This morning's Nintendo Direct event came packing a handful of announcements that we'll be getting into today, starting with the reveal of two new, more powerful Nintendo 3DS models. The New Nintendo 3DS will be available in standard and XL versions, and is set to debut in Japan on October 11.
One of the many adjustments made to the portable is the addition of a C-stick, which acts as a tiny little analog stick on the right side of the 3DS. Games like Super Smash Bros., Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Dragon Quest X Online, and Final Fantasy Explorers will take advantage of its camera movement that replaces the need for the SlidePad peripheral.
New Nintendo 3DS also adds ZR and ZL buttons, 3D shake prevention, NFC compatibility, customizable cover plates, longer battery life (increased from 3.5 to 6 on 3DS and 3.5 to 7 on 3DS XL), and overall improved hardware.
The standard New 3DS will be available in black and white versions, priced at ¥16,000 ($154), when it launches in Japan. the XL version will be available in metallic blue and metallic black for ¥18,800 ($181). Planned bundles include a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 3DS at launch for ¥25,600 ($246) and a Super Smash Bros. 3DS in November.
We previously saw pretty much the same Super Smash Bros. design announced for the regular 3DS XL in Europe.