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Nintendo 3DS XL has a new 4.88-inch screen

Nintendo has announced a new handheld which gives you 90 per cent more screen space.

The Nintendo 3DS XL features a 4.88-inch top screen (up from 3.58-inches on the 3DS), and a 4.18-inch bottom one (up from 3.02-inches).

Overall the handheld is 46 per cent larger than the original 3DS. It is heavier as well though, weighing 336g to 235g for the 3DS.

Better battery

Bigger screens usually mean shorter battery life (on mobiles at least), but Nintendo has avoided that trap. The XL will feature an improved battery life of three to six and a half hours when playing 3DS games, and five to eight hours with original DS games.

It’s due in Europe on July 28, while those in the US and Japan will see it touch down on August 19. There’s no official UK price as yet, but it’ll cost $199.99 in the US, which translates as £128.

The original 3DS needed a hefty price cut before it really started shifting units.

The 3DS XL will be known as the 3DS LL in Japan.

Just like the standard 3DS, it features one analogue control stick, meaning if you want to play titles like Monster Hunter and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, you’ll probably need a modified version of the Circle Pad Pro accessory. Nintendo hasn’t said how this will work, so expect an announcement soon.

The 3DS XL measures 134 x 74 x 21mm. The two cameras remain 0.3-megapixels. The controls are the same as the original 3DS.

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