Nintendo has made a VERY surprising announcement… the Nintendo 3DS XL is coming to Europe on 28th July along with new games such as New Art Academy and Freakyforms Deluxe Your Creations, Alive!.

Here is the press release issued by Nintendo:

Nintendo revealed plans to launch Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of Nintendo 3DS with 90 percent larger screens. When it becomes available across Europe on July 28th, the new system will create even more immersive entertainment experiences for users, delivering a wealth of games and video content that can be enjoyed on the go.

Nintendo 3DS XL features an updated form factor and will be available in Silver + Black, Red + Black and Blue + Black. The new system’s battery life outperforms that of the original Nintendo 3DS, and it comes bundled with a 4 GB SD card, which owners can use to store content such as downloadable games and videos from the Nintendo eShop. With upcoming titles such as New Super Mario Bros. 2 (launching 17th August) being available as digital downloads as well as boxed retail games you will be glad of the extra space.

Even with the addition of the bigger screen, Nintendo’s aim was to still make the system available at a reasonable purchase price. Because of this, and because so many fans already own a previous handheld, an AC adapter will not be included.

So, there will be no AC Adapter included, in addition to no charging cradle for the purpose of cutting costs of the system. I have a few questions about this myself… why wasn’t this announced at E3! and secondly, why doesn’t it include the second circle pad as standard!.

What we must say however, is, the price is VERY AFFORDABLE and I have to give it to Nintendo, a price like $199.99 is excellent for a system like this! Stick with InsideTheBox for more!