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Nintendo Doing Up its 3DS Handheld Gaming Console

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Nintendo Doing Up its 3DS Handheld Gaming Console

Nintendo 3DS LL, which will be known as the XL outside Japan, will have a screen twice as big as the current version. Screens on the 3DS LL will be 4.88in (124mm) and 4.18in (106mm) across as compared to 3.53in (90mm) and 3.02in (77mm) in the older model.

The device will cost 150 Euros in Japan and 128 Euros in the US.

The larger size of the device will be accompanied by a longer battery life that would run for emore than six hours between recharges.

About 17 million 3DS devices have been sold since the device was released in 2011

The 3DS faces growing competition from smartphones, tablets and Sony’s Playstation Vita handheld.

In April, Nintendo reported its first annual loss as sales of its Wii console and other gadgets started to slow. It has hopes that a revamped games console, the Wii U, will return it to profitability.

Nintendo’s shares have fallen 60% since the first 3DS launched in February 2011.

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