Nintendo To Launch Upgraded 3DS

The New 3DS will allow users to create custom skins.

The New 3DS will allow users to create custom skins.

Nintendo has announced the latest updates to its popular DS handheld console line this week.

The announcement, which came via a Japanese Nintendo Direct video conference, unveils the latest incarnation and features for its 3DS and 3DS XL consoles.

The new systems will feature an upgraded CPU for faster processing and graphics, as well as retro-style buttons, a “C_stick” thumbstick above the standard buttons, additional back triggers, and support for the amiibo wireless memory card toy line.

In addition, with upgraded hardware comes exclusive content. Games for the New 3DS consoles will not always be compatible with older versions. One such exclusive will be a port of the highly-acclaimed Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles.

The new models have an announced Japan release of October 11 at 16,000 yen (around $154) for the standard model and 18,800 yen ($181) for the XL model.

No release date for other markets have been announced. A North America release is not expected until 2015.

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