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It looks like the New 3DS will indeed launch in North America on Feb. 13, one of the big announcements made during this morning’s Nintendo Direct. A handful of other games were given screen time during the event, with some new launch dates, Amiibo support and the like for gamers to consider.
Easily the biggest reveal of this morning’s Nintendo Direct, it looks like the XL version of the New 3DS will be in North American stores in just one month’s time. We’d heard rumors of this release date a day early, but nothing was confirmed until the big broadcast earlier today.
Along with some snazzy new features, however, it sounds like the NA market will be getting a little short-changed when they unbox that new console. For starters, only the XL version of the New 3DS has been announced for this territory, so those of you who prefer the smaller model might be out of luck. Also, the new console will not have an AC charge cord in the box, so expect to drop a few extra dollars if you want to, you know, be able to play the machine.
On the brights side, though, the New 3DS will set you back just $199.99 and will include that new C-Stick for camera movement and whatnot, a faster processor, enhanced 3D courtesy of eye-tracking technology and integrated near-field communication for those Amiibo figures everyone is so crazy about. A special The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask model was also announced, but likely sold out already.
Speaking of Amiibos, it looks like Code Name: STEAM will support Fire Emblem Amiibos, letting you drop characters from the latter into the former upcoming title. And speaking of Fire Emblem, a new game for that series has now been announced, too. According to the reveal, however, this is planned to be the final in the series. *wipe a tear*
In new game announcements for Nintendo’s handheld, it looks like Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will both arrive on Feb. 13, with six-player third-person shooter Ironfall: Invasion also announced for a February release.
Nintendo’s first cross-buy title was also announced this morning, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Hitting the 3DS and Wii U on March 5, buying the game for $19.99 on one console means you’ll be able to download it on the other at no extra charge.
We also announced the new free-to-play Pokemon Shuffle for 3DS this morning, in case you missed it.
So, lots of new info for the 3DS today. What we want to know is: How’s 2015 on Nintendo’s portable looking to you, the players? Planning to get a New 3DS? Looking forward to any games in particular? Let us know in the comments below.