In addition to a new Smash character, today’s Direct brought us news of a redesigned model of the 3DS, with more new features than you can shake a stylus at.
Most prominent are the newly added C-stick and ZR/ZL shoulder buttons, offering more control options. The C-stick can be used in a similar way to the Circle Pad Pro, but should be more convenient and comfortable. Several games were confirmed to utilize these new features, including Monster Hunter and Super Smash Bros.: Yes, C-Smashing will be on the 3DS!
Arguably the redesign’s most impressive feature is the tracking parallax: You know how if you twist the 3DS to the side with the 3D on, the two images desync and the image blurs? Well, the new model will use the gyrosensor to track movement and adjust the parallax accordingly; meaning that you can still view the 3D effect even when looking at the screen at an angle.
The New 3DS also incorporates NFC tech, and will be able to scan figures placed on the bottom screen. Other improvements to CPU speed, battery life, and screen quality have also been added. It will also feature customizable faceplates and will use Micro SD cards.
It is set to launch in Japan later this year, along with a port of the Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles that will be exclusive the New Nintendo 3DS. The system is expected to launch in other regions next year, but it is currently unknown if Xenoblade is going global as well.
In other news, customizable menu themes will be coming to the 3DS some time in October, and a version of NES Remix (called “Ultimate NES Remix”) will be released for 3DS in November.
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