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Report: Nintendo planning larger 3DS

Report: Nintendo planning larger 3DS

A report out of Japan claims that the 3DS is getting an “XL” hardware revision, making it 1.5x bigger. The reported new system could hit this summer.

Steve Watts

June 4, 2012 12:02 PM18

Nintendo’s E3 press briefing isn’t until tomorrow, but we may be getting a small glimpse at the company’s plans today. According to a report, Nintendo is set to announce a bigger version of the 3DS. Also, the report gives a possible price for the Wii U, though it’s unclear if that information comes from Nintendo.

Japanese newspaper Nikkei (via Andriasang) reports that the company will debut a 3DS roughly 1.5 times bigger than the current size, with a 4.3 inch screen. It would be a hardware revision, but it sounds more like a jump from the DSi to the XL than anything drastic — like a second stick. The release could come as early as this summer.

The report also claims that the Wii U is expected to be priced at 30,000 yen (approximately $380). It’s unclear if this is Nikkei passing along known information, or if it’s hazarding an educated guess. Nintendo has claimed that it won’t share pricing info at the event. If $380 sounds steep, keep in mind that the Wii is still priced at 20,000 yen in Japan, or roughly $250 here. Obviously, the prices don’t translate perfectly.

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