If you are in the market for a Nintendo 3DS XL, you might want to continue reading. Though the Nintendo 3DS XL came out here in the US on August 19th, Nintendo has taken the time to post extensive information about the system on their Press site. I have detailed this information below.
Launch Date: August 19, 2012 in the United States.
Suggested Retail Price: $199.99
- Nintendo 3DS XL system
- Nintendo 3DS XL AC adapter
- Nintendo 3DS XL stylus
- SDHC Memory Card (4GB)
- AR Cards (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games)
- Quick-Start Guide
- Operations Manual (including warranty)
- 3D screen, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses and the ability to adjust or turn off 3D effect with the 3D Depth Slider.
- Stereo cameras that enable users to take 3D photos that can be viewed instantly on the 3D screen.
- Input interfaces including the Circle Pad, motion sensor and gyro sensor.
- SpotPass™, when activated, is a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and obtain information, game data, free software, videos and so on for players even when the system is in Sleep Mode.*
- StreetPass™, when activated, is a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS exchange data automatically with other Nintendo 3DS systems within range, even in sleep mode, once this feature is activated by the user. Data for multiple games can be exchanged simultaneously.
- Convenient features that users can access without stopping game play such as the HOME menu, Internet Browser, Notifications, etc.
- Plenty of built-in software, such as the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Maker, StreetPass Mii Plaza, AR Games, Activity Log, Face Raiders, Nintendo Zone viewer, Swapnote, etc.
- Nintendo eShop*, where users can browse and purchase downloadable software, see game trailers and learn about games.
- System Transfer, which enables users to transfer already-purchased software from one Nintendo 3DS system to another. Nintendo DSiWare purchased for the Nintendo DSi,
Nintendo DSi XL or the Nintendo 3DS can also be transferred into a Nintendo 3DS XL system.*
- Compatibility functions: Backward compatibility means the Nintendo 3DS system can play most software designed for the Nintendo DS family of systems.
- Parental Controls enable parents to restrict game content by ratings and limit the use of specific wireless connectivity, 3D functionality, etc.
Size (when closed): 3.66 inches high, 6.14 inches long, 0.866 inches deep.
Weight: Approximately 12 ounces (including battery, stylus, SDHC memory card).
Upper Screen: Wide-screen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses. Capable of displaying approximately 16.77 million colors. 4.88-inch display (4.18 inches wide, 2.50 inches high) with 800 x 240 pixel resolution. 400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D viewing.
Lower Screen: LCD with a touch screen capable of displaying 16.77 million colors . 4.18 inches (3.34 inches wide, 2.5 inches high) with 320 x 240 pixel resolution.
Cameras: One inner camera and two outer cameras. The resolution is 640 x 480 for each camera. The lenses are single-focus and use the CMOS capture element. The active pixel count is approximately 300,000 pixels.
Wireless Communication: 2.4 GHz. Enabling local wireless communication among multiple Nintendo 3DS systems for game play and StreetPass. Enabling access to the Internet through wireless LAN access points (supports IEEE802.11 b/g with the WPA™/WPA2™ security feature). Recommended distance of wireless communication is within 98.4 feet. This can be shorter depending on the environmental situation. WPA and WPA2 are marks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Input Controls: Input controls are the following:
- A/B/X/Y Button, +Control Pad, L/R Button, START/SELECT
- Circle Pad (enabling 360-degree analog input)
- Touch screen
- Embedded microphone
- Motion sensor
- Gyro sensor
Other Input Controls: Other input controls include:
- 3D Depth Slider (enabling smooth adjustment of the 3D level effect)
- HOME Button (brings up the HOME menu)
- Wireless switch (can disable wireless functionality even during game play)
- POWER button
Connection: Connections include:
- Game Card slot
- SD Card slot
- AC adapter connector
- Cradle connector
- Audio jack (stereo output)
Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen (supports virtual surround sound).
Stylus: 3.78 in long (not telescoping).
Electric Power: AC adapter (WAP-002 [USA]). Nintendo 3DS XL Battery Pack (lithium ion battery) [SPR-003].
Charge Time: About 3.5 hours.
Battery Duration: When playing Nintendo 3DS software, about 3.5 – 6.5 hours. When playing Nintendo DS software, about 6 – 10 hours. Battery duration differs depending on the brightness setting of the screen. The information regarding battery duration is a rough standard. It can be shorter depending on what functions of the Nintendo 3DS system are used.
Game Card: Nintendo 3DS Game Card. The size is approximately the same as a Nintendo DS Game Card.
*There is a limit to how many times transfers can be made. Some software may not be transferred. Some of these features such as the Internet browser, Nintendo eShop, system transfer and the ability to download software and videos using SpotPass will be available after system updates are performed.