New Nintendo 3DS Comes To Australia On November 21

By Spencer . September 23, 2014 . 11:57pm


Nintendo will release the New Nintendo 3DS outside of Japan this year and the first Western region to get the system will be Australia. The improved Nintendo 3DS has a faster CPU, two extra shoulder buttons, a C-stick to designed to make it easier to control, and it auto adjusts brightness which saves battery life.


New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will launch in Japan first on October 11. Australia and New Zealand get the enhanced handheld on November 21. New Nintendo 3DS will be available in white while New Nintendo 3DS XL comes in metallic black and metallic blue.



Nintendo announced Xenoblade as a New Nintendo 3DS exclusive in Japan.

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  • Detrimont

    Wasn’t expecting it til next year, i don’t have the money for it yet TT_TT

    • Uncle Tat

      Then buy it next year.

      Xenoblade 3DS won’t come out near future, so even if the New 3DS come out right now, there is no real advantage of owning it.

      • Detrimont

        i know, but my current 3ds(first week buy), is starting to bug out currently, and the larger screen would be welcome fore Persona Q, (and less run downs in pokemon)

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      I think the only benefit for getting it this year is that you can play Smash and backwards compatibility with older 3DS games. A purchase next year should be fine.

  • This effectively means it will be coming to other regions at some point in the future.

    • Wallahby

      Cheers Captain

    • RablaAndrews

      …as opposed to coming out never?

  • GraveSinger

    I’ll wait for that Monster Hunter one. つ ◕______◕ ༽つ

    • Uncle Tat

      Oh yeahhhh.

  • Shippoyasha

    I am curious about the battery life. I wonder if I’ll still have to invest in a battery add on pack to make it more portable (as in spending many hours outside with it).

    • 3PointDecoupage

      Its a slight improvement over the last models. Like one hour more I think.

  • legotetris

    Great news for us Australians! And it’s release date is the same day as Pokemon ORAS, goodness gracious.

    I hope Europe/North America are informed with a release date soon.

  • Weeb

    Australia getting an announcement before EU or NA? This is so bizarre.

    • Heaven

      We’ve actually got the DSi and DS Lite before NA and EU but even that was only a few days difference.

      • British_Otaku

        Timezones mean that you guys get simultaneous releases earlier than the rest of the world as well. :P

  • ReveurIngenu

    Did they specifically say it would reach Australia before the rest of PAL territory (“first western region…”), or is the writer of this article just saying that because it’s currently only been announced for Australia?

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      He says it won’t launch in the US or Europe till next year in the video.

      • ReveurIngenu

        Ok, I didn’t want to watch the video so thanks for your answer.

  • Moontei

    Can’t wait for it to come out in the states. Region locking is still one of the dumbest moves Nintendo keeps repeating. Second only to their naming of recent hardware.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    They really need to announce some games if they want people to buy this.

    • Suicunesol

      I thought people didn’t want games for this? I’m sure people will buy this just as people bought DS Lite.

  • Adrian Duran

    IMO the XL is much better than the original in the New models, despite the customizable faceplates

  • HELL YEAH!, I hope we can now get the limited pokemon NEW 3ds systems as well

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Xenoblade also confirmed!

    • Pyrofrost

      My favorite part of the video, lol.

      The unit was obvious. The game that we were all hoping for, not so much, until now. ^_^

  • Kornelious

    Australia!? getting it just a month after Japan!? Well I sure didn’t see that coming O_O

    Hopefully this meant that NA and EU won’t be far off :)

  • piichan

    Man, if only Aus wasn’t PAL, i’ll have one of my mates get it for me.

  • Buitronthecrazy .

    i don’t get it, why Australia first, didn’t they have the most extreme moral guardian polices against games?
    Also, meh, they are keeping that name outside japan? inb4 another WiiU situation.

    • ReveurIngenu

      Probably because of production issues. Australia is a small market so they can probably produce enough of these for both Japan and them, which would not be the case if they wanted to add Europe or America.

    • TempestTwin

      That’s only the classification board that rates games that are the ones who are strict when it comes to R 18+ ratings, as R 18+ games use to be banned in Australia but that was previously lifted a few years ago.

    • British_Otaku

      None of Australia’s rating systems ever affected the release of console or portable to my knowledge, games on the other hand every region has problems with that.

      China is a better example of what you are talking about.

      I’m not totally happy with the name, but it shouldn’t do too much harm.

