't need another console. And I absolutely LOVE my 3DS as it is. If anything, I wouldn't mind swapping it for a different colour. So why do I keep thinking about the new XL? I gotta keep telling myself that this beefy thing would be much harder to carry around, and I always take my 3DS whenever I go out out, even if I'm just walking to the post box. This XL wouldn't get any play coins, or Street Passes, or be used for taking 3D photos. It just looks too big to be portable. But wouldn't it be nice to have for playing Animal Crossing??? :)
Yeah the American Nintendo Direct is calling it 3DS XL. I am just a bit saddened by this because come August my system will seem old now. The "first" not as good model which irks the hell out of me. I mean why wouldn't someone want larger screens for drawing (colors 3D/ Swapnote) and a better battery and also the removal of the green 3D led on the top right screen. I have so many games on my current system the only way this would work is if I sell my game to a friend who would pay me up front and allow me to "system transfer" my existing account to the new system. It is a lot of work! It is also another way us "ambassadors" get slapped in the face. So, no I am really not happy that Nintendo did this again. This will make me reconsider ever buying an original handheld model...

Sorry but it really upsets me.
OK ... so I didn't really think I wanted one, and now I see they're coming out with a new version of Art Academy for 3DS. The whole reason I bought a DSi XL was to use with Art Academy. So now I'm thinking I might want this new XL. But still, I don't think I'd want to carry it around with me. It's just too big.

@Aquizero - Do you know someone who would buy your current 3DS? People I know who have done a system transfer say it's pretty easy. Everything gets copied over.
You say you would reconsider buying a console on release again, but haven't you enjoyed all the time you've played on your 3DS? I remember lots of people said they didn't want to buy one when it first came out, and they wanted to wait for an XL version. But if they'd have waited, that would have been 16 months they would have been been playing on their DSis or worse - their old DSes.
Ben, trade your "old" one in for the XL when it comes out :)

As I mentioned in another post, my son is going to want this which means he may want to me trade in his Wii for it. That's ok I guess, but then I will be Wii-less until next spring when I contemplate my purchase of the WiiU :(

View PostKevin, on 22 June 2012 - 03:33 AM, said:

I think you meant 3DS XL. :P

The 3DS LL is only for Japan.

I was thinking "3DS LL" is a very stupid name for the North American market. Anyway, it sucks that they're not going to release a fully black 3DS XL at launch. As much as I want a larger 3DS, I might hold off until the holiday when they typically release limited edition colors.

View PostVicki, on 22 June 2012 - 09:30 AM, said:

@Aquizero - Do you know someone who would buy your current 3DS? People I know who have done a system transfer say it's pretty easy. Everything gets copied over.
You say you would reconsider buying a console on release again, but haven't you enjoyed all the time you've played on your 3DS? I remember lots of people said they didn't want to buy one when it first came out, and they wanted to wait for an XL version. But if they'd have waited, that would have been 16 months they would have been been playing on their DSis or worse - their old DSes.

You make a good point. I am just upset I guess. Who knows, I probably would get the newest system at launch like always. I will have to see if I can find anyone to sell mine and do my system transfer before hand.
Oh Great now theres going to be a 3DS XL. My DSi XL I got at the beggining of last year is not even that old yet and is still in good shape. I feel so outdated now  :( Im not ready to give it up yet.
I will be trading in my 3DS for this when it is released. I just wish they would be consistent releasing all the same colors to each region. While the red and blue are nice, the white one in the press release whats quite nice.
The only way I would have gotten this is if it included a second Circle Pad.
OK, I just got a new 3DS the other day, and, the very next day I find out that this one is comming out.  I have mixed feelings though, I really like the bigger screens, but, I don't want to cary something this big around with me and I usually carry my 3DS so I can get the coins and street passes, so what will probably end up happening if I get this is I will have a normal one with all my stuff on it that I carry arround with me, and a XL version that I play at home with the games I have on 3DS cards, but then all my friend codes will be on the smaller one, so, I don't know if I will get one of these or not.

I wish nintendo would allow you to have more than one 3DS regestered to an account of some kind that would allow you to move the memory card and friend codes and games between the two by just putting the memory card in the other one, so, if you have more than one you could pick which one any time.  I know they don't because of trying to stop people from copying games, but, if they could put some kind of code on the memory card that would lock it to only the systems you had registered on your account and any other 3DS's would just not use the data on the card it would work.
I don't think i'll buy this. I won't spend money on an XL unless I'm able to trade my current 3DS in for one. And even If i do, what is the point of having a bigger screen? The 3DS already barely fits in my pocket with all my other junk in there. (Wallet, random stuff that catches my eye on the ground, etc.)
Im interested in getting one and the size doesnt really matter to me since i can just carry around a bigger bag.. but i definitly WONT trade in my 3ds i mean i unlocked sooo many things on it! Theres no way im starting all over again! and the pink puzzle pieces?! I definitly want one though especially for animal crossing and the other games coming out! The bigger screen will definitly make the gaming experience more awesome and then the graphics can be appreciated just that much more! So.. i might get it a while after its been out so i can get some feed back from those who jump the gun and get it on release day.. I really hope the graphics dont get all stretched out though thatll be a huge kill joy..
I am 3DS Ambassador and because of that, I missed out on the Legend of Zelda Special Edition 3DS - I SOOOOO wanted that black and gold 3DS too! So, I am going to wait for the holidays and see what kind of special editions come out for either the 3DS or 3DS XL. If non, then maybe I'll take that money and see if I can find me a LoZ SE 3DS on eBay. :)

View PostSkitty843, on 25 June 2012 - 08:38 AM, said:

Im interested in getting one and the size doesnt really matter to me since i can just carry around a bigger bag.. but i definitly WONT trade in my 3ds i mean i unlocked sooo many things on it! Theres no way im starting all over again! and the pink puzzle pieces?! I definitly want one though especially for animal crossing and the other games coming out! The bigger screen will definitly make the gaming experience more awesome and then the graphics can be appreciated just that much more! So.. i might get it a while after its been out so i can get some feed back from those who jump the gun and get it on release day.. I really hope the graphics dont get all stretched out though thatll be a huge kill joy..

As long as you are not trading it in on the bigger one, you can buy the bigger one, then use the 3DS System Transfer to move all your stuff to the bigger one, then, traid in the smaller one for some games or accessorys to go with the bigger one.

I have done a 3DS to 3DS transfer and it gets everything, you move any DSI software you have downloaded into the system memory to the memory card, then you start the transfer on both systems, then you wait while it connects to the internet, then each other, then the internet etc. for a couple of hours.  ( at one point when its almost finished it looks like it's stuck saying connecting, but, it's not so just leave it be )  Then finally both systems reboot and you move the SD memory card from the older one to the newer one and from the newer one to the older one.   After that the new one has all your stuff ( games, street pass puzzle pieces, miis, pictures, friend list, music, etc. ) Everything !!! - It's just as if the new one is the one you had all along and even your friend code doesn't change.  The old one will act as if you just bought it and will start all over as if it was new from the store and boot up asking you what language you want to use and your name etc.  You then have to move your DSI downloads back to the system memory so you can play them, but, they all work just fine.  ( and if you copy all the DSI software from the system memory to the memory card overwriting any old ones before the transfer, then, when you copy them back you still even have the save files on them and end up in the same place you were on them.)

So, Buy first, transfer, then trade in the old one unless you just really want to keep it.