New Nintendo 3DS vs 3DS XL Comparison

The New Nintendo 3DS is a new model of the Nintendo 3DS that Nintendo recently announced for Japan and should reach to the rest of the world in 2015. Although it seems basically the same portable game console, it brings many differences, improvements and even have exclusive games due to its the extra power. Check out a full comparison below!


The Nintendo 3DS will be able to play all the previous games and the Nintendo 3DS also titles the past generation, the Nintendo DS. It will also receive some exclusive games for it that will not work on Nintendo 3DS common of which for now only Xenoblade Chronicles was announced.


Like the original 3DS, the new Nintendo 3DS will be available in a common format, and an XL with larger screens. Even the pattern of the New Nintendo 3DS model already has a slightly higher than that of the Nintendo 3DS screen common, but the New 3DS XL has the same screen size of the current 3DS XL.

Size and weight

When closed, the New Nintendo 3DS, has dimensions of 80 x 142 x 21.6 mm (height x width x thickness), weighing approximately 253 grams, while the new Nintendo 3DS XL has 160 x 93.5 x 21.5 mm and weighs around 329 grams.

Already common Nintendo 3DS has 74 x 134 x 21 mm (height x width x thickness) with a weight around 229 grams, followed by the Nintendo 3DS XL with 93 x 156 x 22 mm measures, weighing around 340 grams.

Screen Size

The main screen of the new Nintendo 3DS, the top has a size of 3.88 inches, 3.53 inches greater than the common 3DS. Meanwhile the New Nintendo 3DS XL has 4.88 inches, the same size as the old model 3DS XL. The resolution on all models is the same 800 x 240 pixels.

Already the secondary display, a low-touch, the new Nintendo 3DS has 3.33 inches, 3.02 inches compared to the 3DS. Both the New 3DS XL as the standard 3DS XL is 4.18 inches. All have the same resolution of 320 x 240p.

3D Effect

The 3D effect of Nintendo 3DS received a common trend in the New Nintendo 3DS, it now uses the laptop cameras to follow your face and the gyroscope to detect the proper position, allowing you to continue seeing the 3D effect even when the device is tilted or move.

SD Card

The data storage now only accept Micro SD cards, while the original 3DS accepted both common as SD cards Micro SD with adapters. The Nintendo 3DS accompanied a common SD card of 2 GB and the model 3DS XL one of 4 GB. It has not been mentioned is the New models 3DS and 3DS XL accompany New Micro SD cards, or what would be its capacity.

Battery Life

The New 3DS models received a good improvement in battery life when running games Nintendo 3DS. The New Nintendo 3DS has a duration of 3.5h and 6h the New Nintendo 3DS XL 3.5h at 7pm. These figures are significant when compared to the Nintendo 3DS common that supported only 3h to 5h and the Nintendo 3DS XL between 3pm and 5.5H.

The battery lasts longer to run Nintendo DS games on laptops, reaching 6.5 h at 10am on New Nintendo 3DS and 7am to 12pm on New Nintendo 3DS XL. In previous models, the Nintendo 3DS offering from 5am to 8am game, alongside the Nintendo 3DS XL that lasted 6h to 10h to.

In all cases the settings can change the laptop battery life, as the brightness level, the volume and the intensity of the 3D effect. The higher the values, the less time duration for the battery.

Faster processor

One of the surprises of the New Nintendo 3DS is that it has a faster processor than the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL, leaving the laptop more powerful and able to play exclusive games like Xenoblade Chronicles. The new processor will also bring more speed to surf the internet and downloading the eShop.

Extra buttons

One of the main advantages of the new Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS XL is that it has a new "analog" just above the buttons, which in turn received a new set of colors, based on the classic Japanese Super Nintendo. OS shoulder buttons, L and R also earned the company more buttons to your hand, the ZR and ZL.

Customization and details

A curiosity of the New Nintendo 3DS is that you can attach it covers to change the look of the system, allowing you to customize it with the protagonists of their favorite games.

Small aesthetic details were also changed, as the absence of the key before activating the wireless communication, now controlled by the initial system menu and the slot for Micro SD which is closed behind the laptop, next to the battery.

NFC support

Like the GamePad on the Wii U, the new Nintendo 3DS will have embedded NFC technology support, which allows him to communicate directly with certain objects such as the Nintendo Amiibo dolls. The technology is also compatible with the puppets of Skylanders and Disney Infinity series, but the games should continue using accessories.


Currently the standard Nintendo 3DS is sold in the United States for $ 169.99 and the Nintendo 3DS XL for $ 199.99. Nintendo aims to sell the New Nintendo 3DS ¥ 16,000 in Japan, approximately $ 150 and the New Nintendo 3DS XL ¥ 18 800, around $ 170 is possible that new models stay with the same prices Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL today, replacing them in stores.


In Japan the handheld will arrive later this year on October 11, while the rest of the world will receive it only in 2015 is rumored that the new handheld would not lock region, allowing run games from any area, but there are no confirmations for now.