Nintendo to roll out compact New 3DS hardware in North America in September

Nintendo has announced it will roll out the smaller version of its New 3DS hardware in North America starting on September 25.

The New 3DS has already been launched in other parts of the world, but North America is yet to get the compact New 3DS hardware.

The announcement was made at GameStop’s annual Managers Conference in Las Vegas on Monday.

The new system will come bundled with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer as a download, as well as an Animal Crossing Amiibo card, a 4GB memory card, and a total of six augmented reality cards. In total the bundle will cost $219.99.

The new handheld has all the features of the New Nintendo 3DS XL including face-tracking 3D and support for amiibo figures. New Nintendo 3DS also has swappable faceplates, which was not supported in the larger XL model.

The handheld adds a second eraser-style thumbstick, a faster processor, improved audio, longer battery life and an eye-tracking sensor that helps stabilize the system’s eponymous 3D effect when moving it around.

Accompanying the new smaller New Nintendo 3DS will be the “Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL” system which will hit GameStop stores in the US on October 30. This gold colored unit will be priced at $199.99 USD and feature the Hylian Crest. It is timed to hit simultaneously with The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, which is sold separately.