The version of the Nintendo 3DS family has an upgraded CPU and Nintendo will make use of that. We know that Xenoblade will be an exclusive title for it, but Nintendo has already some software in the works for it. Some future non-exclusive games will also run better on the device, though specific titles have not been mentioned.
"Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing. We plan to launch these products in Europe in 2015. We have a variety of compelling portable gaming options for consumers now and through the Christmas shopping season, including a variety of different Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL bundles at retail. We also have a strong library of hundreds of games for these systems that appeal to all kinds of players, with titles like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire still on the way before the end of the year." - NoE Spokesperson
Nintendo Co., Ltd. will launch "New Nintendo 3DS" and "New Nintendo 3DS XL" on October 11, 2014 in Japan, at the suggested retail prices of 16,000 yen and 18,800 yen (prices not including consumption tax), respectively. The systems will be the newest members of the Nintendo 3DS family, the sales of which in Japan alone are estimated to already top 16 million units to date.
The new C-Stick, ZL button and ZR button, which will enhance the play controls of the existing Nintendo 3DS hardware, have been added, and the new "Super-Stable 3D" function will provide players with an even more comfortable 3D gaming experience. Furthermore, the new "NFC feature" will enable the use of the "amiiboTM" on Nintendo 3DS.
As for "New Nintendo 3DS," the LCD screens are bigger than those of the existing Nintendo 3DS, and the exterior design of the hardware can be customized simply by exchanging the "Cover Plates," which will be sold separately.
As for the overseas markets, our local subsidiaries will separately confirm. However, there will be no U.S. and European launches this calendar year.