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Nintendo New 3DS adds subtle but appreciated upgrades (pictures)

Nintendo's New 3DS isn't all-new by any means, but with an upgraded display and a second analog stick, it's certainly a cool upgrade.

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Meet the New 3DS -- very slightly different to the old 3DS.

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Available in Japan only, we went all the way to Tokyo to bring you this review.

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One of the big changes is the new clip-on covers. We got a lovely wood-grain model with embossed silhouettes. (No, it isn't real wood.)

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One of the big new additions: two more shoulder buttons. ZL and ZR join the existing L and R.

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Same cartridge slot, thankfully. Headphone jack front and center.

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The 3D slider is still there on the display, but the dedicated Wi-Fi switch is gone.

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Inside, you can see the new analog stick, hiding above the brightly colored main buttons.

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The new stick doesn't feel very good, sadly. It's like a TrackPoint on a Lenovo laptop.

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Without the clip-on skin, the system looks plain, to say the least.

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Thankfully, Nintendo has released almost 40 different covers -- and we're sure there are plenty more to come.

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3D camera still on tap.

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The bottom cover is a little harder to get off, so we left it on for this photo. (It requires two screws.)

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The new display uses facial tracking to monitor your position.

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The display is the single biggest improvement, and almost worth the price of admission alone.

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It's not available in the US, UK, Australia or anywhere but Japan for at least a few months, so start saving your pennies!

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