Yesterday's announcement of a North American release date for the New Nintendo 3DS XL left a few unanswered questions for fans looking forward to the platform's non-XL hardware variant. Today, Nintendo addressed those concerns.
"Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing," a Nintendo of America representative told Kotaku. "We think New Nintendo 3DS XL makes the most sense for our market. Nintendo makes different systems at different price points for a whole range of consumers, and New Nintendo 3DS XL simply expands those choices even further."
"We have nothing to announce at this time," the representative stated when asked specifically about a North American release for non-XL systems.
The non-XL New Nintendo 3DS features swappable face plates - functionality that the XL model lacks. The portable's smaller form factor is another plus for players who frequently travel.
Nintendo additionally addressed the New Nintendo 3DS XL's lack of an included charger cable following yesterday's announcement. While AC adapters are traditionally standard-issue for North American Nintendo 3DS hardware bundles, similar packages in Europe and Japan have omitted the charger in the past.
"New Nintendo 3DS XL uses the same AC adapter as any Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo DSi system," Nintendo of America confirmed with IGN. "Rather than raise cost of New Nintendo 3DS XL by charging consumers for a component they may already own, we are giving them the option to only buy if they need an AC adapter."