There will be custom Home Screen themes available for 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS owners, each based on popular Nintendo franchises – Classic and Modern-style Super Mario, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and even Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
You can see the assorted themes in the image above, or individually below. Click any of the screens to view the full-size versions:
The interchangeable themes will be distributed via Nintendo eShop, and should be available after a 3DS System Update in October.
No doubt about it, that theme for A Link Between Worlds is calling my name. What do you think? Which custom theme will you use, if any of them?
Xenoblade Chronicles for the 3DS was confirmed during today’s Japanese Nintendo Direct, but the cult classic Wii RPG won’t be playable on standard 3DS, 3DS XL or 2DS systems – it will be the first New Nintendo 3DS exclusive, only playable thanks to the New 3DS’s improved hardware.
Below is the first trailer of the game running on the New Nintendo 3DS:
Today’s Japanese Nintendo Direct video revealed The New Nintendo 3DS & 3DS LL; the latest model of the 3DS hardware includes features such a second analog stick (the “C-stick”) and two new trigger buttons (shown below).
As you can see in the image above, the “ZR” and “ZL” buttons are situated next to the R & L triggers on the top/back of the system. The face buttons – A, B, X & Y – have been colored like the traditional SNES controller buttons in Japan (shown below).
The new hardware also boasts improved CPU, which will improve general performance and speed as well as the eShop browsing and downloading experience. There’s also a micro SD slot, shown in the image below.
The powerful hardware in the New 3DS will allow for certain games – such as the confirmed handheld version of Xenoblade Chronicles, also revealed today - that otherwise can’t be played on the original 3DS, 3DS XL or 2DS models.
Finally, the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL will be Amiibo-friendly, so the new line of Nintendo-branded figures that interact with games will also be a part of the 3DS moving forward.
The New 3DS and 3DS LL have been confirmed for launch on October 10 in Japan; Nintendo said the New 3DS models will not arrive in North America or Europe this year, but I am guessing it won’t be far into 2015 that they launch in other regions.
All I cay say: goodness gracious, I can’t wait to use that C-Stick in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.
As most of you are probably already aware, Nintendo’s offerings at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles were pretty much the talk of the show.
This year’s presentation largely expanded the upcoming Wii U library, but plenty more was announced for the Nintendo 3DS, including information about key titles such as Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, as well as upcoming eShop titles.
Unfortunately, I was unable to keep up with any sort of posting during the E3 week, and missed out on most of the big headlines. As a result, I am going to do my best to post a few of the highlights and resume consistent posting from this point forward.
Stay tuned for some of the big release date announcements, trailers and new information about E3′s biggest Nintendo 3DS games.
The Miiverse feature (previously exclusive to Wii U players) that essentially opens up the social aspect of the Nintendo Network will soon be available on the Nintendo 3DS. More details after the break. Continue reading
During today’s Pokemon Direct presentation, Nintendo confirmed the special edition Pokemon X & Y Nintendo 3DS XL bundles that we’ve all been expecting/waiting for – you can see the red and blue models above.
Unlike many of the special edition bundles, these Pokemon X & Y 3DS XL packages don’t seem to come pre-loaded with a copy of the game on the console. This makes perfect sense, however – these special-edition handhelds will hit retailers on September 27, a few weeks before the launch of X & Y.
There could be special edition Nintendo 3DS XL bundles based on Pokemon X & Y headed to North America, similar to the ones confirmed for launch day in Japan.
You can see the potential “evidence” in the Target inventory scan above.
Thoughts? Looks like my October just got a bit more expensive…and I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to upgrade to a 3DS XL.
Nintendo has opened up a product page on its official website for a Refurbished Nintendo 3DS XL, available for $169.99 (for a limited time) in black and blue colors.
Those are somewhat ironic color choices, considering the refurbished handhelds “may have minor cosmetic blemishes”, though Nintendo promises they are “guaranteed to be fully functional.”
(You know, black and blue…like bruises. Har har…sorry, it’s Monday, and very early.)
They are guaranteed for a year, in fact – the refurbished systems come with the standard one-year warranty. Not too shabby, considering the re-packaged 3DS XL costs the same as the standard 3DS model, comes with a charger and stylus, and a 4GB SD card.
I’m not sure how “limited” the time really is, but the standard refurbished price on Nintendo’s site appears to be $179.99 – not too much more, but still a nice sale.
The black-colored Nintendo 3DS XL has been available in Europe for a while, but not in North America.
It appears that Nintendo could be changing this soon; though there has been no official announcement at this time, a new commercial for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team shows off the black-colored 3DS XL. You can see a screenshot from the commercial to the right.
The last time there was a special 3DS XL shown off during an advertisement, it was the special Pikachu model that was released for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - and it was confirmed shortly after.
It’s nice to see the plain-colored 3DS models coming to North America, but how about a higher quantity of the special-edition ones? I would have loved to score a Pikachu 3DS XL, before they started selling for almost $400 on eBay.