Nintendo revealed an upgraded 3DS with enhanced controls, improved 3D features, a more powerful CPU, and even exclusive games. The system is called the “New 3DS,” and is not a new gaming system. It is an upgraded version of a 3DS, but Nintendo was quick to say that it is still a 3DS and not a new system. Of course their reveal that it will have at least some games exclusive to it does confuse more then a few people.
One of the problems with the 3DS was that you had to be at a perfect angle and distance for the 3D on the system to work. Nintendo addressed this problem on the New 3DS so that now external camers will follow your face and project the 3D image out towards you. This appears to be a nice solution to the 3D problem of the system, but only time will tell if this good idea will work in actual practice.
The more powerful CPU will make download speeds faster, and improve gameplay. They have also extended the battery life of the system beyond that of the other 3DS systems out. The cartridge spot will fit regular 3DS games, but is larger than the cartridge slot in other 3DS models. Also, they are switching from regular SD memory cards to micro SD.
Nintendo added two more shoulder buttons, ZR and ZL, along with a second analog stick on the right of the system that they are calling the C-Stick. These added buttons will be able to take the need for having as many controls on the 3DS touchscreen, and would make it easier for more serious games to come to the 3DS.
This is the big part. For the last few years, Nintendo has been trying to appeal to the casual gamer, and to people who never had much experience with video games. This has helped them to stay in the market with the powerhouses of Playstation and Xbox, but this system is turning a new corner for them. All of these updates will not be sending a casual gamer to the store on release day, but more serious gamers will see how big of an impact these few changes could be. Nintendo has already announced that they will be porting Xenoblade Chronicles to the 3DS, but only for these new systems.
A move like this from Nintendo has a lot of potential, but it also carries quite a bit of risk along with it. Maybe that is why Nintendo is only releasing it in their home country of Japan for now. It is slotted for release on October 11th. However, a Nintendo UK spokesperson spoke on a release date in Europe and why they chose the date,
“Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing. We plan to launch these products in Europe in 2015…We have a variety of compelling portable gaming options for consumers now and through the Christmas shopping season, including a variety of different Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL bundles at retail. We also have a strong library of hundreds of games for these systems that appeal to all kinds of players, with titles like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire still on the way before the end of the year”
This means that European audiences can expect the updated system sometime in 2015, but with no clues as to a specific timeframe. Meanwhile North American audiences are not even guaranteed a 2015 release date. Nintendo of North America refused to say anything about the new system coming to their jurisdiction. So perhaps for once European gamers will get something before American gamers instead of the usual and frustrating few days after.