The New 3DS XL unlocks the potential of Nintendo's handheld

Eurogamer: The New 3DS and New 3DS XL don't launch in Japan until 11th October (and not in North America and Europe until some time in 2015), but after a long wait in line behind hundreds of Monster Hunter aficionados we managed to try the device for ourselves.

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DragoonsScaleLegends1277d ago

Why did they only give the cpu a small boost? They should have made it as powerful as the vita at least.

jholden32491277d ago

I imagine cost of manufacturing limits what they can do and still maintain that $200 price tag. They're already doubling the RAM and CPU speed, adding NFC, head tracking for 3D viewing at any angle, more buttons, C-Stick, and bigger screens. There's only so much you can add without increasing cost. And, keep in mind this isn't a new gen. This is the mid-gen revision. We'll have a significantly more powerful 3DS successor in a few years.

stragomccloud1277d ago

Because they're not making a new system. The new CPU is mostly just for improving OS/Mii verse/Browsing performance, and so the system can multitask better.

When Nintendo releases their next gen handheld it probably won't be until at least 2017.

plmkoh1276d ago

The Xenoblade Chronicles port is an exclusive for the handheld update, no reason to not think of this as a new generation all together.

stragomccloud1275d ago

Nintendo's DSi had more ram and a CPU twice as strong as the DS lite, and also had exclusive software and a slew of downloadable games not available on the original DS; however, we never considered that a new generation.

DarkBlood1277d ago

I believe its metalic too which is a first for a 3ds xl size

Vegamyster1277d ago (Edited 1277d ago )

I'm hoping the MH4 bundle comes out outside Japan.

zero_gamer1277d ago

I have been wanting a 3DS XL and wished I bought one of the Pokemon X&Y limited edition models but this is even better. Glad I waited.

Sly-Lupin1277d ago

I bought a 3DS three years ago; an XL two years ago; and a Zelda XL last year. Nintendo has been putting out a new model each year; if you wait another year, there'll probably be some cool SE N3DSs to choose from.

Agent_hitman1277d ago

This is the best 3DS to date.

Chard1276d ago

That second little stick will be equivalent to having a circle pad pro right? So Metal Gear Solid 3 will be nicer to play on this compared to the old 3DS. I don't suppose that game would run any better on this new model too? I've read the framerate gets pretty bad.

thehobbyist1276d ago

Yeah, sadly. Older 3ds titles will not benefit from the hardware except for improved save time. And 3ds games didn't take long to save in the first place so it is a little disappointing.