  • marcuch

    So… anyone knows an australian video game store that ships to Europe?

  • Kalis Konig

    They are making the bigger markets (outside of Japan) wait until next year so people will give in and buy those limited edition XL’s. This is kind of annoying.

  • wububu

    I don’t have money to buy it, but I’m jealous that we’re not getting it yet.

  • DrForbidden

    I still think that Nintendo should have just made a backwards-compatible 3DS II with a proper right thumbstick instead of this confusing ‘New 3DS’.

    • Hound

      new 3DS is backwards compatible. old 3DS just isn’t forward compatible

      The buttons and amiibo support are available for old 3DS as optional peripherals

      • Uncle Tat

        Not entirely true, since there are chance of most future 3DS title will be playable on old 3DS, and the advantage of having New 3DS is the game will play slightly better.

      • DrForbidden

        Uhhh, I know that. I’m saying they would be better off making 3DSII rather than ‘new 3DS’.

    • pokeroi

      They are

      • DrForbidden

        Nintendo isn’t making 3DSII.

  • Stevostin

    Australian consoles are PAL right? So I would have no problem playing european games on it? Even with eShop? Maybe I’ll import it if there is no problem on that point.

    • British_Otaku

      Yep, they are PAL. Yep. Yep, yes but make sure to assign it to your country or somewhere privileged to avoid trouble.

      I would still wait till they stock PAL NN3DS systems locally, in case of any deals, limited editions and whatever. It isn’t like this one has exclusive software aside from “Download stuff faster” on launch day.

  • s6_miller

    If australia is getting it that soon I guess this means that europe isn’t too far off.

  • SMT

    As a member of the PAL region that also shared your constant gaming related delays, allow me to congratulate you fellows from the land down under for FINALLY getting something gaming related ahead of everyone!

    I’m super Jelly!

  • Well, I can’t get it Day 1. I’ve got 3 special editions to get. 1 on the same day, 2 a week earlier. But I can save it for Christmas. Either way, it leaves plenty of time for them to announce a MH4U special edition. And if they do, I’ll hold off until then.

  • artemisthemp

    I understand what Nintendo is trying to do with this release date.

    They hope some kid will buy a New 3DS when Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby release on the same day.
    To bad they don’t have one with special face plate like the one ad Pokemon X/Y launch.

    • Hound

      I assumed it was for the holiday rush that’d occur soon afterward

  • Haunter!

    I guess sometimes crime DOES pay.

  • Adam Sheridan

    So I’m guessing they aren’t going to make these region free?

  • triablos

    I hope the Europe release is this year too since we’re usually thrown together with Australia

    • Adam Sheridan

      Apparently Europe and America aren’t until 2015.

  • pokeroi

    maybe we will get also a suprise ND at the end of day. But i kinda hope it will be released in spring 2015, because this end of year EU and NA need to focus on Wii if you ask me.

  • Eric Quaresma

    Let me see if I got it right, Australia is west comparing with Japan?

    • darke

      Sony thinks we’re in Europe, but we’re really just south of them. A lot south.

      The only reason I can think of why they’re releasing here before other places, is the same reason we used to be a test bed for a lot of newer mobile phones. Small market so if things go wrong there’s limited problems; plus we speak English.

      • Eric Quaresma

        Not Sony, it would be Nintendo, but it’s Japan actually

        • darke

          Yeah, but everyone seems to follow the ‘bluray’ region encoding standards, like they used to follow the dvd regions back in that era; so it’s Sony’s fault. :P

  • Oh, that’s interesting. Maybe there’s a chance of this being across the world before 2015 then.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    Wow so a PAL country is getting the New 3DS in November. I would find it funny if this doesn’t release in the US/Europe before the end of next year.

    In the meantime, Nintendo is pushing to make as much money on their bundles/limited edition versions of the regular 3DS/XL during our holiday rush.

    • Dascylus

      Yeah, all those bundles make perfect sense as to why they aren’t launching in other territories yet.

  • lolcatz6657

    This has probably been answered before, but seeing as the added c-stick looks like the size of a 5c coin, will it actually be…useful? It just seems out of place.

    • Detrimont

      look up some reviews from people who went to TGS

  • Notquitesure?

    First time I can remember ever getting anything first

  • César H. Sandoval

    I’m kinda hoping that America gets it by X-mas then.

  • TheManWithPants

    I’d consider buying one when it hits America if it’s region free, but I doubt it.

    • Brandonmkii

      It isn’t region free.

