Looks like they are updating it like what they did with the N64 RAM pack and the Gameboy Colour. Loving the metallic blue one! Taken from Kotaku.com:
It’s called the “new” 3DS and the “new” 3DS LL. It’s faster with “new” 3DS viewing. It also has “Amiibo” function and a new analog pad call the “C-stick.” Wow! This sounds great.
The New Nintendo 3DS is priced at 16,000 yen ($154) and the New Nintendo 3DS LL is priced at 18,800 yen ($181). Both will be out October 10 in Japan.
Here’s some pics of the new one or you can check out what’s different between the old and new 3DS here.
The New Nintendo 3DS comes in White and Black, while the New 3DS XL comes in Metallic Blue and Metallic Black. Note that in Japan, the 3DS XL is called the “3DS LL.”
The New 3DS also has colorful face buttons.
That’s no accident. Nintendo designed the buttons with the Super Famicom controller in mind. And here are the New 3DS XL buttons, which should also look familiar:
While the new analog stick is called, well, the C-stick, Nintendo exec Satoru Iwata says it is closer to a button. It was designed with the GameCube’s C-stick in mind. According to Iwata, the new C-stick is easy to use.
The new C-stick will be used in Dragon Quest X: Online, Final Fantasy Explorers, and Monster Hunter 4G to control the in-game camera function, and in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS to unleash Smash Attacks.
The game card slot, however, has been moved to the front left side.
This, of course, is the back of the New 3DS.
The touch pens.
The New Nintendo 3DS has a new function, which is a cool and welcome change—the screen can automatically adjust brightness depending on the lighting.
Using this function isn’t only easy, but it means better battery life.
The New Nintendo 3DS also has an improved 3D function. With the original 3DS, if you viewed the 3D effect from the side and didn’t stay in the “sweet spot,” the 3DS became all blurred.
However, the New 3DS has improved 3D, enabling players to continue to see the 3D effect even if viewed from an angle. Nintendo figured out how to stabilize the 3D. How? Well…
The New 3DS uses the portable’s camera and gyro sensors to track the player’s face.
And the New 3DS can then make adjustments, ensuring the 3D effect isn’t blurred.
The New Nintendo 3DS is also equipped with a NFC reader/writer in its bottom screen, which means players can put Amiibo toys directly on the portable to have the New 3DS read them.
For those who need extra storage, the New 3DS will use a Micro SD card, which is located under the portable’s covering.
The New 3DS also has a more powerful CPU, which means players can download games and content quicker.
This means that better-looking games can be developed for the New 3DS, but also that there will be New 3DS-exclusive titles, such as the already-announced Xenoblade Chronicles.
The New Nintendo 3DS is priced at 16,000 yen ($154) and the New Nintendo 3DS XL is priced at 18,800 yen ($181). Both will be out October 11 in Japan.
Nintendo has always had a special knack for making gorgeous themed cases for the 3DS. For the new model 3DS announced this morning, they’re doing one better: releasing standalone face-plates that allow you to customize your personal console.
Predictably, they look pretty great. This mushroom one is probably my favorite. It’s like you’re carrying your very own power-up around in your backpack!
I also like that they’re getting into patterns, rather than just specific game themes:
That seems like a nice nod to gamers who’d rather not have the face of some famous video game character plastered across the front of their 3DS, staring out at whoever’s looking at them on the subway.
Although, can you really say no to a face like this?
As with the newly-announced 3DS, these don’t have a street date for the U.S. yet. So far, Nintendo has put 38 of these bad boys on its Japanese website. The prices range from 1,000 Japanese yen to 3,000, which is roughly $10-$30. Thirty bucks might sound like a lot (video games!), but I still think these would be a great thing to bring stateside for no better reason than they offer 3DS fans such as this blogger more diversity in their mobile gaming habits. I currently own a plain blue 3DS XL, for instance, and always find myself feeling incredibly envious whenever I see someone rocking one of the badass Yoshi or Legend of Zelda-themed case. Buying a new one isn’t feasibly every time I get excited by, say, the new Super Smash Bros. model, however, since they still cost $300 each.