Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that the 13th February is the release date in North America and Europe for the New 3DS XL during a presentation of Nintendo Direct today. The New 3DS XL will start at $199.99 in the US and be available in red and black basic versions. A Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate-branded system and game bundle will also be made available. If you are a Zelda fan, then a gold Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask version of the hardware will be available but without a copy of the relative game.
Oddly, the system will not include an AC adapter for charging the battery according to Fils-Aime with AC adapters from DSi or previous 3DS systems working with the new machine instead.
The new machine comes with the addition of new shoulder buttons, an in-built ‘nubbin’ analogue stick, better 3D and improved processing power as well as support for Amiibo.
If you are after a collectors item though, you will need to track down one of the “Ambassador Editions” which were available to select people last week. These limited editions did make their way to the likes of eBay at a mark up price.