During today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo officially announced new 3DS and 3DS XL models that feature an additional analogue stick, new shoulder buttons, and more.
The “New 3DS” and “New 3DS XL,” (note: In Japan the 3DS XL is the 3DS LL) as Nintendo calls them, feature a new “C-Button,” modeled after the C-stick from the GameCube controller, that will allow for dual analogue control, and new XL and XR shoulder buttons.
There’s also a micro USB card slot and NFC technology built in to the system, removing the need for a separate accessory to use Nintendo’s soon to be released Amiibo range of figures.
Finally, these new models feature a stronger CPU, revised dimensions, and the ability to customize the handhelds via new face plates. Designs based on Mario, Peach, and Animal Crossing were shown during the presentation.
The new 3DS and 3DS XL will be available from October 11 in Japan for 16,000 yen ($150) for the 3DS and 18,800 yen ($180) for the 3DS XL. A European release is scheduled for 2015, according to Nintendo U.K., but there’s no word on the North American release at this time.