New Nintendo 3DS; what it has to offer for gamers

If a gamer is ordering a new device, then the most important feature that will attract him is the amazing new 3D effect. The older version of 3DS demanded the gamers to keep their head in ‘sweet spot,’ a fixed position, to achieve the benefit of the extra dimension but now the players can conveniently move around, and 3D follows them.

All thanks to the latest console’s front-facing camera, 3DS will now follow the gamer’s head and adjust parallax for meeting the angle of their focus. Just like when the stereotypic function of the 3DS showed up in the year 2011, the latest 3DS feature offers something that gamers need to see and understand. However, it is assured that the new 3DS features makes a phenomenal difference and has given a reason to many gamers for pushing the slider of 3D back up again.

Having that said, there is still a debate going on over whether the latest 3D effect of the handheld devices by Nintendo is something more than just a gimmick, and the company has not done enough lately to prove otherwise. Two of the most popular games that hit the 3DS, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, ignored this feature for most of the parts. The 2DS, however, speaks for itself.

The new head-tracking 3D by Nintendo does not make the device better in pop and clarity, but it does make it more comfortable and consistent to use, which for many users, is still a great improvement.

Added speed, however, is something that might be slightly less noticeable when a gamer picks up a 3DS. The company has swapped out CPU for a faster model. The applications now close and open with added brevity, while many of the upcoming games are going to be only compatible with the newer model.

The Circle Pad Pro is designed to provide a fix for anyone who does not want to upgrade currently, but all the new games which exclusively are New 3DS-compatible, there is no another solution for the gamers with older versions but to buy the new one. And this is going to cause a little fragmentation, but the very reason for this change is obsolescence of the previous processor by Nintendo which has now become four years old.

It is yet to be seen just how much of grunt the latest processor will lend 3DS, but with additional controls which now have become a part of parcel it might be the only issue that is standing between some lovely Gamecube ports and 3DS. The prospect of 1 day playing the Mario Sunshine on 3DS is indeed greatly exciting for gamers all around the world.

What has not been significantly boosted on the latest model, however, is the camera of the New 3DS. There has been a minor improvement for picture capturing in conditions with low light, but overall it is a slightly weak feature according to gamers who have hands-on experience with new 3DS.

Nintendo has made another preparation for future, NFC, which is going to be much useful and it is called. The New Nintendo 3DS comes with a built-in NFC which is ready for the Nintendo’s army of the Amiibo figurines. Simply by placing Amiibo on the bottom screen of 3DS, the two will interact and allow the gamer to level up their character, gain bonus items, etc. The sales of Nintendo’s toys are going marvelously well currently. So it is all but rational to expect seeing many more characters along with increased 3DS interaction very soon.

And for the games, it is not needed to say that they are in abundance. Some of the games are really good and with their technical superiority give competition to certain PS Vita games.

The gaming library that is available for 3DS owners is varied and vast already. The game library will grow stronger with some more powerful games all thanks to new CPU.

New Nintendo 3DS Games


There is a huge variety of games for the gamers who are looking forward to purchasing the New Nintendo 3DS. Following is a list of games that are available on the new Nintendo 3DS:

Games Release Date Price
Mario Party Star Rush November 4, 2016 $39.99
Disney Magical World 2 October 14, 2016 $39.99
YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits September 30, 2016 $39.99
YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls September 30, 2016 $39.99
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse September 20, 2016 $49.99
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past September 16, 2016 $39.99
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward August 19, 2016 $29.99
Metroid Prime: Federation Force August 19, 2016 $39.99
Monster Hunter Generations July 15, 2016 $39.99
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens June 28, 2016 $29.99
7th Dragon III Code: VFD July 12, 2016 $39.99
BOXBOXBOY June 30, 2016 $4.99
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma June 28, 2016 $39.99
Disney Art Academy May 13, 2016 $29.99
Kirby: Planet Robobot June 10, 2016 $39.99
The Battle Cats POP! June 27, 2016 $9.99
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge April 28, 2016 Free
SEGA 3D Classics Collection April 26, 2016 $29.99
Bravely Second: End Layer April 15, 2016 $39.99
Pokémon Rumble World April 29, 2016 $29.99
Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest February 19, 2016 $39.99
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright February 19, 2016 $39.99
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games March 18, 2016 $39.99
Hyrule Warriors Legends March 25, 2016 $39.99
Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation March 10, 2016 $19.99


Comparison Between New Nintendo 3DS XL And Nintendo 3DS XL

Though many gamers feel that there are no major differences between the new Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 3DS XL, some of the points where both the devices can be compared and differentiated include:

Features New Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL
Price(MSRP1) $199.99 $174.99
Plays 3D games 2D,  face-tracking 3D In 2D,  3D
Plays the Nintendo DS games Yes Yes
Online and local multiplayer Yes Yes
Download games and applications2 Yes Yes
Plays 3D videos Yes Yes
Records 3D video & 3D stop-motion animation3 Yes Yes
Data storage for games, music, and photos microSDHC card (4GB included) SD card (4GB included)
Takes pictures with the built-in cameras 2D and 3D photos 2D and 3D photos
NFC reader (Built-in) Yes
AR capabilities (Augmented Reality) Yes Yes
StreetPass™ (For exchanging game data with the system owners that you pass on street) Yes Yes
SpotPass™ (For detecting Nintendo Zone locations to access content on-the-go) Yes Yes
Parental Controls (for managing content that is accessed by children) Yes Yes
Software Included AR Games™

