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Saturday, August 30, 2014

So You Just Bought A New 3DS. Or Did You?

Apparently, a lot of folks are upset about the fact that Nintendo is coming out with a new handheld game device called the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. I say "coming out" because it hasn't even been released in Japan yet. That happens likely around the end of October, 2014. Europeans may get the system in the spring or summer of 2015 and if you live in the US...well, maybe sometime soon after that.

In August of 2012, Nintendo released a 3DS XL which boasted longer battery life and larger viewing screens that gave players a better 2D and 3D viewing experience.This version was the first revision of the original Nintendo 3DS handheld game device. For parents and gamers in general to upgrade to that device cost them about $199. This is no small investment when it comes to game entertainment.

But now, gamers are being told that they're "new" device will soon be outdated. The reason for this is that some of the much loved games like Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii will be released in the future for the New 3DS and the New 3DS XL but are not playable on the older versions of Nintendo DS handheld devices (DS released in the US in 2004, DS Lite, DSi, 3DS, 2DS and 3DS XL). So if you want to play those hardcore gamer's games, you will have to upgrade...again.

The New 3DS boasts an even longer battery life and a faster CPU (Central Processing Unit) or the brains of the device. The device will house a new easier to use analog controller button for controlling the camera throughout the game called the C-Stick. This feature will likely remind users of the GameCube. The best feature of the New 3DS and the New 3DS XL will be the optimized 3D screen that allows much better 3 dimensional viewing. No more having to shift your angle to view the screen.

The New 3DS and New 3DS XL was designed with hardcore gamers in mind because games that are scheduled to be released for it have 65+ hours of core content. That's hardcore game playing. The game slot has also been moved to the front left side of the device and new colorful face buttons have been added. And since the new 3D screen automatically adjusts to the effects of brightness, this saves on and can extend battery life.

The New 3DS will also let you use your Amiibo figures. These are small, bright and colorful plastic game characters several inches in height that interact within the game when placed on the game pad. These figures improve the gamer's experience.  The New 3DS will be selling for around $154 and the New 3DS XL will be selling for about $173. Or you could save your money and wait for the next revision which will probably be coming out soon afterwards.

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