New Nintendo 3DS XL Release Date Announced, Majora’s Mask Edition Revealed

The upcoming handheld gets a Zelda theme.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

The North American and European release date for the New Nintendo 3DS XL has been announced, with it sets to launch on February 13th, 2015. 

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Nintendo made the announcement during its Nintendo Direct presentation, confirmed that only the XL version of the new console series will make its way to the US/EU. It will come with a suggested retail price of $199.99.

The larger model of the console does not feature interchangeable face plates, a key feature of the console when it was first announced during a Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation. However, it has been announced that it will feature near-field communication for interaction with Amiibos, along with improved 3D, faster processing and the introduction of the C-stick, a secondary analog stick that looks similar to the one seen on the GameCube controller.

This additional analog stick allows for greater camera control, with Nintendo showing off its use in a preview of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. The company also unveiled a limited edition Majora’s Mask theme for the new console, which you can see below:

MajorasMask3DSXL

The system will be available in the colors New Red and New Black at launch.