      • TheManWithPants


        • darke

          Plus side: It allows them to sell it into a tiny market without the rest of the world trying to buy a copy.

          Minus side: I’m still not buying one until the region lock is smashed into a thousand pieces. -.-

  • Fenrir

    To anyone hoping NA and EU releases are before the end of the year, stop hoping. Nintendo’s confirmed that neither of those two territories are getting the new model until 2015. Spencer should probably edit the article to clarify this.

  • Ronldbx6

    I’m salty that Australia’s getting it secondly in November. Sucks that NA has to wait next year. My 3DS shoulder buttons are dying and I’m in need of a new 3DS, might as well wait for the new model. How am I going to be able to play SSB effectively? (sigh)

  • Eder García

    it will be BS if NOA releases the new 3DS on black friday next year, hope i am wrong

  • Jettythesunfish

    You know I really don’t see why we’re not getting this until much later. Doesn’t the fact that it’s coming out in Australia and New Zealand by November mean that it’ll be pretty much all localized? Why the hold up then? I don’t have a problem with them getting it first, but why do we have to wait until next year?

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Releasing the New 3DS this holiday season in the largest western markets would distract from whatever Wii U campaign Nintendo probably has brewing. The system is all but ignored in Japan, so the release of the New 3DS makes sense, but I see this as the make or break holiday for Wii U in Europe and NA. We will probably see a price cut in time for Black Friday plus a few bundles as well. If that doesn’t move units, Nintendo will likely expedite the full western release of the New Nintendo 3DS. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some future Wii U products switch to the New 3DS (ahem, SMT x FE).

  • Lalum

    We better get the black New 3DS in America.

  • cant wait, take my money!

  • Protos_Heis

    These guys put up with the most terrifying insects I’ve seen they deserve something. Grats Australia

  • Ric Vazquez

    My wallet is waiting…

  • JustJam

    Ugh I just bought the 3DS XL last year and now this is gonna be released….I feel so ripped off. Why is Nintendo trying to be like Apple now?

    • Stephen

      Adopting hardware late is good for your wallet, but not good for keeping up with the latest technology. On the bright side, unless you are a Japanese or Australian gamer, you aren’t getting this until at least next year. The only exclusive game we know about is Xenoblade, so you have time to save up or decide whether you want to get this at all, depending on how crazy they decide to get with exclusives.

    • kthanxyousuck

      Man I feel you. This is the second time this has happened to me lol

      First I brought my nephew an original 3DS and the XL version came out like three months later.

      I just got my pink XL last October and I’m so -_-

      I’m gonna try to hold out a little because I know as soon as I buy one an awesome limited edition I want will be released and I’ll be stuck in the cycle. But even then we don’t know how far off the next gen handheld is. If they’re gonna release one in 2017 then I might just not buy because I can’t afford to keep doing this every two years.

  • Göran Isacson

    Reeeeally wish they could’ve named it the Super 3DS instead. Would’ve cut down on the confusion and scored major nostalgia points since the buttons are colored ala SNES here.

    • The Australia version is getting Super Famicom-colored buttons like the Japanese version, isn’t it? That’s how it looked in the first bit of the video (can’t be bothered to watch the whole thing)

      • Göran Isacson

        Your comment made me raise an eyebrow and start researching, and that was what made me realize, for the very first time ever, no lie, that you Yanks got boring purple buttons for your SNES controllers, while Europe got the SuFam-colors on our controllers. So here I’ve been thinking that “Super Nintendo” goes with the color buttons, but apparently that was just for us.

        I feel a little bit special now. Still, I guess that it IS a point against my theory of “Super 3DS” if the colors weren’t there in the American SNES.

        • Well, for what it’s worth, I’ve always been jealous of both the Super Famicom and of your version of the Super NES, which is basically a Super Famicom renamed a Super NES. Why Nintendo redesigned it for NA, I don’t know. I love the NA Super NES, probably mostly for nostalgic reasons, but the Super Famicom, including the iconic colored buttons, is awesome.

          I would have much preferred a Super 3DS myself. And if they recolor the buttons for NA, I’m going to be sad. Again, I love my SNES, but the buttons on it are not at all iconic to the point where no one would even connect SNES-colored buttons to it (if they stuck with the NA version).

  • kthanxyousuck

    Isn’t this the same day people claimed Smash Wii U is coming out? Might be confirmation against that….

  • Unorthodox02

    when is this coming to the us?


    Haha, see what I did there?

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