Nintendo announced the New Nintendo 3DS XL during a Nintendo Direct broadcast on Wednesday. This news was expected after a series of leaks, but the game company did surprise with a pair of customer versions of the handheld.
The New Nintendo 3DS XL will launch in North America on February 13 for $199.99. It comes with an enhanced processor to allow the faster loading of games and apps, a second analog control called the C-Stick, ZL / ZR buttons, 3D face-tracking technology, and built-in NFC functionality for amiibo figures.
However, the announcement that may most interest some Nintendo fans the most is the reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate editions of the handheld with custom artwork.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 14, 2015
The Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL is gold tinted and features the game’s signature mask surrounded by the four other masks from. Each transforms Link into various characters in-game. This edition of the New Nintendo 3DS will be available for $199.99 when it launches on February 13. The game is not included.
The Monster Hunter 4 Edition of the New Nintendo 3DS XL does come with the game that shares its name. This version of the handheld is silver with the Monster Hunter logo featured in blue. However, this edition is also more expensive because it comes with the game. This bundle will be available only from GameStop for $229.99. That is a $10 discount from buying the handheld and the game separately for what it is worth.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate launches for #3DS on 2/13, with a limited-edition New Nintendo #3DS XL. #NintendoDirectNA pic.twitter.com/r7MsD0tuSj — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 14, 2015
The new Nintendo 3DS XL comes with a 4GB microSD memory card. That a change from the existing larger SD cards. Owners of existing Nintendo 3DS handhelds that want to upgrades to the new version will be able to transfer their date over. Nintendo says it will provide details on this process in the coming weeks.
Interestingly, Nintendo does not appear to be selling any of the New Nintendo 3DS XL editions with an AC adapter. That’s a change for North America, but something the company has been doing in other countries. You’ll have to either hold on to your existing AC adapter or purchase a new one.
“We are only a couple of weeks into 2015, and Nintendo is already starting the year off with a bang,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing in a press release. “With New Nintendo 3DS XL coming very soon and an enormous library of exclusive Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games launching throughout the coming months, it has never been a better time to be a Nintendo fan.”
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