Nintendo has officially announced that they will be releasing a new model of the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo 3DS XL.
Announced during the Nintendo Direct broadcast, the details were given that the new and improved models will be more powerful, bigger and will feature additional buttons and an analogue nub for dual-stick gameplay.
In addition, players will be able to customise their new 3DS console via the use of inter-changeable face plates for the system, of which 50 are expected to be released by the end of the year.
Another improvement is the devices touchscreen which will now serve as a NFC port, eliminating frustration (hopefully.)
The improved consoles are also confusingly named ‘New Nintendo 3DS’ and ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL’ just in case you were in any doubt as to whether they were the new 3DS consoles, I assume… The naming of the consoles seems a bit hap-hazard and is sure to confuse some of the not-so-bright consumers.
The new devices will be available in Japan from October 11th of this year whilst the UK and Europe will have to wait until 2015 to get their hands on a unit. There’s currently no scheduled release for North America, but expect it to be around the same time as the UK and Europe in 2015.
You can check out some images of the new console down below: