Nintendo super-sizes the 3DS with an XL model

How do you like your portable gaming? Big? Extra big? If that last one sounds like your cup of tea, Nintendo has put the finishing touches on an extra-large 3DS.

With a massive increase in screen real estate, the 3DS XL is primed to be a favourite of those who love their 3D gaming on the go, but want it bigger.

The new 3DS XL features a top screen coming in a 4.88 inches with a bottom touchscreen of 4.18 inches, compared to the 3.53 top and 3.01 inch bottom on the original – and still available – Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo reports that the battery has been improved on the new model, even outlasting the original 3DS. Also included is a 4GB SD card for downloading games and videos to.

No word yet if Nintendo plans on cutting the current 3DS price of $249.95 to offer the smaller model at a more competitive price, but you’ll be able to find the new 3DS XL for the same price when it arrives on August 23.