The 3DS XL, the next iteration of Nintendo's hit 3D handheld, will arrive on UK shelves on July 28th, Nintendo has announced. That's the same day as the Japanese launch, and three weeks before America gets it. Bet you feel special now.
The 3DS XL has a screen that is 90 percent large than the current console, and has longer battery life as well. It'll be sold without a charger, though it's compatible with the existing 3DS plug as well as the charger from the old DSi XL. A charging cradle will be sold separately.
The news came as part of the Nintendo Direct presentation, where the Japanese giant revealed its plans for 2012 and beyond. New Super Mario Bros 2 was also shown, with a UK release date of August 19th now confirmed. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will arrive here in November, with a free puzzle update every day for 350 days after release. Nintendo also revealed that Namco Bandai is working on a new Super Smash Bros title for 3DS and Wii.
Other games on display included Castlevania, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Skylanders Giants, LEGO Lord of the Rings and Sonic and Sega Racing.