All the fuss over 3DS XL's big screens caused Nintendo to neglect mentioning one other notable upgrade - special anti-glare treatment.
Nintendo says the the 3DS XL has the least reflective handheld screen in Nintendo history, and that's thanks to an additional anti-glare treatment that's been applied to its LCD screens.
Nintendo's Takeshi Murakami explains, "On a LCD screen there are basically three reflective layers, which all of them reflects and cause glare. So this time, we specially treated all the layers. Reflectivity on the Nintendo 3DS was about 12%, but we decreased that to about 3%."
Anti-glare tech has been around for years, so why has Nintendo only chosen to incorporate it now? Simple - it was expensive, but is now cheap enough thanks to advances in technology and manufacturing processes.
Nintendo boss Iwata said, "Anti-reflection has been a topic every time since the Game Boy Advance system, but most of the time we had to give it up because of the cost."
Murakami chimed in, "The time finally came! When it comes to anti-reflection, this device beats all previous Nintendo game systems."