Nintendo will finally launch its New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL in Europe on 13th February, the company has announced.

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Both versions feature a new C-button for dual-analogue control, improved 3D and built-in NFC compatibility to communicate with Amiibos.

There's a slight power upgrade to both as well, allowing for smoother gameplay, faster system load times and ability to play a number of games which will be New 3DS-exclusive, the first of which will be a port of Wii role-player Xenoblade Chronicles.

The news, announced today in this afternoon's Nintendo Direct broadcast, has been a long time coming. The updated designs launched first in Japan and Australia before Christmas.

Last week, Nintendo announced a limited number of special Ambassador Edition machines which were made available to buy to a select group of fans in advance - although many have already ended up on eBay.

"As Nintendo hardware refreshes go, it's one of the most drastic," Damien McFerran wrote in Eurogamer's New 3DS review. "This is a upgrade worth waiting for."

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