In an effort to take back the reported loss of the previous year, Nintendo Co. (7974) will present a larger version of its handheld 3DS in Japan on July.
The new version, called 3DS LL will be out next month in Japan’s market for 18,900 yen, and in the US market, where it will bear the name, 3DS XL, on 19 August at $199.99. The present model is currently available for 15, 000 yen.
According to the “Super Mario” creators, the 37% increase of 3DS sales plus the launching of the Wii U console will aid in regaining their first reported loss of 43.2 billion yen.
Takashi Oka, an analyst at TIW Inc. based in Tokyo, said, “…the player will lure customers as some opt for a larger display,” although he admitted that “the machine’s impact won’t be big enough to create a whole new market.”
The LL version’s screen delivers 3-D imagery without special glasses and is 1.9 times bigger than the present 3DS at 4.88 inches by 4.18 inches.
In a video posted in the Nintendo website, the company’s President Satoru Iwata said, “…there were demands for a bigger screen, and so we are ready to respond with a size-variation model.”
In addition, a new version of “Brain Age” brain training game and “New Super Mario Bros. 2” will launch together with the introduction of this new handheld gaming device.