As you can see, the 3DS XL is noticeably larger than the regular 3DS. (image courtesy GameSpot)

Ah, Nintendo.  Not even two weeks after Shigeru Miyamoto claimed that the Nintendo 3DS hardware didn’t need any changes and that Nintendo was looking towards “a future generation of handheld” for changes, Nintendo has announced a new version of the 3DS called the 3DS XL.  Anyone who has a DS XL should know what to expect; the 3DS XL’s main feature as compared to the standard 3DS is its larger screens.   Nintendo claims the new screens are 90 percent larger than the original 3DS’.  In addition, the 3DS XL will feature a longer battery life and more internal memory.  The 3DS will release in the U.S. on August 19–the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2–in red and blue variants for $199.99.

-Nick’s take:  Buying a 3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros. 2 together still won’t cost you as much as the regular 3DS originally cost at launch.

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