Back when we reviewed the new, dual-analog input-enabled Nintendo 3DS handheld, we weren't quite sure when it would make its way to the rest of the world -- that changes today. The slightly more powerful handheld launches on February 13th, 2015 in North America and Europe. To make it up to those who've waited patiently while the likes of Japan and, kind of, Europe got in on the extra shoulder button action, Nintendo's made a cabernet-hued console for us to wrap our fingers around. And what good is a new console without games to play on it? Nintendo has us covered there as well, with The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. You know, in case you're already bored with the latest portable version of Super Smash Bros. There are even "New" 3DS XL Monster Hunter and Majora's Mask bundles headed to stores on February 13th with fancy designs.
From the trailer shown during Nintendo's "Direct" presentation this morning, it looks like only the "New" 3DS XL is headed to North America, unlike in Japan where the standard-sized 3DS got a "New" version as well with Super Nintendo-themed buttons. Europe does seem to be getting the smaller unit, per this tweet from Nintendo's European arm. We'll ask Nintendo to be sure, but that certainly seems to be the case. Head below for more details.
Here's something shocking: The "New" 3DS XL doesn't come with an AC adapter. Yes, it'll work with old ones, but it may very well be the first game console launched in the US without a charging cable. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed as much this morning, alongside the news that old charging cables will work with the "New" 3DS XL. When it launches in February, the "New" 3DS XL will come in two colors: black and red.
Additionally, after an update to the 3DS firmware launches in February, Amiibo figurines will function on the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. As for a price? The US version has an asking price of $199.99, while we've yet to see an EU price. Here's a look at Nintendo's latest console in action:
Additional reporting by Timothy Seppala