Nintendo is Teasing a North American Regular-Sized New 3DS Release

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When Nintendo released the New 3DS, North Americans were curiously left behind in regards to the regular-sized handheld, as we only got the plus-sized version.

Body size-jokes aside, it seems like this might be changing soon, if an interview between Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime and Kotaku is anything to go by.

Reggie explained why Americans never got the regular-sized handheld:

“So we’ve got nothing to announce here. We’ve certainly taken note of all of the readers and consumers that expressed desire for the base model.”


“We analyzed the results in Japan and saw the lion’s share of the volume was on the XL model, and that’s with no 2DS existing in the Japanese market. And so as we thought about what’s the best line-up for us we thought the new XL and 2DS would be our best line-up. Not going to make any promises but, you know, I would suggest to your readers that they stay tuned and maybe some special SKUs might show up.”

Finally, Reggie also made a point that some upcoming digital-only games will only work on the New 3DS, just like the cartridge-based ones we’ve seen thus far.



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  1. Anderino
    June 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I hope it does. A lot of friends were considering getting XLs but after feeling the regular sized ones changed their minds. It’s the perfect size for portability and comfort.

  2. Doc Hammer
    Doc Hammer
    June 22, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I hope this comes to fruition. I don’t have ungainly ape paws and the XL doesn’t exactly fit into my pocket, plus the replaceable covers for the standard model are really appealing to my fickle taste. Kinda not fair that they launched the N3DS with that whole swappable aesthetic marketing campaign and then gave North America two colors and no charger.

  3. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    June 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I’m more worried about if they’re ever going to actually include a power adapter with a New 3DS. It’s such a small thing but they just can’t be bothered I guess.

  4. Nonscpo
    June 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    “Finally, Reggie also made a point that some upcoming digital-only games will only work on the New 3DS, just like the cartridge-based ones we’ve seen thus far”…Then get to it Reggie, as it stands right now there isn’t much of a reason to upgrade to a New 3DS. The only people who have a valid reason to pick one up are new owners.

  5. Rachnee
    June 22, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I’m interested in this.

    Skipped the new model may get this one.

  6. Zombie_Barioth
    June 23, 2015 at 4:13 am

    I don’t mean to be a negative Nancy, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. When they did the same thing with, I believe it was the DSi XL, in Japan and Europe, Iwata’s explanation was they didn’t think it was necessary because a lot of people already have one.

    They haven’t commented on it since, so there must not have been enough if an uproar over their latest penny-pinching strategy.

  7. InfectedAI
    June 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I wonder if they’ll be games that actually push the system. I’m not too hopeful for Isaac as I think the developer simply isn’t good at optimization. Not to mention missing features and lack of updates.

    I want to see a game that really makes me think wow, this is way better than anything that could run on the original 3DS. Unfortunately, I don’t think the New 3DS is a big an improvement as it should’ve been. It’s not that much more powerful than the original.

  8. Nonscpo
    June 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Agreed, if your a new owner than why not buy it, but if your an existing owner there’s just no point.

  9. The Black Kusanagi
    The Black Kusanagi
    July 14, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Can you believe the petition has 5 times less votes than the Metroid game?? It even has less than Dragon quest 7 petition…

    I honestly feel like the people angry at the Federation Force should leave it alone and help us bring the regular New 3DS here instead. We need the numbers….5000 just wont cut it…

  10. masamune
    January 31, 2016 at 11:31 am

    ahhhh… i want regular size and the black ones