Nintendo’s New 3DS XL Coming to America on February 13

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Nintendo’s updated 3DS model, the New 3DS, is officially coming to the U.S., and it’s coming soon. Real soon. Like February 13th soon. It’ll sell for $199.99. (I hope you have some leftover Christmas gift money stashed away!)

As of now, Nintendo has only confirmed the stateside release of the New 3DS XL, but for some reason not the smaller size, which sells in Japan as the LL and features a white color scheme with multi-colored face buttons and customizable faceplates. I guess Nintendo also expects that all New 3DS XL customers will be existing 3DS owners looking to upgrade, because apparently the system will not ship with an AC adapter, so you’ll either need to already have one or go buy one separately. That’s just stupid.

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Those two baffling decisions by Nintendo of America aside aside, the New 3DS XL sports a wealth of enhanced features over its New-less predecessors that should make it worth investing in, including the addition of a right C Stick, two additional shoulder buttons (ZL and ZR), stabilized face-tracking 3D, built-in support for NFC and amiibo figures, and a boost in processing power.

For North America, the New 3DS XL will be available at launch in red or black color options.

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