Nintendo Reveals 3DS XL Console with Extra Large Display

Paul Lilly

The Wii U isn't the only big console news coming from Nintendo's camp. On the mobile gaming front, Nintendo today revealed plans to launch an XL version of its 3DS console with a screen that's almost twice as large (90 percent bigger) than the original version. It will ship in North America on August 19, 2012 for $200, packing a new form factor and either red or blue digs.

It will also wield an improved batteyr that, despite the 90 percent larger screen, outperforms that of the original 3DS, Nintendo claims. The 3DS XL will come bundled with a 4GB SD card to store music, photos, and downloadable games and videos from the Nintendo eShop.

"No other hand-held entertainment experience compares to the fun of Nintendo 3DS," said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime . "With the launch of Nintendo 3DS XL on August 19, consumers will be able to enjoy the great lineup of current and upcoming games on an even grander scale. Plus, Nintendo 3DS XL gives owners even more real estate on their screens to enjoy entertainment applications like Nintendo Video and Netflix."

Also scheduled to launch on August 19 is New Super Mario Bros. 2.

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