At long last, Nintendo is finally giving their gamers something they’ve been clamoring for forever. No, it isn’t a brand new Metroid game, or a fancy new system; Nintendo is finally adding a second analog stick to it’s handheld system.
In a Japanese Nintendo Direct earlier today, the company announced the “New Nintendo 3DS” (that’s the name), a system that has gone under a bit of a redesign. Above the Y, X, B, A buttons now sits a very tiny analog stick, similar to the C-Stick that was found on the Gamecube controllers. This tool is going to be extremely useful when playing games that feature independent camera movement, such as Monster Hunter.
If that wasn’t enough, the system is also getting two brand new shoulder buttons. Right next to the traditional left and right shoulder buttons are now ZR and ZL buttons. The systems shape has also been rounded out a bit, to give it a cleaner look.
We don’t know much about a release of the system stateside, other then the fact that Nintendo has said it will be “not this year”. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL comes to Japan on October 11 for 16,000 yen ($154) and 18,800 yen ($181) respectively.