The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL are set for their European debut on 13 th February 2015. Offering improved controls, enhanced processing power, more comfortable 3D viewing, amiibo support as well as being compatible with all existing Nintendo 3DS software, New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL are set to offer an entirely enhanced portable handheld gaming experience.

In addition to the standalone systems, Nintendo of Europe will also be launching two limited edition hardware bundles: New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora’s Mask Edition and a New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition.

New Controls: New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL feature a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons. The C Stick is a second analogue controller located to the right of the system and brings new control opportunities, like intuitive camera control, to compatible games. The new ZL and ZR buttons are additional shoulder buttons located on the rear of the system which give players even more control options.

New 3D: More comfortable 3D viewing is possible with New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL due to the systems’ face-tracking capabilities. Games now leap to life in super-stable 3D, as the system’s inner camera uses face-tracking to adjust the screen images based on the player’s viewing angle, so that they can enjoy complete immersion while playing.

New Speed: New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL feature enhanced processing power that helps the systems run smoother and speeds up the use of HOME menu applications, loading and downloading times. Several upcoming games, such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, will be built from the ground up, exclusively for New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, to take advantage of this power boost.

New Customisation: New Nintendo 3DS XL will be available in Metallic Black or Metallic Blue whilst New Nintendo 3DS will launch in Black or White. On New Nintendo 3DS only, you will also be able to customize the exterior design of the system with replaceable front and back cover plates. With a wide range of interchangeable cover plates – twelve of which will be available at launch, with more to release in the future, and in a variety of different designs, players will be able to create a totally unique and personal look for their system.

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New Possibilities: The two new handheld systems have built-in support for amiibo, Nintendo’s range of interactive figures, which have since launch last November already sold approximately 5.7 million units. amiibo gives access to extra content and features in compatible software, such as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and soon to be released Code Name S.T.E.A.M.. Simply tap an amiibo figure to the near-field communication (NFC) area on the lower screen of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL to enjoy such features as bonus items and content, customizable characters and more.

We are extremely pleased to be launching New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL in Europe following their successful launch in Japan last October”, states Satoru Shibata, President, Nintendo of Europe. “We strongly believe that both systems are set to transform the experience players have on a portable handheld gaming system. Whether players opt for the light, compact and customisable New Nintendo 3DS or prefer the bigger screens of New Nintendo 3DS XL, both systems offer a whole host of new features that both current handheld users and those who are looking to purchase their first Nintendo handheld system are sure to enjoy.”