Nintendo's updated 3DS handheld game console will finally reach the U.S. next month. The 3DS XL will arrive on Feb. 13 and retail for $200.
The company made several updates to its gaming system: they added a second analog stick and two new shoulder triggers; improved the battery life; and provided support for NFC and microSD. Plus, you won't have to worry about positioning your head "just-so" to enjoy the 3D graphics. Nintend0 enhanced the viewing system to support a wider range of viewing angles with technology that tracks your face.
You may notice something missing from the package, however. Nintendo opted not to include an AC adapter. The adapter from the previous 3DS is compatible, so if you still have the older version, you'll be in luck; otherwise, you'll need to go out and purchase one.
The 3DS XL is currently offered in black and red, and the company has already announced two special editions—Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition.
Other markets are getting two different versions—the XL and a regular-sized version that supports custom faceplates—but only the XL will be sold in the U.S.
"Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing," Nintendo of America stated to Polygon. "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 customers, and New Nintendo 3DS XL simply expands those choices even further."
That said, the company hasn't ruled out bringing the non-XL version to America at a later date.
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