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Nintendo 3DS LL redesign gets larger screens, arrives in Japan on July 28th

Bigger screens, longer battery life come to 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo 3DS LL brings bigger screens to 3DS

Nintendo's stereoscopic 3D portable will get an all-new, extra-large model this summer with the release of the Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan, a hardware update that introduces larger screens and a redesign to the system's exterior.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata unveiled the Nintendo 3DS LL during the company's Nintendo Direct livestream today, confirming a report from Japan's Nikkei that hit earlier this month.

The 3DS LL will boast a new 4.88 inch stereoscopic 3D display screen, an increase from the 3.53 inch screen in the current Nintendo 3DS model. The system's secondary display, the touchscreen, will also see a size increase from 3 inches to 4.18 inches.


The Japanese version of the new Nintendo 3DS will come in three color variations: white, red and black, and silver and black.

The system will sport a longer battery life than the current Nintendo 3DS, but won't be packaged with an AC adapter in Japan. Nintendo will sell one separately and the 3DS LL will also support the original 3DS's AC adapter.

According to the official site for the portable, you can play 3DS games for 3.5 to 6.5 hours on a single charge or DS games for six to ten hours on a single charge.

The Nintendo 3DS LL – which will likely be called the Nintendo 3DS XL if and when it comes stateside, like the Nintendo DSi XL – will be released on July 28th for 18,900 yen.

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