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
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
- Upper Screen is 3.53 inches (90mm)
- Bottom Screen is 3.02 inches (77mm)
Physical Dimensions (closed)
3DS XL/ LL:
- Length: 6.14 inches (156mm)
- Width: 3.66 inches (93mm)
- Height: 0.87 inches (22mm)
- Length: 5.28 inches (134mm)
- Width: 2.91 inches (74mm)
- Height: 0.83 inches (21mm)
3DS XL/ LL:
- 336 grams (11.85oz)
- 235 grams (8.29oz)
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)
- between 3 hours and 5 hours (when playing 3DS software)
- between 5 hours and 8 hours (when playing DS software)
The 3DS XL/ LL will come bundled with a 4GB SD card, as opposed to a 2GB SD card as bundled with the 3DS.
- 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
3DS XL Images
3DS LL Images
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