Posted Tue Jan 20, 2015 at 06:36 AM PST by Brian Hoss
And there will be a 72-hour Mask Challenge.
Remember the New 3DS XL? The one that is coming on February 13th alongside 'The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D' and 'Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate?' Well, Nintendo is bringing the new system and the new games to San Antonio, Texas and this weekend's PAX South.
The new system and games will be playable along with the recent 'Super Smash Bros.' for 3DS, but in addition, Nintendo has a very 'Majora's Mask' flavored contest.
PAX South runs for three days, and fans of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask definitely know the importance of a 72-hour timeline within the game. To celebrate the upcoming launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D on Feb. 13, Nintendo is hosting a '72-Hour Mask Challenge,' which asks fans to create their own personalized masks.
At the Nintendo PAX South booth (#1234), there will also be a real-life replica of the Majora's Mask available as a photo-op, and Nintendo will be giving out paper versions for fans to wear around the convention.
The new model (it's only the XL right now) is thinner and faster, but more obvious to the naked eye, is that it incorporates two add-ons. Sporting a button sized C stick as well as two more shoulder (Z) buttons, the New 3DS XL incorporates the Circle Pad Pro add-on (finally). It also has a built-in NFC reader, which means that amiibo figures will work natively. The SD card slot is dropped in favor of a micro SD slot. The screen now carries an adaptive brightness and contrast ability (like cell and tablet screens), which yields longer batery life. The 3DS passive 3D ability is now (hopefully) much more useful as the camera and gyros track the user's head position, making the 3D less of a sweet spot experience.
A more controversial addition is the increased CPU speed, which not only helps downloading, installing, etc. of current games, but also means that the New 3DS will have exclusives, such as the recently announced 'Xenoblade Chronicles 3D.'
The New 3DS and New 3DS LL released in Japan on October 11th. The New 3DS XL is coming to North America on February 13th.
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