The New Nintendo 3DS (JP) is the fourth revision of the Nintendo 3DS alongside its fifth revision, the New Nintendo 3DS XL (JP).

It was announced in a Japanese-only Nintendo Direct on August 29, 2014.[1] The New Nintendo 3DS was also revealed to be launching in Australia on November 21, 2014 in an Australian only Nintendo Direct on September 24th.

In June 2017, both models were succeeded by the New Nintendo 2DS XL.


  • New Nintendo 3DS is slightly larger than the Nintendo 3DS.
  • New Nintendo 3DS has colored buttons for any edition: red is A, yellow is B, blue is X, and green is Y.

Face Plates


New to the 3DS family is the swappable plates called Kisekae in 3DS. There are many options. These swappable faceplates are only usable on the New Nintendo 3DS, not the New Nintendo 3DS XL, mostly due to size difference.

Hardware Changes

The touch screen has NFC intergrated into it so, the amiibo figurines will work directly instead of buying an adapter.

The 3D has a much wider viewing range thanks to eye tracking technology, moving the 3D to wherever the player is facing by using a light that comes on near the inner camera, which uses it to track the user. It still cannot render 3D for 2 users at the same time.

The Circle Pad Pro controls are now integrated into the system. ZL and ZR are right next to their corresponding shoulder buttons and system has a analog stub for the right stick, above to the left of the ABXY buttons. The New 3DS has a much more powerful processor and much more memory allowing faster browsing Miiverse and the Internet.

Added interchangeable face plates

Exclusive Games

Due to the large increase in specs, the New Nintendo 3DS will support games the original 3DS cannot. One such game is the 3DS port of Xenoblade Chronicles. The SNES Virtual Console titles are also exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS family.

There are also a number of games enhanced by New Nintendo 3DS, either by the increased power or by integrating Circle Pad Pro controls.

Limited Editons

Like the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, there are special editions of the New Nintendo 3DS, so far a Monster Hunter and a Zelda limited edition are available to purchase.



New Nintendo 3DS - Presentation

New Nintendo 3DS - Presentation

The presentation of the New Nintendo 3DS
Newニンテンドー3DS TVCM2

Newニンテンドー3DS TVCM2

The Commercial of the New Nintendo 3DS with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Main Page: New Nintendo 3DS/videos

See also


  • In August 2019, the New Nintendo 3DS XL was removed from Nintendo's website worldwide without an announcement. It is unknown what happened to the New Nintendo 3DS XL, though both models are still in production.[2]


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