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Nintendo Announces New 3DS XL

Nintendo are releasing a revamped version of their 3DS handheld console, the new 3DS XL will have 90% larger screens, come bundled with a 4gb SD card and will be sold in three different colour combinations: silver and black, red and black, and blue and black.

The 3DS XL was announced on Thursday evening via Nintendo direct, Nintendo’s online news channel, the console will be released in Europe on the 28th of July.

The 3DS has sold nearly 18 million units since it’s release in March 2011, a very low figure for Nintendo.

The 3DS features two screens, one of which features stereoscopic technology to provide a 3D effect without the need for glasses and also  comes with a camera capable of capturing 3D photos and videos, as well as Wi-Fi internet access.

This year is a very important year for Nintendo as they reported their very first annual loss last year, with their accounts at almost $500m in the red, and are obviously trying to turn this around with the releases of the 3DS XL, DLC for DS games and the winter release of the Wii U console.

What do you think of the new 3DS XL? let me know in the comments below!

Rebecca McGrane,

Twitter: @rebeccabecky