Nintendo today introduced two brand new 3DS systems via a Japan-only Nintendo Direct. The two new handhelds include a smaller second analog stick, as well as a pair of new shoulder buttons – ZL & ZR. The consoles also have faster CPUs so certain games in 3D will have better frame rates. New Nintendo 3DS

The standard 3DS now features a slightly larger display (3.88-inch vs. the existing 3DS’ 3.5-inch display), whereas the new 3DS XL keeps the same 4.88 inch screen. According to Nintendo, the 3D viewing system is also improved so you can view games in 3D at better angles. The devices also have built-in NFC technology so the Nintendo amiibo figures will work without an adapter. The actions buttons are now colourful, which is slight reminiscent of the SNES’ colour scheme.

New Nintendo 3DS XLThe systems also include a switch from SD card to microSD. The game card slot is now on the bottom of the console instead of the top. The new replaceable battery is also apparently capable of 7 hours of gaming. These two new consoles will also have exclusive games that will only work on the faster hardware. Xenoblade Chronicles is only available on the two systems as it takes advantage of the faster CPU. 

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The new 3DS and 3DS XL will be available in Japan only on October 11th for 16,000 yen ($154) and 18,800 yen ($181), respectively. There are no details on an international launch but we’ll keep you posted.

SOURCE: The Verge