Face Raiders™

Mii Maker™

StreetPass™ Mii Plaza™

Activity Log

Nintendo eShop3

Nintendo 3DS™ Browser3

Nintendo 3DS™ Camera

Nintendo 3DS™ Sound

AR Games™

Face Raiders™

Mii Maker™

StreetPass™ Mii Plaza™

Activity Log

Nintendo eShop3

Nintendo 3DS™ Browser3

Nintendo 3DS™ Camera

Nintendo 3DS™ Sound

Size of Screen Upper: 4.88 inches (diagonal)
Lower: 4.18 inches (diagonal)
Upper: 4.88 inches (diagonal)
Lower: 4.18 inches (diagonal)
Graphics display 3D-enabled widescreen LCD (with face-tracking 3D) 800×240 pixels (400 pixels per eye when using 3D feature) Wide-screen LCD showing 16.77 million colors with 800 x 240-pixel resolution. (400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D visuals)
Sleep Mode •(by closing the console) •(by closing the console)
Power saving mode
Speakers Stereo Stereo
Dimensions 93.5mm high x 160mm wide x 21.5mm thick (closed) 93mm high x 156mm wide x 22mm thick (closed)
Weight Approx. 12 ounces Approx. 12 ounces


How does New Nintendo 3DS XL stand out

There are certain features of the New Nintendo 3DS XL which makes it more prominent and desirable by the gamers all around the world. Besides, being the latest and improved model by Nintendo, following are a few distinctive features that gamers find appealing about the New Nintendo 3DS XL:

Face-Tracking 3D

Games with the New Nintendo 3DS XL, now leap to life due to the super-stable 3D. This feature uses the inner cameras of the system for adjusting images based on the viewing angle of gamers so that they can conveniently enjoy complete immersion in their games.

New Controls

The new C-stick brings in new control possibilities ( such as intuitive camera control) for compatible games. Plus, the new ZR and ZL buttons provide gamers with more options than they had ever before. It is indeed a charming development for gamers.

Built-In Amiibo Support

All a gamers need to do for enjoying the Amiibo features in the compatible games is to tap the Amiibo figure to NFC (the Near-Field Communication) reader on the lower screen. Gamers can get content and other items, customize their character and experience other features while they are using the Amiibo figures like Mario, with the Amiibo-compatible games.

More Power

The CPU’s improved performance means a faster time of loading, so gamers can spend a lot more time playing instead of waiting for it to load. Many games will now play and look better than ever. Whereas several upcoming and new games now will be built keeping in view the CPU performance, therefore, maximum advantage of such a power boost can be taken.

Play More Games Than Ever

Gamers still can play all their Nintendo 3DS games along with nearly all the games from Nintendo’s previous systems line the Nintendo DSi and DS. Besides, some of the future titles will exclusively be playable on New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Better Browsing

The latest and improved internet browser now allows the gamers to surf the web and watch videos over the internet with ease and convenience. Gamers can now even use the ZR and ZL buttons for switching tabs or zooming in with the help of C stick.

Easy Data Sharing

Gamers can now transfer their music, photos, and various other files between the microSDHC card of the system and their PC through a wireless network. With the latest system, it is not required to remove microSDHC card for the purpose of data sharing.

Camera Improvements

The system now comes with an improved camera as well. Now gamers can enjoy better camera results when they take photos in the low-light situations.

New Nintendo 3DS U.S. Release


The new Nintendo 3DS system is going to be available for a price under $100 as the sources report. It is a deal that is spelled out quite clearly. It will be the 1st time ever when a popular hand-held device by Nintendo, the new Nintendo 3DS video game system, is going to be offered for a retail price of only $99.99.

The 2 special-edition models in black and white color will feature Mushroom Kingdom imagery and character. Both the models with become available from the November 25th, 2016. This system, having a great software, will equally appeal both value shoppers and gift-givers.

According to Doug Bowser, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nintendo of America,

“Nintendo has some of the best gifts for the holiday season.” He added that “whether you’re looking for games for the whole family or a cool new system at a great value, Nintendo has you covered.”

As soon as a shopper picks up this system, the next step will be loading up of great games. Fortunately, Nintendo 3DS family of the gaming systems has a massive library and provides something for everyone and every kind of gamer. Gaming fans and shoppers can find themselves game recommendations with special offers, discounts, and bundles by simply visiting the Holiday Gift Guide by Nintendo.

Nintendo fans who are looking forward to building up their game libraries for Nintendo 3DS can treat themselves to games like Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D Land. Whereas gamers can look forward to future, knowing that the new Pikmingame for the Nintendo 3DS, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King and Ever Oasis are in their war next year, i.e. 2017.

New 3DS XL Galaxy

The president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime revealed the Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL in August 2016. The Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL features an image of the lavender galaxy on a replaceable plate of the device.

