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#1 Bloob

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 05:30 AM

Well, pretty unsurprisingly, Nintendo announced a larger version of their 3DS during their live stream tonight. You can read more about it here.

Hopefully they don't release the 3DSi next year, but it will probably happen.

Discuss.

EDIT: Here's a size comparison: http://kotaku.com/59...-vs-the-old-3ds

Edited by Bloob, 22 June 2012 - 05:33 AM.


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:05 PM

Is Nintendo the new Apple or something?

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:20 PM

It's releasing over two full years after the original, it's $30 more, and it's not necessarily a re-design, just a larger version.

So no, not really the new Apple.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 07:59 PM

It's releasing over two full years after the original, it's $30 more, and it's not necessarily a re-design, just a larger version.

So no, not really the new Apple.


Didn't the iPad come out a few years after the iPod Touch, though? iPad is pretty much a bigger iPod Touch. Either way, it still seems pretty pointless to me, just another way for them to get people's money

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:06 AM


It's releasing over two full years after the original, it's $30 more, and it's not necessarily a re-design, just a larger version.

So no, not really the new Apple.


Didn't the iPad come out a few years after the iPod Touch, though? iPad is pretty much a bigger iPod Touch. Either way, it still seems pretty pointless to me, just another way for them to get people's money

The 3DS XL isn't 3 times bigger than the 3DS. It's just a slightly bigger 3DS to give people a few more choices when buying one.

Even being the Nintendo fanatic I am, I won't be getting a 3DS XL. There's no reason. Like I said, I wouldn't even call it a re-design.

Also, Apple's come out with a new version of iPod Touch every year since its initial release, and a new version of iPad every year since its initial release.

Plus, the Nintendo DS Lite (which was a re-design) came out 1.5 years after the original DS, which is pretty much the same time frame between the 3DS and XL. So this isn't anything new.

So, still no, not really the new Apple. It's not an upgraded version of the 3DS, it's just a bigger one. If people want a bigger 3DS, they'll buy the XL. If people want a smaller 3DS (like me), they'll stick with the smaller one. It really isn't anything new or important.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 03:37 PM

IIRC, the DSi XL suffered from graphics issues because the graphics were just scaled up for the larger screen. If it's the same thing for the 3DS, that would suck.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:28 PM

Nintendo really dropped the ball by not including a right thumbstick/triggers (yay for dedicated Circle Pad Pros?). However, it looks like they changed the Dpad, which should hopefully improve the functionality of Fighting and other dexterous 2D games .

I'm not yet sure if I want this or not :-|

Edited by CSword123, 25 June 2012 - 09:31 PM.


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Posted 26 June 2012 - 03:45 PM

However, it looks like they changed the Dpad, which should hopefully improve the functionality of Fighting and other dexterous 2D games .


I don't see a difference :???:

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 05:25 PM

I don't see a difference :???:


The XL Dpad appears less concave than the original 3DS. The surface of the controls/device seem to be textured similarly to the DS Lite. (major improvement over the glossy airbrushed surface IMO). My hope is that Nintendo makes the buttons "mushy" like the DSL instead of "clicky".

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:51 PM

Nintendo really dropped the ball by not including a right thumbstick/triggers (yay for dedicated Circle Pad Pros?).

Eh. People have been saying this a lot, but I can't disagree more.

Look at it this way: There are over 150 known 3DS games right now. Only 5 of these 150 games have Circle Pad Pro compatibility. I believe Monster Hunter is the only game that requires it (I know for a fact the other four don't), and Capcom might not even localize it outside of Japan. No other games can even use the Circle Pad, which includes DS games, eShop games, Virtual Console games, and all other applications (not that many of them would even need it).

If my memory is correct, Nintendo wasn't even the company behind the original idea. I think Capcom was responsible for it.

Adding an extra circle pad to the XL would have been a 1,000,000% awful idea. Nintendo would lose money out of it, and a good 90% of the people who buy it (if not more) would never use it more than once or twice, if at all.

People have been criticizing Nintendo for the Circle Pad since it was announced. Treating it like it was Nintendo's last-ditch effort to add something new to the 3DS. If this were the case, Nintendo would be trying to get everybody with a 3DS to get a second Circle Pad, and I can guarantee they'd very well make it happen. They'd make every single Nintendo game Circle Pad Pro compatible, they'd bundle it with a couple must-have games, they'd advertise the heck out of it, and they'd include a second Circle Pad with the XL. Trust me, the 3DS wasn't in development for half a decade just so that Nintendo could make a Circle Pad within half a year of its release. You don't just develop the successor to the top best-selling handheld of all time without considering something as simple as a second circle pad. Most likely what happened was, they thought about it, they shot it down, and someone else decided to take it up and throw it in as an optional peripheral. Unless the Circle Pad Pro gathers a huge following and develops super-positively overtime, or if Nintendo decides they have too much money later on, I doubt any of the 3DS redesigns will feature a second Circle Pad.

All I'm saying is, if you're waiting for Nintendo to show some dedication for the Circle Pad Pro (which has held minimal dedication from them so far), don't hold your breath.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:42 PM


I don't see a difference :???:


The XL Dpad appears less concave than the original 3DS. The surface of the controls/device seem to be textured similarly to the DS Lite.


That's what I thought you meant, but to me, it looks like it's just the lighting that looks like there's no dip in the D-Pad. And I would have preferred a matte finish to the original 3DS, it doesn't attract fingerprints and it feels nice.




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