The New Nintendo 3DS (JP), alongside its larger version, the New Nintendo 3DS XL (JP) (called New Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan and shortened to New 3DS, New 3DS XL, or New 3DS LL) are the fourth and fifth revisions of the Nintendo 3DS family and are upgraded versions of the system, similar to the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL. Like the original 3DS, the New 3DS also has an XL variant.
The systems were announced in a Japanese-only Nintendo Direct on August 28, 2014 and were released in Japan on October 11, 2014, in Australia and New Zealand on November 21, 2014, on January 6, 2015 in Europe in a special Club Nintendo-exclusive "Ambassador Edition", and at retail in Europe and North America on February 13, 2015, and in South Korea on May 1, 2015. In North America and South Korea, only the XL version was released at launch, while the standard-sized New 3DS was released in South Korea on September 10, 2015 and in North America on September 25, 2015 only in special bundles such as Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Although Nintendo did not rule out the possibility of a release of the regular New 3DS in the future, Nintendo of America representative Damon Baker explained that they did not want to confuse consumers, and that the face plates were not enough of a reason for the standard-sized system to be released in North America. A social media campaign emerged that called upon Nintendo of America to release the model in North America. In March 2015, the FCC lifted its information embargo regarding regulation details performed in September 2014 on the standard model, suggesting Nintendo of America did indeed consider releasing the standard model at one point.
Japan and Europe discontinued the standard-sized New 3DS on July 14, 2017 with the release of New Nintendo 2DS XL. The XL version was discontinued in Europe on December 30, 2017 and in Japan on July 25, 2019, but both models are still in production in some countries.
- New Nintendo 3DS is slightly larger than the original Nintendo 3DS.
- New Nintendo 3DS has colored buttons for any edition: A is red, B is yellow, X is blue, and Y is green.
New to the 3DS family is the swappable plates called Kisekae in 3DS. There are many options. However, these swappable faceplates are only usable on the regular New 3DS (like the Game Boy Micro), not the New 3DS XL, mostly due to size differences.
The touch screen has NFC integrated 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.
The Micro SD card is located behind the back of the cover and can only be accessed by unscrewing the back of the cover. The new systems continue to use the same AC adapter as the DSi, DSi XL, and the other devices in the 3DS family; like the original 3DS XL in Japan and Europe, and for the first time in North America, an AC adapter is not included with the console and must be obtained separately.
Exclusive New 3DS Games
Due to the large increase in specs, more powerful hardware, and faster processing speed and RAM, the New Nintendo 3DS/2DS models will support a few games that the original 3DS/2DS models cannot. One such game is the 3DS port of the Wii game 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.
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.
- List of Nintendo 3DS games
- Nintendo DS (Predecessor)
- Nintendo 3DS
- Nintendo 3DS XL (Redesign)
- Nintendo 2DS (Redesign)
- New Nintendo 3DS XL (Redesign)
- New Nintendo 2DS XL (Redesign)
- Nintendo Switch (Successor)