NINTENDO have announced a new iteration of the 3DS called “New Nintendo 3DS” – yes really – which will be out in Japan on the 11th of October.
It will feature bigger screens on both ends, coloured face buttons, a tiny second stick that is reminiscent of the C-stick on the Gamecube controller, faster download speeds, a better browser, extra should buttons and amiibo support. Amiibo, for those who missed Nintendo’s fantastic E3 conference, is the idea of putting mini statuettes on your 3Ds to unlock unique things for certain compatible games and swap data between the 3DS and the Wii U. For example, putting a Mario amiibo that you used on Super Smash Bros on the Wii U on your 3DS version will transfer statistics for that character and unique custom moves for Mario on the 3DS.
On top of all that, Nintendo is also enhancing the 3D effect. Previously, turning the 3D on would result in a blurrier picture. However, on the “New 3DS” it’ll be crystal clear. That enhancement is something I wish was in the first iteration of the 3DS, but I guess hindsight is 20/20 even for Nintendo.
Sadly there isn’t any confirmation on when the “New 3DS” will come out internationally, outside of Nintendo saying to not expect any release in 2014.