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Nintendo Super-Sizes its 3DS Handheld With 3DS XL

Nintendo(NEW YORK) -- After just a little over a year on the market, the Nintendo 3DS is getting a makeover with bigger screens, better battery life and a wider girth.

Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said the “3DS XL gives owners even more real estate on their screens to enjoy entertainment applications like Nintendo Video and Netflix.” The new system will feature about an hour of extended battery life, 90 percent larger screens and will come in red and blue with what looks like a black interior. The 3DS XL is set for an American release on Aug. 19, along with the launch of Nintendo’s latest game, “New Super Mario Bros. 2.”

Last year’s medium sized model is expected to continue to be produced in addition to this year’s extra large device, as was the case with the original Nintendo DS and its big brother, the Nintendo DSi XL.

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