Nintendo revealed two new models of it’s popular 3DS handheld console today during their Japanese Nintendo Direct on Youtube. No mention was made of a planned release in North America, but the new consoles will be available in Japan Oct. 11.
Compared to the 3DS and 3DS LL, the New 3DS and New 3DS LL (what us westerners know as the XL is called LL in Japan) both have a slightly faster processor and better battery life, as well as improved 3D performance and a built-in second thumbstick called the C-stick.
There are also two new shoulder buttons, ZR and LR, as well as native near-field communication technology to be used with Nintendo’s upcoming line of interactive figures called Amiibo, which is similar to the interactive toys used with the “Disney Infinity” and “Skylanders” games.
The New 3DS will also feature removable, changeable faceplates, but the New 3DS LL will not.
Since these new models have more computing power than the 3DS and 3DS LL, it will be possible for game developers to make games that will only be playable on the new models. This is the case with an upcoming remake of popular Wii game “Xenoblade Chronicles.” The cult-hit game will only be playable on the New 3DS or New 3DS LL.