Rather than release an all-new portable console, Nintendo has decided to upgrade the 3DS by unveiling the 3DS XL. It boasts a screen that’s 90% larger than its predecessor – top screen measures 4.88-inches and bottom, 4.18-inches. This console will hit Japan on July 28th in three colors (white, red x black, silver x black), priced at $199.99. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

For the 3DS LL, the battery will last 3.5 to 6.5 hours while playing 3DS games (as compared to 3 to 5 hours with the 3DS). The battery will last 6 to 10 hours for DS games (as compared to 5 to 8 hours for the 3DS).

To cut costs, Nintendo is selling the AC adapter as a stand alone in Japan, but the 3DS XL will work with current 3DS plugs. (Note: in North America, Nintendo is releasing the 3DS XL with the AC adapter.)

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