Friday, August 29, 2014

The Potential of the New 3DS

If you haven't seen the news yet - or the Facebook feed where I apparently can't shut up about it - Nintendo announced a new 3DS, called the New 3DS.

And you thought I was crazy to liken Nintendo to Apple.

The system launches October 11th in Japan, with the European release to hit "sometime" in 2015 (it's assumed that NA will get it in 2015, as well). The regular 3DS and 3DS XL (LL in Japan) are both getting major revisions: a C-Stick nestled above the face buttons on the right, ZL/ZR buttons horizontally aligned with the exiting L/R buttons, micro SD card support, enhanced 3D that follows your face to reduce blur and enhance the "sweet spot" to view 3D, an ambient light sensor for auto-brightness, colored face buttons that mimic the Super Famicom controller (as opposed to the purple SNES buttons), a beefed-up CPU, and built-in NFC support into the lower touch screen. Yes, you read that right: four shoulder buttons and a second analogue stick.

Just...don't get too excited about the C-Stick. It is an itty-bitty nub that sits in the gap next to the touch screen, the hinge, and the Y/X buttons. Nintendo has even gone as far as comparing it to the GameCube's own C-Stick.