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Nintendo Formally Announces Nintendo 3DS LL

Larger system has 90% more screen area. Releasing opposite Mario and Brain Age sequel on July 28.


Nintendo will be giving 3DS its first major hardware revision with a new large-sized version called Nintendo 3DS LL.

Announced during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo 3DS LL ups the system's top screen from 3.58 inches to 4.88 inches, and the lower screen from 3.02 inches to 4.18 inches. Nintendo says that this gives you 90% more screen area for both screens.

On the whole, at 93x156x22mm, 3DS LL is 46% larger than the standard 3DS, which measures 74x134x21mm. 3DS LL weighs 336 grams, up from the DS's 235 grams.

Despite the larger screen size, 3DS LL improves the battery life over the 3DS. 3DS LL will last 3.5 to 6.5 hours when playing 3DS software, up from the 3 to 5 hours of the standard 3DS. When playing DS software, the LL runs 6 to 10 hours, up from the 5 to 8 hours of the standard 3DS.

3DS LL will be released in White, Red x Black and Silver x Black color variations on July 28. The system is priced ¥18,900. This price includes a larger SD card, but does not include an AC adapter. You'll be able to buy the AC adapter separately, or use the AC adapter from a previous Nintendo system.

July 28 will also see the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2, priced ¥4,800, and Brain Age sequel 5 Minute Oni Training, priced ¥3,800. These two will be sold at retail in in download form.

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