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‘New Nintendo’ 3DS XL To Launch Feb. 13

Redmond, Wash. — Nintendo said it will launch an updated 3DS XL system, known as “New Nintendo 3DS XL,” Feb. 13 at a $199 suggested retail.

Nintendo’s new handheld gaming platform brings a number of new enhancements, including a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons, super-stable 3D via face-tracking technology, and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with Amiibo figures.

The system also enhances games like “Super Smash Bros.” for Nintendo 3DS with Amiibo functionality with faster processing speeds and more control options compared with the Nintendo 3DS system, Nintendo said.

Standard hardware includes red and black color options, and two other new Nintendo 3DS XL designs will be available at launch.

This will include a $199 system featuring artwork inspired by “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D,” and one based on “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” available exclusively at GameStop for $229 with the game pre-installed.

At the same time, Nintendo will also launch “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D,” a new game in the Fire Emblem series; a line of Amiibo featuring classic characters from the “Super Mario” series; and Amiibo compatibility in “Super Smash Bros.” for Nintendo 3DS.

The new hardware is comparable to the existing 3DS XL, and not the more portable, standard size. The larger “new 3DS XL” unit does not support the smaller version’s interchangeable faceplates.