Sources inside Gamestop have confirmed to Ars Technica that the revamped "new Nintendo 3DS" hardware will be available in US stores on February 13 and that the retailer will begin taking pre-orders for the unit tomorrow.
The image above, sent to us by an anonymous source at Gamestop, confirms rumors reportedelsewhere that the tweak to the existing 3DS line will finally be coming to the US tomorrow. The Gamestop poster doesn't include a price for the system, but our source also confirms that the retailer will be giving $75 and $100 respectively for customers that trade in an original 3DS or 3DS XL toward the new system. Another source at Gamestop told Ars that the retailer will begin taking pre-orders on the unit starting tomorrow.
First announced back in August ahead of its eventual October release in Japan, the confusingly named "new Nintendo 3DS" plays all existing 3DS games and will also support games that make fuller use of its slightly improved processing power, such as a port of Wii's Xenoblade Chronicles. The tweaked system sports an additional analog nub on the upper right corner—for use in games such as Super Smash Bros. and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate—two additional shoulder buttons, and a head-tracking feature that adjusts the glasses-free 3D effects for a variety of viewing positions.