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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: New 3DS vs Wii Comparison

New footage showcases the graphical and performance upgrades in Nintendo’s (NTDOY) recently announced New 3DS handheld, revealing some eye-opening results.

A new video has matched a side-by-side comparison of the New 3DS exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles 3D against the original Wii release, giving an excellent perspective of what gamers can expect with the port as well as the New 3DS’ overall performance.

Although the video is less than two minutes long it delivers some substantial results, and you might be taken away at how good the New 3DS looks when compared to the seventh-generation console.

It’s not better, but it’s close, and that says something about the new system.

And since Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is the first known New 3DS exclusive, it might set the precedent for future releases.

Only the New 3DS XL model is making its way to North America; the smaller variant is exclusive to overseas markets.

Only the New 3DS XL model is making its way to North America; the smaller variant is exclusive to overseas markets.

Thanks to its upgraded hardware specs like a faster CPU and beefier RAM, the New 3DS can achieve much more than the current 3DS models including rendering higher quality textures and shadows, improving load times, face-tracking as well as improved 3D functionality.

It’s also worth mentioning that only New 3DS exclusives will be able to tap into the new handheld’s performance upgrades–regular 3DS titles will work as they did on their native system and won’t reap the benefits of the new hardware.

Below we have a quick spec comparison of the New 3DS against the Wii for perspective:

New 3DS specs

  • ARM11 MPCore 4x @ 268MHz (one reserved for OS)
  • 4x VFPv2 Co-Processor (vector processors, like SPEs in PS3)
  • 256MB FCRAM
  • 10MB VRAM
  • 800 x 240 / (Bottom) 320 x 240

Nintendo  Wii specs

  • 729 MHz
  • 1
  • 243 MHz
  • 88 MB
  • Resolution – 480p

Nintendo’s New 3DS releases this Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 for a $199 price point, and is limited to the XL model in North America.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, on the other hand, is slated to launch on April 10, 2015 exclusively for the New 3DS.