Nintendo announced this morning via Nintendo Direct that the New Nintendo 3DS XL system will be released in North America on February 13. The hardware is an upgraded version of the existing 3DS XL with some brand new features added on. Not only will the New Nintendo 3DS XL feature more processing power and a new C “stick” for added control options, but there’s also amiibo support for future games like Project S.T.E.A.M. as well as the current Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS.
The new unit also includes face-tracking 3D — which promises to not force users to hold their head in one place to play in 3D — as well as longer battery life. The New Nintendo 3DS XL will be compatible with the same DS and 3DS games that players enjoy on their 3DS or 3DS XL hardware.
The new hardware isn’t required to play most of Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS software lineup, but it’s safe to say that in the future, more games will take advantage of the New Nintendo 3DS XL’s added controls and processing power.