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Nintendo announces New 3DS XL release date

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New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo is starting up 2015 with something old that’s also brand New.

The company announced today during its latest Nintendo Direct that the New Nintendo 3DS XL will hit North America on Feb. 13. The system, which has already released in Japan, will include better processing power, along with additional buttons that mirrors other Nintendo controllers.

The system’s 3D capabilities have also been improved, so players no longer have to keep the system and their head in a rigid position to enjoy the 3D effect. The system will now allow users to move their heads as they play without the screen becoming blurry.

The system will play all old 3DS games, but certain games will be made specifically for the new system to take advantage of its capabilities, like the analog nub and additional shoulder buttons. Meanwhile, already-released titles like Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and upcoming games like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will take advantage of the system’s improved specs for a smoother experience.

Nintendo will help users transfer save data for games from previous 3DS hardware with new information as the new system releases. The New 3DS will also come with a 4GB micro SD card.

One caveat for users who have never purchased a previous 3DS system: The system will not come with an adapter to charge it. However, any adapter used to charge a Nintendo DSi or previous 3DS will be compatible with the new system. So be sure not to throw those out, unless you plan only to play the New 3DS for five hours and then never turn it on again.

The New 3DS XL will launch in red and black colors for $199 on Feb. 13.

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