Nintendo Announces ‘New’ Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL Models, Releases in Japan October 11th

In a special 3DS specific Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata announced a new version of the 3DS and 3DS XL, just termed the ‘new’ 3DS and 3DS XL. These new handhelds have improved screens and 3D viewable from multiple angles, along with a smaller analogue stick called the C-Stick (like the one on the Gamecube), recoloured face buttons and additional triggers on the back.

The system also comes with a micro-USB slot and NFC reader technology built in to work with Nintendo’s new amiibo line of products, which saves buying a separate amiibo reader, as well as a faster processor than previous 3DS models. You will also be able to transfer files from your new 3DS straight to your computer, as well as utilise new face plates for the system to customise your handheld however you’d like.

A general 3DS firmware update will be coming in October, allowing customisable backgrounds, music, sound effects and folders for players to make their 3DS a bit more personal. No news on when these versions of the handhelds will be released outside of Japan but we will no doubt hear in the near future.

What do you think of these new 3DS models? Is your wallet already weeping at the thought of buying another 3DS? Comment below with your thoughts.

UPDATE #1: Nintendo UK has stated that these new 3DS models will not be out in Europe until 2015. For anyone who is on the fence about getting a 3DS, maybe leave it till after Christmas.