Smaller Nintendo 3DS Release Date on September 25; 5 Best Games for Console


Nintendo is finally releasing a smaller version of its 3DS later this month.

Nintendo announced Monday afternoon the smaller and pocket-sized version of 3DS at GameStop’s annual managerial conference in Las Vegas.

According to Time magazine, the smaller new Nintendo 3DS will be available starting September 25 for $219.99.

The Nintendo 3DS XL was launched in North America last February. The company decided not to sell its smaller version in the US because the original 3DS XL outsold the original 3DS. However, this also left other Nintendo fans, or those with smaller hands, less comfortable with the console.

The XL version weighs 329 grams, while the soon-to-be released non-XL version only weighs 253 grams. The XL is also 6.3 inches by 3.68 inches by 0.85 inches, as compared to the non-XL which is 5.6 inches by 3.17 inches by 0.85 inches, Time wrote.

The non-XL is also available in bundled with “Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer”, two Animal Crossing-themed cover plates, an “Animal Crossing Amiibo” card, a 4GB SDHC memory card, and six augmented reality cards.

According to Slash Gear, the new smaller New Nintendo 3DS will be joined by the “Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL” system which will hit GameStop stores in the US on October 30 for $199.99. This will be in time for “The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes” which will arrive on October 23. This unit will be gold colored, and feature the Hylian Crest.

Meanwhile, kotaku.com listed some of the best games for New Nintendo 3DS. The list includes:

  1. Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D – According to kotaku.com, this is the “cool”Zelda game that kids love. It has been re-released on 3DS.
  2. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – Great for people who love action-packed game that can be played along with friends.
  3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – This allows players to decorate and expand a house and do several tasks including assuming mayoral duties.
  4. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – This is a follow-up to the 2001 GameCube game, which can be played by multiplayer and has new mechanics that brings gaming experience to the next level.
  5. BoxBoy – This is great for people who are fun of boxes and solving puzzles.
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