Nintendo 3DS XL Arriving in UK On July 28

Nintendo late last week 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. However, it wasn't immediately clear when gamers in the United Kingdom could expect the 3DS XL to arrive in stores.


The good news is that those in the UK will actually get their hands on the 3DS before the U.S. launch. Nintendo has since confirmed that UK gamers will get the device on its European release date of July 28, the same date that the console goes on sale in Nintendo's native Japan. Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but UK readers can expect to see the 3DS XL in black, blue, and white when it arrives on shelves next month.

The Nintendo 3DS XL features a top display that measures in at 4.88 inches and a bottom display that measures 4.18 inches. This is compared to
3.53 inches for the top display on the 3DS and 3.02 inches for the 3DS's bottom display. The new also ship with a 4GB SD card and will be available in red and black, black and silver, or white in Japan, and red or blue in the United States.

Oddly enough, Crave UK reports that Nintendo is going to be selling the 3DS XL in Europe with no charger. The company says it's aiming to keep the price down and reasons that "so many fans already own a previous handheld." A charger will be available to purchase separately, but pricing for the accessory is not known. As we said before, UK pricing for 3DS XL has not yet been confirmed, but the U.S. price is $200, which is just over £128.50.

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  • erunion
    Whats the resolution? Please don't tell me its the same resolution on a bigger screen.
  • alhanelem
    I wonder when this will come to Australia, hoping to get this and KH 3DS
  • bustapr
    selling this handheld without the charger in europe is definitely an FU to buyers. Not all of the new 3ds adopters have had a DS. And selling it at a certain price point and then telling them they have to buy a charger separately to play it IS false marketing(in a way). you dont tell people "you get this amazing console for the low price of EUxxx" to then tell them "to use it you have to buy this other thing". thats just low of nintendo.
  • Very good idea not to include charger as most people indeed already have too many of those
  • boiler1990
    Hopefully they use some of that space for a bigger battery.
  • Spanky Deluxe
    Wow, a 4.88 inch display with a resolution of 400x240 - that's 95 dpi. Hello 2005.

    Heck, that's lower than the original Game Boy Advance from 2001!
  • _zxzxzx_
    How predictable of Nintendo...
  • whimseh
    They're still trying?
  • The 3DSXL will come with a bigger battery, however the bigger screens will probably level off that benefit.

    I dont mean to be a douche, but you can just probably order a 3DSXL from the US site and get the charger. And aftermarket chargers are like 4 bucks tops, so really not a huge deal. It is kind of dumb that you have to go to the trouble for your own charger, but hey, Nintendo is nintendo.
  • rooket
    Nintendo needs to focus on content rather than coming out with a new rehash of the console so quickly. They need more downloadable stuff, lower prices across the board, and more first and third party titles. I think they are jumping the gun too much on this console and the Wii U. The Wii U could wait. People are going to be waiting to see what Microsoft comes up with and also know the given track record from Nintendo means that the Nintendo console won't be as powerful as the rest. Sure Miyamato you can keep trying to tell gamers that it is the gameplay that matters (which is entirely 100% true and I agree with you) but most people are brainwashed about graphics and want the best graphics display even if they sacrifice quality of games. I commend Nintendo for bringing quality titles but they should stick with tried and true Japanese business practices that have afforded them a large bank account in the first place.

    Nintendo used to piss me off with their high priced consoles and games (I'm saying high as in when you are a kid you don't have $50 to spend on each game, when EVERY game costs 50 bucks) but they knew what they were doing so they could amass a fortune. These days they are trying to go out of their way to jump out with new products too quickly and their Asian investors really do not like it.

    So I could expect that investors would agree that there should be more content and less emphasis on kicking out new hardware in droves every few months.

    But I degress.... (nintendo DSi XL anyone remember it? and DSi with its suckage online content for purchase.. does nintendo know how to run an eshop? not really)