All the important stuff those of us in Australia and New Zealand need to know about the new Nintendo 3DS XL. Price, dates, colours and bundles.
First up, a big sigh of relief, here in Australia and NZ the newly announced Nintendo 3DS XL will arrive in all three proposed colour schemes. No more making do with a limited palette to choose from down under.
Ok, the pricing still seems steep compared to our overseas buddies, but that’s all part of the deal with living in the best part of the world. Here are the local details for the launch of the 3DS XL:
2012 – A big year for the Nintendo 3DS™ system is about to get even bigger. In a Nintendo Direct video on June 22nd, Nintendo revealed plans to launch Nintendo 3DS™ XL, a new version of Nintendo 3DS with 90 percent larger screens. When it becomes available in Australia and New Zealand on August 23rd at the suggested retail price of $249.95*, the new system will create even more immersive entertainment experiences for users, delivering a wealth of games and video content that can be enjoyed on the go. Nintendo 3DS XL features an updated form factor and will be available in Silver + Black, Red + Black, and Blue + Black. The new system’s battery life outperforms that of the original Nintendo 3DS, and it comes bundled with a 4GB SD card, which owners can use to store content such as downloadable games and videos from the Nintendo eShop. With upcoming titles such as New Super Mario Bros.™ 2 (launching 18th August) being available as digital downloads as well as boxed retail games, you will be glad of the extra space. Nintendo 3DS XL launches on 23rd August alongside New Art Academy™, a new entry in the Art Academy series. The larger screens of Nintendo 3DS XL mean users will have even more room to unleash their creativity while enjoying art lessons that teach real-world drawing and painting techniques.
To view the latest Nintendo Direct video which contains more news on upcoming Nintendo products, visit www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect or www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.