Nintendo 3DS XL

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3DS XL is a larger version of Nintendo 3DS, much like Dsi XL was compared to the Dsi. The larger of the two screen displays measures 4.88 inches and can show 3D just like it's smaller sibling. Otherwise the specifications are quite similar. Released in july 2012. Close
3DS XL is a larger version of Nintendo 3DS, much like Dsi XL was compared to the Dsi. The larger of the two screen displays measures 4.88 inches and can show 3D just like it's sma... Read more
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  • Nintendo 3DS XL (Red)

    The Good:
    The Nintendo 3DS XL has a two big screens, tons of great games, feels sturdy, and is the most kid-friendly gaming platform currently available.

    The Bad:
    Battery life is fair but still not great; the graphics are starting to look dated compared to other game platforms, and the 3D is largely an afterthought; only one analog pad; downloaded game management still a huge headache.

    The Bottom Line:
    Three years in, the Nintendo 3DS handheld has become a seriously good game device -- especially for fans of Nintendo's classic gaming franchises -- and the XL is the one you should buy.

    Score details
    Overall: 8.0/10
    Design: 8.0/10
    Ecosystem: 8.0/10
    Features: 7.0/10
    Performance: 8.0/10
    Value: 8.0/10

    3 years ago
  • Nintendo 3DS XL

    The good:
    The 3DS XL increases the 3DS' screens by 90 percent. It's a much more ergonomically friendly device, and the 3D effects seem to be easier to see. The XL also feels much sturdier, and the battery life is definitely better than on the original 3DS.

    The bad:
    The XL still doesn't have a right circle pad. Its larger screens can cause some of the graphics to look a little pixelated and blurry. Transferring data from console to console is a bit tedious. The 3D effect is still very sensitive and easily becomes undone.

    The bottom line:
    The supersized Nintendo 3DS XL is a solid portable gaming device that's finally come into its own and should be the first and last 3DS you buy.

    4 years ago
  • Nintendo 3DS XL

    The good:
    The 3DS XL increases the 3DS' screens by 90 percent. It's a much more ergonomically friendly device, and the 3D effects seem to be easier to see. The XL also feels much sturdier, and the battery life is definitely better than on the original 3DS.

    The bad:
    The XL still doesn't have a right circle pad. Its larger screens can cause some of the graphics to look a little pixelated and blurry. Transferring data from console to console is a bit tedious. The 3D effect is still very sensitive and easily becomes undone.

    The bottom line:
    The supersized Nintendo 3DS XL is a solid portable gaming device that's finally come into its own and should be the first and last 3DS you buy.

    4 years ago
  • Nintendo 3DS XL review

    Plus

    • Better battery
    • Bigger screens
    • Comfortable 3D
    • Improved layout

    Minus

    • Lower pixel density
    • Only one circle pad
    • Less pretty

    Conclusion
    If you spend most of your day staring at the new iPad's gorgeous Retina Display - or even the rival PS Vita's glorious OLED screen - the 3DS XL's often stretched-looking screens may put you off a purchase.For existing 3DS owners looking for an upgrade there are plenty of reasons to trade in for the XL; it's more comfortable over long periods and increased battery life means it lasts for hours or even days in Street Pass sleep mode. Couple in a stylus you can actually reach and there are plenty of reasons - screens aside - to call the XL the definitive 3DS model.

    5 years ago
  • Nintendo 3DS XL: Big Screen, More Comfort

    Pros
    A more immersive big-screen experience
    Makes 3D more effective and more practical
    More comfortable than the original 3DS
    Great games, and easy and fun to use

    Cons
    Big screen spoilt by low resolution
    Battery life still not great

    Verdict
    The whole debate over dedicated gaming handhelds in a world of tablets and smartphones aside, the 3DS XL is a vast improvement over the original 3DS. It?s more comfortable to hold, the 3D effect works better on the larger screen, and games are that bit more immersive. However, these enhancements will cost you an extra £50, and the decision not to add a second analogue stick when the system could obviously do with one is ? frankly - bizarre. This is a better version of an already fine handheld with a good and growing line-up of software, but in some respects it?s still something of a missed opportunity. It?s the best 3DS so far, but maybe not the definitive version.

    5 years ago
  • No grade
    Nintendo 3DS XL

    Good

    • Bigger screen improves the 3D effect significantly
    • Improved battery life under some conditions
    • More comfortable to hold and use

    Bad

    • Digital content still lacking
    • No secondary analog stick
    • Not the most powerful of handheld hardware

    Bottom Line
    If you've been holding off from buying a 3DS, the improvements to the screens and battery are enough to warrant a purchase, but some issues still remain.

    5 years ago