Back in mid-June, Nintendo announced plans to launch a larger version of its 3D handheld gaming console, the 3DS. Dubbed 3DS XL, Nintendo named a $200 price tag and an August 19 release date for gamers in North America, and a July 28 release date for shoppers in Japan. Soon after, the company revealed that European gamers would be a bit luckier than those located in the U.S. and Canada, as they were set for the same July 28 release date as Japan.
Sure enough, the larger iteration of the Nintendo 3DS XL went on sale in Europe right on schedule this past weekend. TechRadar reports that the console is priced at £179.99. This is compared to the £149.99 RRP of the original 3DS console. The 3DS XL also features a bump in storage, with the XL boasting 4GB as opposed to the 2GB gamers got with the regular-sized 3DS.
The Nintendo 3DS XL features a top display that measures in at 4.88 inches and a bottom display that measures 4.18 inches. For those interested, the 3DS featured a 3.53-inch top display and a 3.02-inch bottom display. The new console is available in red and black, black and silver, white, red or blue, depending on the region.
Amazon UK is currently selling the 3DS XL for £175, as are Play.com and GAME. Keep in mind that the European version of the 3DS XL won't ship with an adapter, so if you don't have one, you'll have to purchase that separately or as part of a special bundle.