Yesterday, Nintendo debuted their 'next big thing' in the world of handheld gaming: the NEW 3DS and the NEW 3DS XL. Soooo...wait...this could get confusing. When someone says that they just bought a new 3DS, do they mean they bought a brand new (or new to them) 3DS console or did they buy one of these fancy newfangled 'New' Nintendo 3DS systems? Seriously, I just don't get the name. Couldn't they have come up with something a little less vague? 3DSn? 3DSi? Super 3DS? Really Nintendo?
All complaints aside about the name, it seems that this really is a brand new console that will have new games release that are only compatible with the 'New' 3DS models: Xenoblade Chronicles being the first game announced...most likely because the 'New' 3DS has faster chips and can therefore run larger games that need a higher memory and processing capacity. So I wonder how long before Nintendo stops releasing some games on the 3DS and makes them "next-gen exclusives."
The visual differences are pretty noticeable...
1) The console features not two, but four shoulder buttons, incorporating the ZL and ZR buttons featured on the Wii U Gamepad.
2) The A, B, X, and Y buttons are also colored similar to the color combinations featured on some SNES controllers. There's a bit of nostalgia that I am happy to see and I must admit, it looks rather nice against the white coloring of the 'New' 3DS. I am not quite as happy as how it looks on the XL version, but I rarely ever swoon over the XL handhelds anyways, so this really doesn't matter much to me.
3) The stylus is on the bottom of the console rather than the top, which IMO is pretty great as I find it somewhat awkward to easily access the stylus while I am playing a game without having to close the lid somewhat.
4) Also on the bottom is the game card slot. I'm sorry, but this is pretty dumb. Unless they made the games insert some other way than being spring-loaded, it would make it way way too easy to accidentally eject your game while playing. Not cool.
5) Perhaps I should have added this closer to the top of my list, but the 'New' 3DS also features a teeny tiny circle pad on the right side of the console. It has been confirmed that this is the good ol' C buttons from the N64 and Gamecube days. Hoorah.
6) I already mentioned the greater memory capacity and higher processing power and yadda yadda...
7) Slightly longer battery life than the original 3DS, however even the 2DS was released with a slightly longer battery life than the 3DS, too, but then again that's probably more due to the fact that the 2DS does not feature 3D graphics rendering even though it still plays 3DS games.
8) This console is also slightly thinner, more rounded, and features a bigger screen than the original 3DS.
9) Some of the button placements have been changed, for example the power button is now on the bottom of the console rather than inside and the Start and Select buttons have been moved back right where they belong: under the ABXY buttons and NOT directly under the bottom screen. *claps*
10) Finally, the bottom touch screen features some sort of sensor underneath it (forgot what it's called) that I am assuming will make the console compatible with soon-to-be-released Amiibo figures. Super Smash Bros. has also been confirmed to be compatible with the special sensor feature (that led me to assume the whole Amiibo compatibility thing).
11) OH WAIT I almost forgot to mention the most important part: this thing has a wider viewing angle for the 3D screen! Okay, I'm starting to be sold on this thing...
I still love my good ol' purple 3DS, but if I have the money, I might actually fork some out for one of these new consoles. My hubby has pretty much already claimed one, so that means I'll have to wait a while. Let's hope these things are released pretty close to time for income taxes to come out. ;) I'm going to give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt and say that was their plan all along...
So overall, what do you think? The console will not be released in the United States this year, in fact, no American release date has been given despite the fact that the console was confirmed to release in Japan this October.