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I unboxed the New 3DS XL and tickled its sensitive nub photo
I unboxed the New 3DS XL and tickled its sensitive nub
by Bill Zoeker

After a Nintendo press event yesterday, I was sent home with a review unit of the New Nintendo 3DS XL. I figured it would be a good idea to record my opening of it so that I could share my trademarked cynical indignation with you all. So, sorry about that. But, you get to see what thing looks like right out of the box! Shiny toys!

It's a pretty standard package, with the glaring exception of the lack of an AC adapter. Nintendo gave IGN the predictable company line, "Rather than raise cost of New Nintendo 3DS XL by charging consumers for a component they may already own, we are giving them the option to only buy if they need an AC adapter."

Cool. You know, except that this device is an upgrade of an existing device, and people might want to sell the obsolete model. Not to mention, people who don't already own a compatible power plug will be praying there will be one in stock when they go to buy the New 3DS XL, and will probably get stuck with a shitty third-party knock-off.

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2:00 PM on 01.15.2015

Nintendo: New 3DS XL doesn't include AC adapter to cut costs

Yesterday, Nintendo announced the New 3DS XL for North America. It's coming out February 13 for $200. Dampening this excitement was word that Nintendo has no plans to release the smaller size New 3DS in North America. That an...

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 01.15.2015

Nintendo Download: 3D After Burner II

On the Wii U, we have Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight on the Virtual Console. Nintendo calls this an "NES classic," but I beg to differ. Also on the Wii U eShop, there's Electroic Super Joy: Groove City, Family Tennis SP...

Chris Carter

7:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX dances to 3DS in May

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is coming to Nintendo 3DS in late May, Sega announced today. The cutesy rhythm game styles Hatsune Miku and friends after the Good Smile Company's trendy Nendoroid figures, which explains why th...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Etrian Mystery Dungeon crawls to 3DS on April 7

Etrian Mystery Dungeon will arrive in North America on April 7, Atlus USA announced today. The project is a collaboration between Atlus and Spike Chunsoft, pairing the character classes and skill trees of Etrian Odyssey with Mystery Dungeon's exploratory roguelike design.  Atlus plans to include a bonus soundtrack disc with all pre-orders and first-run copies of the game.

Kyle MacGregor





5:46 PM on 01.14.2015

Missed out at GameStop? Best Buy has Majora's Mask New 3DS XL for pre-order (Not anymore)

[Update: And it's gone!] The Majora's Mask-themed New 3DS XL sold out at GameStop in minutes, before many of us on the west coast even woke up or had open stores to run to.  Now is your chance if you missed out. It's up for pre-order on Best Buy's website.

Steven Hansen

3:45 PM on 01.14.2015

Hell yes, hell yes, Rhythm Heaven 3DS

During Japan's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced there would be a new Rhythm Heaven game for 3DS this year. It will feature over a hundred minigames, 70 of which comes from past entries in the series, 30 of which are new. It's coming to Japan this summer. Hopefully we get word of a North American release.  Hopefully this makes it in:

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 01.14.2015

16 minutes of Majora's Mask on 3DS because Nintendo loves you

Have you managed to secure a fancy Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, but want to know what to expect from the remake? Don't worry; Nintendo of Japan has your back. In this 16-minute video, we get to see early game day one ...

Brett Makedonski

3:15 PM on 01.14.2015

Meet the new mythical Pokémon Hoopa, the, uh, hoop Pokémon

The 18th Pokémon movie, cleverly titled Pokémon the Movie XY 2015 and then re-titled The Ring Genie Hoopa, is coming out--you guessed it--this year. It stars the titular new ghost-psychic pocket monst...

Steven Hansen

2:35 PM on 01.14.2015

Nintendo has vague excuse for the small New 3DS' absence

The New 3DS and New 3DS XL launched in Japan last October and then in Australia and New Zealand the following month. Both models. Today Nintendo announced the release date -- February 13 -- for the New 3DS XL in North America...

Steven Hansen



New Nintendo 3DS, amiibo, trailers: Everything you need to know from today's Nintendo Direct photo
New Nintendo 3DS, amiibo, trailers: Everything you need to know from today's Nintendo Direct
by Steven Hansen

Doozy of a Nintendo Direct today. Watch it above in full, or see our coverage below in summation, with all the key trailers rounded up. Highlights include: New Nintendo 3DS (just XL) release date and price, a special Majora's Mask themed 3DS, new Fire Emblem, reprint of the thought discontinued Marth amiibo, new amiibo waves (including a second set of Mario series amiibo), and Kirby being real cute.

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9:30 AM on 01.14.2015

If you want the Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, I suggest going to GameStop in-store

[Update: as of 1PM EST today, many stores in multiple areas are sold out of pre-orders both online and instore.] After covering the Nintendo Direct event this morning, I took a field trip to three of my local GameStop lo...

Chris Carter

9:01 AM on 01.14.2015

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate release date, demo, and special edition console announced

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is releasing worldwide on February 13, the same day as the New 3DS in North America and Europe. Finally, a release date. The game will be available on its own, or pre-installed on a limited-edition N...

Laura Kate Dale

8:48 AM on 01.14.2015

Majora's Mask launches February 13 with a limited edition New 3DS XL

Majora's Mask 3D is releasing alongside the New Nintendo 3DS XL on February 13. A special edition New Nintendo 3DS XL featuring the game's eponymous mask will be available at launch.

Kyle MacGregor

8:45 AM on 01.14.2015

3DS getting free anime viewing app

On February 13, alongside the release of the New 3DS and New 3DS XL, the 3DS will be getting a free anime viewing app called the Nintendo Anime Channel. The app will let users watch episodes of various anime series including ...

Laura Kate Dale

8:43 AM on 01.14.2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D roams to New 3DS in April

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is coming to New Nintendo 3DS XL in April, Nintendo announced today. The RPG is exclusive to the New 3DS platform, which arrives in North America this February.

Kyle MacGregor