UPDATE: Welp, we've got an official comment from Nintendo on the 3DS Circle Pad front. You're not gonna like it though. As far as an XL-sized Circle Pad peripheral goes, all Nintendo's got for you is: "We have nothing to announce at this time." Here's hoping we hear something prior to that August 19 launch, since games that support the Circle Pad will be lacking when playing on the XL.
ORIGINAL POST: Much like the DS before it, Nintendo will be releasing a super-sized version of its 3DS handheld, the 3DS XL. The larger device sports bigger screens -- just under five inches for the 3D and slightly more than four inches for the touch screen -- as well as a beefier battery and a bundled 4GB SD card.
The 3DS XL will hit stores in North America on August 19, 2012 -- the same day as the newly confirmed New Super Mario Bros. 2 -- in two colors, blue and red. The whole package with the bundled SD card will cost you $199, $50 less than the original 3DS launch price. A power adapter will also be packed in, but only in North America; consumers in Europe and Japan will have to buy one separately.
Surprisingly, the larger device will not incorporate a Circle Pad Pro-like interface, the 3DS attachment that adds a second analog control to the right side of the device. We've reached out to Nintendo to see if there are any plans to support that functionality on the new XL with a larger version of the peripheral.