Nintendo, a giant in the game console, portable game console and game title development and release industries, recently announced the coming of the Nintendo 3DS XL, which is basically a “larger-scaled” version of the 3DS handheld.
Scheduled to arrive in the United States by August 19, the 3DS XL is scheduled to be in Japan and in Europe by July 28, 2012, preceding its release in the US by a couple of weeks.
As a gadget, the 3DS XL is noted to boast better battery performance, a downside which has been often raised pertaining to its previous model incarnation, apart from sporting a 4.18” screen (bottom) and a 4.88” screen (top). The new 3DS XL’s “field of play” areas are pegged to be 90% larger compared to the original 3DS.
As a handheld, the 3DS XL is slated to be bundled with a 4 GB SD memory card, which translates to its capabilities in handling SD-class memory cards, which means that expanding its storage options isn’t all that challenging given the wide and ready availability of SD Cards nowadays.
With reports indicating that the 3DS XL could run for as long as six hours on a fully-charged battery, the handheld game console promises to be the source of extended gaming, with bigger screens for more immersed gaming experiences.
Though Nintendo did gain a lot of attention during the recently organized E3 (with the Ninteto Wii U), the 3DS XL wasn’t featured by Nintendo during the event.
Either way, the 3DS XL is well on its way, and its introduction and performance as a handheld gaming console will remain to be seen, until it gets some traction in the playing field.