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The New Nintendo 3DS, plus scary games to get you ready for Halloween

The new New Nintendo

Perhaps not that imaginatively named, the New Nintendo 3DS (NN3DS) is indeed the new Nintendo 3DS. But this is not just a simple redesign — there is an array of new features, including a larger screen and more powerful game hardware.

There’s also an extra nublike analog stick, called the C-stick, which means the portable now comes with two sticks to go with the directional pad. Why is this necessary? Rival consoles have two, and they’ve become a standard need for many games. What’s more, gamers have been asking Nintendo for years to improve the controls and gameplay with a second stick.

The NN3DS also comes with a better 3-D-viewing function. Instead of having to hold your head perfectly still to enjoy a 3-D effect, the NN3DS has a clever program that uses the onboard camera to track players’ heads so it can adjust accordingly. Since it is more powerful than the current version, Nintendo will also be releasing exclusive games for the system.

On sale from Oct. 11, the NN3DS is ¥16,000. There is also a larger LL version for ¥18,800.

www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/new

An ultimate bundle

When “Monster Hunter 4” was released in Japan last year, it was a smash, selling 1.8 million copies in the first two days. Now, Osaka-based game maker Capcom is back with more.

Dubbed “Monster Hunter 4G,” this enhanced version of the game has new content, including more monsters. Capcom has released “G” versions of its “Monster Hunter” games before. Think of them as final cuts — tweaked and primed — the “ultimate” versions of games.

To mark the release, Capcom is teaming up with Nintendo for a special “Monster Hunter 4G” New Nintendo 3DS (NN3DS) XL bundle, which comes with the game and a special “Monster Hunter” emblazoned metallic-looking NN3DS XL. This is the first limited-edition NN3DS announced so far, and it will be available from Oct. 11 at a price of ¥25,600.

www.capcom.co.jp/monsterhunter/4G

Making ghouls burn in hell

Known as “The Evil Within” overseas, “PsychoBreak” is the latest survival horror game from Shinji Mikami, the creator of “Resident Evil.” And it looks utterly terrifying.

The game follows a police detective during a murder investigation at an asylum. He’s knocked unconscious and awakes in a bizarre, nightmare world. Players must confront a seemingly invincible spirit named Ruvik to discover what is lurking underneath all this evil.

As in “Resident Evil,” ammo is limited and players can also set traps to snare enemies. But in “PyschoBreak,” it’s not enough to simply shoot the ghouls. Or decapitate them. To prevent them from reanimating, they must be set ablaze.

No doubt “PsychoBreak” will please survival horror fans, but the faint of heart may want to sit this one out.

On sale from Oct. 23, “PsychoBreak” will be available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

psychobreak.com

Here’s the cutest Link

An incredibly popular line from figurine company Goodsmile, Nendoroid’s adorable figures have big heads and tiny bodies, making them a perfect fit for the “Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” version of Link.

“The Wind Waker” Link is far more cartoony than the Link incarnations that appear in other “Zelda” games, which is why he’s also known as “Toon Link.”

This Nendoroid Link, which is released on Oct. 3 for ¥3,704, is fully poseable and features different facial expressions that can be swapped out. It also comes with Link’s sword and shield as well as a “heart container,” a Wind Waker conductor’s baton and more.

bit.ly/nendoroidlink

Ready to see the ‘Fatal Frame’?

“Fatal Frame” is back to scare the living daylights out of you. “Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko” (“Fatal Frame V: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden”), is the fifth entry in the notoriously frightening psychological horror series — and it’s headed exclusively to the Nintendo Wii U.

Centering on damp, spooky buildings of creepy settings and graveyards, “Fatal Frame V” features ghosts dripping with water and other frightening details. Just released, the game coincides with “Zero: Onna no Ko Dake ga Kakaru Noroi” (“Fatal Frame: The Curse that Only Girls Fall Under”), a movie based on the “Fatal Frame” series. All this should have you fully prepared for Halloween.

“Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko” is on sale for ¥6,600.

www.nintendo.co.jp/wiiu/al5j