Nintendo Fixed the 3DS and You Can Buy the New One Next Month

By Gerald Lynch on at

Remember trying to find that perfect 3D sweet-spot on your original Nintendo 3DS handheld? You won't have to do that anymore. The "New" Nintendo 3DS and "New" Nintendo 3DS XL (yes, that's really the official names) go on sale next month.

You can find all the juicy details over on Kotaku, but these are the basics: Nintendo's "New" 3DS is everything the original is, but better. That stereoscopic sweet-spot? It now uses infrared head tracking to adjust to your needs. Those long load times (I'm looking at you, Super Smash Bros. 3DS)? All but gone, thanks to a new, speedier processor.

There's new buttons (ZL and ZR shoulder toggles), longer battery life, swappable faceplates, better battery life, and even a second analogue stick (actually, it's more like an eraser nub). The new version of the portable console also has NFC, so you can use your Amiibo figurines with the new system.

Kotaku described it as the portable Nintendo should have released years ago, and it really is. However, the consoles will ship without a power adapter. You'll be able to use an old 3DS adapter to charge if you already have one, but if this is your first foray into Nintendo's portable 3D world, you'll need to buy a charger separately.

Nintendo's revised handhelds will hit shelves on February 13th. UK pricing hasn't been confirmed yet, but we'll pass it on as soon as we hear it.