‘New 3DS’ And ‘New 3DS XL’ Show That Nintendo Is Listening

Nintendo wants gamers to know that they’ve been listening.

During yesterday’s Direct stream for Japan, Nintendo announced the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. Including the term ‘new’ in the actual name of the consoles is a gutsy move and gives the company a lot to live up to.

So far, the news doesn’t seem to disappoint.

First of all, the battery power of the New 3DS designs has been extended significantly. The 3DS will have battery power that lasts up to 6 hours and the 3DS XL will have power that lasts up to 7 hours. Of course, the amount of battery power is affected by how users choose to play their games. Consistent use of the 3D software will cause the battery to die quicker.

Users will finally be able to control the brightness levels on the main screen. Both designs of the New 3DS will have the ability to automatically adjust the brightness of their main screens to allow for the darkness or brightness of the room.

The automatic brightness function can help extend battery power.

Gamers will be thankful for the ability to see their screens better, because the 3D effect in the New 3DS and New 3DS XL has been upgraded. There will be better viewing angles and the sensors will track the position of the user’s face so that the 3D effect stays as crisp as possible. There will be much less blur than current 3DS users are experiencing.

The cartridge slot was removed from the back of the New 3DS, leaving room for trigger buttons.

Those won’t be the only new buttons gamers see on the New 3DS devices. There will be a new C-button, named after a C-stick on the GameCube’s pad. It will give the user dual analogue abilities.

A new micro SD slot has been added to the bottom of the New 3DS and New 3DS XL.

One of the greatest additions is the NFC-reading technology that will be completely built in. That means that user’s won’t have to purchase separate technology in order for their 3DS devices to communicate with their Amiibo figures. Since there’s a line of Super Smash Bros. figures coming soon, that’s something that many users have been worried about.

Finally, a faster CPU will be installed. It means that the Miiverse and internet browsers will load better, but it also means that many new 3DS games coming out will require the upgraded capabilities.

Xenoblade Chronicles was recently announced, and it will require the New 3DS processor to function.

All the updates made to the New 3DS and New 3DS XL came from actual complaints made to Nintendo about the current 3DS. The new devices are the company’s attempt to focus on customer feedback. If it goes well it could start a new era of customer service.

Japan will see the New 3DS devices in October, but gamers in Europe and the U.S. will have to wait until next year.

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