Nintendo held a Japanese Nintendo Direct today to announce that both the 3DS and the 3DS XL are being revised and updated. Europe will have to wait until 2015 for the updated handheld to reach our shores.
The 'New Nintendo 3DS' and 'New Nintendo 3DS LL' (XL = LL in Japan) are a both a little larger, heavier, has a second analogue stick, coloured face buttons, NFC capabilities and the option of front and back faceplates.
The internals of the device has a had a little refresh too. Both 'New Nintendo 3DS' devices have faster processors, brighter screens and considerably longer battery life. The 'New 3DS' has 3.5 to 6 hours of battery and the 'New 3DS XL' has 3.5 hours to 7 hours too.