3DS LL XL

Image: 3DS LL. Nintendo.

Just a couple weeks after Nintendo’s disastrously dull E3 presentation, the company has re-discovered its thunder and actually bothered to make news-worthy announcements again!

During another one of its Nintendo Direct presentations, Iwata unleashed the beast pictured above. The 3DS LL will hit Japan July 28th, and be made available in white, red/black, and silver/black.

The updated system does not feature a second slide pad, but will come with screens about 90% bigger than the current 3DS model. The battery life will be a little better, and the included memory card will be 4GB rather than the current 2GB. Strangely, an AC adapter will not be included, you’ll just have to buy that separately.

In Japan, the DSi XL was known as LL, so it seems likely the 3DS equivalent will be named similarly.

Update: The Nintendo of America equivalent of Japan’s presentation has confirmed the system will be known as the XL. Reggie explained the chunky machine will be available in red and blue, although a black equivalent was also shown.

The 3DS XL will launch in North America on August 19th, the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2. It will run you $199.99.

More good news, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is finally coming to the 3DS in North America this November.

Even more news, Smash Bros. mastermind Sakurai is teaming up with Bandai Namco to make the new Smash games for 3DS and Wii U. Start speculating on which Namco characters could appear… now.

And in conclusion, that’s bigger, better, and more interesting news than we got from Nintendo through all of E3 2012.

First glimpse of 3DS LL/XL, Update: coming to North America August 19th