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Friday, 22nd June 2012
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Nintendo goes super-size with new 3DS XL

Nintendo has lifted the lid on the latest addition to its line-up of games consoles – an extra large version of its best-selling handheld games machine the 3DS.

The 3DS XL will increase the previous model's screen size by 90 per cent, creating a much larger machine more suited to watching video, while its battery life is also said to outperform that of its predecessor.

It is due for release across Europe on July 28th, at the same time as the highly anticipated New Super Mario Bros 2 hits stores.

In a statement announcing the existence of the new device, Nintendo said: "The new system will create even more immersive entertainment experiences for users, delivering a wealth of games and video content that can be enjoyed on the go."

Having declined the opportunity to unveil the machine at the recent E3 computer games expo in Los Angeles, the Japanese computer games firm appears to have held the imminent release as a tightly-guarded secret, surprising many industry commentators with its sudden announcement.

This was possibly an attempt not to divert attention away from its major release this year, however, with all eyes at E3 firmly focused on the Wii U, the next generation of its record-breaking Wii console.

Written by Graham McPherson

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