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Nintendo reveals new 3DS XL with bigger screen

Ninty is catering for the needs of screen fetishists with a revamped eye-pleasing 3DS model

If you’re constantly squinting at the dinky screen on Nintendo’s 3DS, Nintendo has come up with a fix – it’s taken the wraps off the Nintendo 3DS XL, a super-sized version of the 3DS.

The 3DS XL features a larger 4.88in top screen and a smaller 4.18in bottom screen – a decent upgrade from the standard 3DS’ dual 3.02in displays.

Fans of HD gaming will be disappointed by the top panel’s 240×800 resolution however, and coupled with the lower screen which runs at 240×320, the PlayStation Vita‘s 5in 960×544 OLED display will look rather tempting.

In what seems like a glaring omission, Nintendo has decided not to put a second thumbstick on the 3DS XL – despite having created the Slide Pad to add a second stick to the original 3DS.

The 3DS XL will arrive packing a 4GB SD card and measures in at a tad thicker than its XL-less predecessor at 22mm. It will be available in the US on August 19th for US$200.

Stay tuned for UK release and pricing information as and when we get it.

Read our Nintendo 3DS and Sony PlayStation Vita reviews.

UPDATE: The Nintendo 3DS XL will be available in Europe from July 28th, although there’s still no price information as of yet.

[via Joystiq]

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