Two years to the day, the highly-anticipated Nintendo 3DS system succeeded the DS line of consoles in Europe, with some promising hardware, all-new control inputs, and perhaps most importantly, that auto-stereoscopic top screen; capable of displaying 3D graphics without the need for special glasses. Continue reading
Nintendo’s being rather generous, of late. Yesterday, it was confirmed that New Super Mario Bros. 2 would be getting a free add-on content pack to commemorate a huge coin total in the game’s Coin Rush mode; and today, Nintendo’s confirmed that it’s giving away a free game download, just because you own a Nintendo 3DS XL – and not a £3.60 Virtual Cosnole download, either. Continue reading
Last month it was confirmed that Europe would be treated to – albeit in limited quantities – two new Nintendo 3DS XL colours: White and Pikachu Yellow; with the former arriving on 16th November, with a pre-installed copy of Mario Kart 7. Continue reading
Nintendo’s 3DS XL launched back in August in three colours: red, blue and silver. Now though, the rather slick-looking all-white handheld that was previously Japan-only is coming to Europe as part of a Mario Kart 7 bundle. A physical copy of the game will not come included in the box, however; but will come pre-installed on the bundled 4GB SD Card. Continue reading
From November 1st through 15th, Nintendo of Japan will be releasing a trio of Nintendo 3DS XL systems designed to promote three of Nintendo’s biggest games for the handheld’s second Christmas on the market; with each bundle coming with a download code for the game its design is based on. Continue reading
If you’re still sitting on the fence when it comes to investing in the Nintendo 3DS XL, GAME and GameStation have an offer which might tempt you to take the plunge within the next week: if you purchase a 3DS XL from one of the UK retailers before 17th August, you’ll also get to take home a free copy of one of four (rather good) games. Continue reading
If you think the Nintendo 3DS XL is just a 3DS with bigger screens, think again. The 3DS’s first reiteration offers a plethora of small tweaks and improvements over the original model which you may not have noticed; allow us to take you through the finer details of Nintendo’s new handheld in comparison with the original Nintendo 3DS.
Keen for us all to remember the launch of the Nintendo 3DS XL tomorrow, Nintendo’s kindly reminded us all of what the 3DS’s first reiteration has to offer. Rather than copying out the entire press release, here’s our summary:
- Nintendo 3DS XL launches across Europe tomorrow (Saturday, 28th July).
- Will be available in the colours Silver + Black, Red + Black and Blue + Black.
- Boasts the biggest screen ever on a Nintendo handheld with 90% bigger screens.
- Its surface is only 46% bigger than the current Nintendo 3DS – 3D experiences still comfortably fit in the palm of your hands.
- Glasses free 3D upper screen offers a larger area – measuring 4.88 inches, there will be proportionally more 3D screen compared to the overall frame.
- The rim around the edge of the top screen has been streamlined, creating a slim look.
- The 90% increase in the upper screen size is reflected for the bottom screen, which is now 4.18 inches.
- It features a larger battery capacity which offers six hours 30 minutes – up from five hours on the original handheld.
- With upcoming titles such as New Super Mario Bros.2 becoming available as digital downloads, you’ll be glad of the extra space – up from 2GB to 4GB.
- Nintendo 3DS XL features the full capabilities of the original Nintendo 3DS.
- The console launches alongside New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art and FreakyForms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!
- So get ready for an extra-large July 28th when Nintendo 3DS XL launches across Europe.
Nintendo may consider itself on track to return the 3DS to profitability with the forthcoming launch of the new 3DS XL, although Wedbush Morgan analyst, Michael Pachter believes it’s not so simple for the console manufacturer:
“The larger 3DS format is not all that compelling for the customer, and although I think the XL will help sales, I don’t think that the impact will revive weak sales of handhelds overall.”
On a slightly related note, Pachter has expressed his beliefs that the PlayStation Vita’s slow sales have been due to, much like with the 3DS in its first months, its price and a lack of software:
“Vita’s too expensive for most, priced pretty much the same as the PS3 everywhere. While I think the Vita is good value and a great device, when compared to the PS3 it’s pretty expensive.
“Also, there is not much of a library of Vita games, so sales will probably be slow until we see more content.”
Nintendo’s doing something right with the 3DS, then, with a more-than-reasonable price tag, and a solid collection of both released and upcoming games; although whether the 3DS XL can revitalise the system’s fortunes completely remains to be seen.
Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Review Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Also Available on: N/A
Release Date: 20/07/12
Kingdom Hearts 3D, for those unaccustomed with the series, is the seventh game in Square Enix’s action-based franchise which blends Disney’s lovable characters and worlds with incredibly deep, and often confusing RPG elements from the developer’s own Final Fantasy.