Nintendo Unveil 3DS XL

Nintendo is launching a new version of its 3DS console. The screens are a whopping 90% larger than those on the original model. The new version of the console will come in three new colour combinations – silver and black, red and black, and blue and black. 

It will be bundled with a 4GB SD card so buyers can start downloading games from the Nintedo eShop immediately. However, the package will not include an AC adaptor – in its press release, Nintendo states that as most buyers will already own the original 3DS, an adaptor is being left out to allow for a lower retail price. Although this may been good for the price and this is good intentions, it almost seems like they are punishing those who did not have the 3DS to begin with. 

The launch of the 3DS XL will be alongside the release of two games designed to make use of the larger screens. New Art Academy, a follow-up to Nintendo's DS art game.This game takes players through a series of lessons and projects. Freakyforms Deluxe Your Creations, Alive! is a pet game where you design and create your own creatures and maintain them.

The announcement also promised improved battery life for the device, despite its larger displays. The device will last between 3.5 to 6.5 hours, while running 3DS software. Like it's smaller version, the device offers two displays, one of which features stereoscopic technology to provide a 3D effect without the need for glasses. It also comes with a camera capable of capturing 3D photos and videos, as well as Wi-Fi internet access.

The Nintendo 3DS XL will launch across Europe and Japan on 28 July and it'll hit America in august. Players will pay 18,900 yen ($235) for the device in Japan; North American gamers will pay $199.99 for the new console. European prices will be roughly the same, depending where you buy it.