Nintendo has a long history of iterating on its handheld hardware. The GBA, for example, evolved into the clamshell style GBA SP and the more compact the GBA Micro. Neither of those revisions significantly altered the core functionality of the system though, and that’s what makes Nintendo’s announcement of the ‘New Nintendo 3DS’ (in both standard and XL varieties) something of an eye opener.
As reported by Kotaku, the revised handheld features a second thumb stick, two additional shoulder buttons, as well as NFC tech to take advantage of Nintendo’s forthcoming line of Amiibo figurines. The platform holder is also promising that the unit’s slightly larger screen will allow the 3D effect to be more clearly perceived from a wider range of angles.
The New Nintendo 3DS will also offer a little more processing power. The freshly announced Xenoblade Chronicles port will be the first title to take advantage of this, and indeed, the game won’t be compatible with existing 3DS and 2DS hardware.
The New Nintendo 3DS is set to launch in Japan in October. A western release is yet to be confirmed.