New, larger 3DS to hit stores in August
Nintendo's glasses-free 3D handheld, the 3DS, has had quite a few ups and downs in its relatively short life — from massive launch numbers to sales so low that a huge price cut was needed to revive it. Now, the company is banking on a complete redesign to help boost by introducing the 3DS XL, a device that has all the bells and whistles of the standard 3DS, but with much larger screens.
The 3DS XL will hit stores on August 19 for $199.99, and comes in both blue and red color schemes. That price gets you a system with a 4.88-inch top screen and 4.18-inch bottom screen — a 90% size increase from the standard model. Aside from that one, major change, the system is essentially identical to its smaller brother, and will of course be compatible with all current 3DS titles.
The original 3DS isn't going away, and will apparently remain at its $169.99 price point, leaving consumers with a choice as to whether a 90% screen size increase is worth the $30 premium. The 3DS XL's August 19 launch date matches up with that of the upcoming 3DS title New Super Mario Bros. 2, so if you were planning on picking up the handheld in time for some Mario madness, you may want to consider the newer, bigger handheld.
This article originally appeared on Tecca
More from Tecca: