Old and new

The New Nintendo 3DS is available now in Japan, and we've been spending some quality time with the system — as you'll already know if you've checked out our review and hands-on video.

One of the most common questions we've had since getting the console relates to overall speed — is it really that much faster than the 2011 original and the 3DS XL? To answer this query we've put together a short video which compares the relative speeds of a New 3DS and an XL model when performing basic tasks — such as booting up, loading the eShop, dropping back to the Home menu, downloading content and loading a game. As you can see, the newer system is considerably faster than its forerunner.