Nintendo’s revamped handhelds to hit SA on 13 February

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Is your Nintendo 3DS looking a little tired? Thumb-stick a bit worn? Buttons dented with the markings worn off? In short, it is time for a replacement? You’re in luck, Nintendo will be bringing their updated 3DS and 3DS XL handheld consoles to South Africa a little later this month, on 13 February.

New 3DS XLThe consoles will be available on their own or as part of a bundle. The two bundles that are landing are for the 3DS XL and one will feature The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask as well as a console featuring artwork from the game. The second will feature Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate Edition as well as a themed 3DS XL console. Both packages will consist of the games in question pre-installed on a 4GB microSD that ships with the bundle. Pricing for the updated hardware hasn’t been revealed yet.

And updated is definitely the case here. New shoulder buttons (ZL/ZR) and a (teeny) C button, which is a right-hand side analogue stick, will be the most noticeable updates  but Nintendo is also tweaking the 3D functions, processor speed and UI, while some models will have the ability to have the front and back plates changed for something a little more custom.

Also part of the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL units is NFC support for Ninty’s popular Amiibo figurines, so you’ll be able to add the extra content they confer to your potty-gaming sessions soon.

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