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New 3DS and 3DS XL Announced With Extra Buttons

No news on a Western release.

Nintendo has revealed redesigned models of the 3DS and 3DS XL featuring an additional directional button and trigger, along with NFC support.

Referred to simply as the "New 3DS" and "New 3DS XL", the refreshed handheld models purport to feature an improved screen enabling the 3D effects to be viewed from more angles than before.

Despite the new additions, the handhelds will be the same size as the ones currently available. A new C-button grants the ability to control games with dual analogue controls, while a micro USB card slot and NFC-technology are also part of the package. Interestingly, this means the planned NFC reading device the company's talked about in relation to its new Amiibo range is likely only relevant for older models.

There's no news when we'll see them on these shores, but a Japanese release is expected first. As an additional quirk, a new range of face plates will be released for the handhelds, much like the ones you can get for mobile phones. Ones shown off include Mario and Animal Crossing.

Finally, a new 3DS firmware update should crop up soon, bringing with it the ability to change your devices theme. Classic Mario and The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds are the only ones seen so far.

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