Since the launch of New Nintendo 3DS XL, the company has released different variants of the device among which the Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL stands out for its color and appearance.

The Galaxy Style version of New Nintendo 3DS XL was revealed officially by Reggie Fils-Aime on a social platform, Twitter. He announced that the Galaxy Style variant would be available soon for a price of $199.99. On contradiction to what anybody might guess initially, based on the name of handheld, the latest Galaxy New Nintendo 3DS XL did not appear to have any relation with Super Mario Galaxy series. In the video that was released for introducing the Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL, a morphing star filed was shown that eventually becomes the front side of the handheld device. Besides the appearance of the device, Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL is very much similar to its predecessors, similar to Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes New Nintendo 3DS XL which was released last year, i.e. 2015.

The faceplate of Galaxy New Nintendo 3DS XL is very beautiful to look at, while the handheld device, of course, offers all the bonuses for players that were introduced by the New Nintendo 3DS when it was launched to surpass the older version, Nintendo 3DS. Besides a larger XL-model display screen and new C-Stick, the latest New Nintendo 3DS XL has superior visuals in combination with a system which has more processing power as compared to the original Nintendo 3DS. However, if a user gets bored of the look of Galaxy Style 3DS model, they can easily remove and swap the faceplate, as they can do with all other versions of New Nintendo devices.

Unfortunately, the officials at Nintendo sis not announce their plans of releasing Galaxy Style faceplate to be an add-on or a stand-alone for those players who were already using a New Nintendo 3DS XL device which means that if a gamer wants to have a Galaxy Style faceplate, he will need to buy a new device for the purpose. Additionally, while the cost of handheld devices are identical to the standard red and black variants of New Nintendo 3DS XL, certain gamers might prefer picking up the versions when it offers a game, for instance, the Pokémon New Nintendo 3DS bundle. However, other gamers can wait for discount deals to grab their favorite variant.

Though the Galaxy Style version is very attractive and appealing to gamers, not every gamer would want to buy this handheld especially when they already are using another variant of New Nintendo 3DS XL.


New Nintendo 3DS colors

The new Nintendo 3 DS was released in two basic colors:

  • Black
  • White

Whereas the list of various New Nintendo 3DS editions along with their chassis colors is given below:

Name Color
Groudon Black
Kyogre White
Yo-kai Watch White
Ambassador Editon White
Fire Emblem Fates Black
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Black
Pokemon Alpha Sapphire White
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Black
Mario Special Edition White
Hello Kitty White
Monster Hunter Generations Black
Pokémon 20th Anniversary White
Dragon Ball Fusions White
Super Mario 3D Land White
Colorful Star White
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer White
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward White
Super Mario Black/White Edition Black/White


Therefore, either a gamer can select their favorite color or go for the one which comes with their favorite game. If lucky enough, the gamer can find a combination of their favorite color with their favorite game. For instance, if somebody wants to buy Colorful Stars and likes white, then it will be an ideal deal for him as this particular special edition of New Nintendo 3DS comes in White color only.


New Nintendo 3DS XL Colors:

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is available in a greater variety of colors and special editions. Some of the colors that New Nintendo 3DS XL is available in include:

  • Metallic Black
  • Metallic Blue
  • Metallic Red
  • Pearl White
  • Lime and Black
  • Pink and White
  • Galaxy
  • Orange and Black

New Nintendo 3DS XL Bundles

The standard bundle for the New Nintendo 3DS XL has a retail price of $199.99. This handheld device lets gamers play their favorite games anytime and at anyplace. Equipped with the Amiibo support, fast processing speeds, built-in options for entertainment and Face-tracking, it a quite a good deal. The AC adapter is not included in the box, and the gamers can use any Nintendo 2DS, 3DS, DSi,  or 3DS XL charger with it. It is available in 3 colors; New galaxy, red and black. And it is available at Amazon, GameStop, Target and Best Buy.

Some of the exclusive New Nintendo 3DS XL bundles include:

New Nintendo 3DS XL Special Edition New Lime Green

It costs around $199.99 and comes with a pre-installed Super Mario World game. The complete box does not include charger. The gamers can use other Nintendo chargers like Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, and DSi for this handheld device. This exclusive bundle can be purchased through Amazon.

New Nintendo 3DS XL Solgaleo Lunala Black Edition

The retail price for this special edition is $199.99. This New Nintendo 3DS XL comes decorated with the designs from Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Sun games. However, the games are not included. This exclusive version also does not come with a charger and gamers can use other Nintendo chargers with it. The Solgaleo Lunala Black Edition is available at Best Buy, Target, ToysRus, and GameStop.

Super Mario 3D Land Edition New Nintendo 3DS

This exclusive New Nintendo 3DS comes with a pre-installed Super Mario 3D Land game along with two extra interchangeable cover plates of Mario-theme. The retail price for this exclusive edition is $149.99, and gamers can buy this from Target.

With a huge variety of games already released and soon-to-be-released for the New Nintendo 3DS XL, it is not a bad idea to gamers to start saving and buy their favorite one as soon as they can.

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