Nintendo is revising its popular handheld yet again. Announced via Nintendo Direct, the New Nintendo 3DS will make changes throughout the juggernaut handheld that will aid in gameplay, graphics, and other capabilities.
The most noticeable changes are the added buttons. Similar to the classic Wii/Wii U controllers, the New Nintendo 3DS will add two more shoulder buttons (ZR and ZL) so that the controller now has the same number of buttons as a Wii U controller. Also a new standard is a second analog stick, which is actually more like a knob. Placed diagonally above the four face buttons, the much smaller second analog stick is something that gamers have been asking for, that isn’t the somewhat cumbersome Circle Pad Pro. The added shoulder buttons will aid the second analog, which looks to primarily use the shoulder buttons when used.
Some of the other noteworthy upgrades will be the integration of Nintendo’s Amiibo system. The figures can be placed on the bottom touch display to access specific content and interact with the software. The big pairing on the horizon with the Amiibo figures is with the upcoming ostensible smash hit Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
The aesthetic upgrades include colored face buttons, in which each of the four buttons will have a different color, as well as exchangeable face plates so players can customize the outside casing of their New Nintendo 3DS.
The entire list of improvements that will be implemented on the New Nintendo 3DS according to Nintendo are:
- Better quality 3D.
- Second analog stick.
- NFC built-in.
- Gyro sensor.
- Two new bumper buttons.
- 7 hour battery life.
- microSD support.
- Wireless PC backup support.
- HTML5 browser.
- CPU clock increase.
The New Nintendo 3DS will release in Japan on October 11, 2014. There has been no US release date announced.
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