Nintendo of America has announced that it is launching a larger 3DS gaming console on August 19th in North America, along with the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The 3DS XL will have a 4.88 stereoscopic primary screen, increased from 3.53 inches in the original 3DS. The secondary touchscreen gets a boost from 3.02 inches to 4.18 inches. Both displays maintain their original screen resolutions, 800x240 (400x240 effective) and 320x240, respectively. It will ship earlier in Europe on July 28th.
Along with the increased screen and chassis size, battery life is also getting a bump, with Nintendo claiming 6.5 hours of 3DS games (up from 3.5) and 10 hours of DS gameplay.
Nintendo is pricing the new 3DS XL at $200, which will include a 4GB memory card. The 3DS launched at $250, and has a current street price of about $180.