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We all saw it coming. The original 3DS hadn't even been on the market for more than a few months when gamers everywhere were already predicting a revised version of the handheld. A few individuals such as myself were actually waiting for a new 3DS model. The Big N told us it wouldn't come anytime soon, and it marked down the price tag on the original. Oh, but Nintendo, you sly devil, I was on to your trickery from day one, so I, like many others, waited. Here we are just over a year since the launch of the 3DS, and the Mario company has released the 3DS XL. But is this $200 device worth buying? Should you opt out of buying the regular ol' 3DS and get this much larger version? Should you maybe upgrade to the 3DS XL if you already own the original? The answer is yes. The first thing worth mentioning is how comfortable the 3DS XL is. I had absolutely no cramping issues during my lengthy New Super Mario Bros. 2 sessions. The touchscreen works as well as ever, and the placement of the buttons, circle pad, and D-pad is great. Admittedly, it took me a short while to get used to the circle pad and D-pad positioning, but that's probably because I never gamed on the original 3DS all that much. After a few minutes, I was entirely accustomed to their placement.
I can't help but feel that the Nintendo 3DS XL was created for gamers like me. It's certainly not a free upgrade to Nintendo fans who have owned a 3DS since launch day, with some reluctantly convincing themselves to trade in their 3DS for (an unsatisfactory pittance at a retail store for) the 3DS XL. At any rate, it's about time this game critic made the jump from the regular DS world to the 3DS world, and now's as good a time as any. As the name implies, the 3DS XL's main selling point is the enlargement of the standard-sized screens for the regular 3DS, by 90% in fact, with a 4.88" top screen that comfortably rivals the Vita's 5" screen. The resolution, however, remains within the same ballpark and still creates moments where a user might notice the faint jagginess of the graphics. The 3DS XL by and large has a similar design to the 3DS with minor differences. The shell is no longer covered in plastic, instead coated with a blue or red matte texture that should prevent most fingerprints from appearing. The three buttons for Select, Home, and Start have been given separate tiles for a better feel, the non-telescoping stylus falls back to the right side, and the headphone jack has been scooted slightly over to the left away from the center.
Nintendo's 3DS XL offers a bigger screen and more ergonomic design than its predecessor, and it will only cost you the price of one game to upgrade.For the second time since its North American release on March 27, the Nintendo 3DS will undergo a significant change. The first of these changes occurred just four months after its release and saw the price drop from $250 to $170, a move that attracted a wave of new adopters, but also brought heavy criticism from those who paid full price.This time though, the change is not only welcome, it's a smart move. Early adopters are still going to be on the outside looking in, but the new Nintendo 3DS XL not only increases the appeal of Nintendo's system, it puts it in a better position to combat the PlayStation Vita. It only makes one obvious and significant change, but it is a big one. Pun intended.The Nintendo 3DS XL has a screen 90 percent bigger than the original model, now spanning nearly 4.9 inches diagonally. The internal workings remain identical, so refer to our Nintendo 3DS review for a more detailed look at the pros and cons of the hardware.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to see Nintendo launch a new 3DS revision less than 18 months after the original console — after all, the company waited almost exactly the same length of time before following up the DS with the DS Lite. Where that revision sought to slim down the DS to a sleeker, more portable form factor, however, the first 3DS upgrade goes in the opposite direction. The 3DS XL (or LL in Japan) is ostensibly identical to its predecessor in every way beyond a ballooning in size; its screens are around 90 percent larger than the 3DS', with the top 3D display jumping from 3.53 inches to 4.88 inches. Nintendo also promises that the increase in physical size will be accompanied by lengthened battery life. The portable gaming market has changed significantly since the original 3DS' launch, though, with the PS Vita offering far more powerful hardware, and even recent smartphones outstripping its capabilities. Hamstrung by the need to maintain a unified platform, Nintendo has also elected not to include hardware upgrades such as a second analog stick or a resolution boost for the screens. The 3DS has been performing well enough lately, but can a simple hardware redesign be enough for the traditional gaming giant to keep up?
Nintendo loves revising its handheld game systems—as opposed to sticking with one design for the life of the system. The Game Boy went through several iterations before it was replaced by the Game Boy Advance, which itself was upgraded to the Game Boy Advance SP. The Nintendo DS got a DLC-capable version in the DSi and a larger version with the DSi XL. Now it's the 3DS' turn, with the larger Nintendo 3DS XL. At $199.99 (list) it's pricier than the 3DS but less than the 3DS was at launch, and its larger and more attractive design justifies the extra cash. The 3DS XL is bigger. That's its main selling point and the main reason it's $30 more than the 3DS. It measures a full 3.6 by 6.2 inches (HW) and weighs 11.8 ounces, dwarfing the 2.9 by 5.3-inch 3DS and weighing more than even the DSi XL (but only by 0.7 ounces for the DSi XL and 3.5 ounces for the 3DS). At 0.8 inches, it's as thin as the original 3DS, so it's still a very jacket pocketable device. It uses the same 3DS game cards as the 3DS, and can also use any Nintendo DS game cards.
Like the Nintendo DSi in its time, the 3DS has now been outed in an XL version, with screens almost twice the size. It's also a good opportunity for Nintendo to re-launch its handheld console, which didn't exactly get off to a flying start—its price was heavily slashed less than five months after initial release. The new version could therefore win over new users, and maybe even tempt some owners of the first 3DS to upgrade. Faced with the Sony PlayStation Vita's 5" screen and smartphones that are increasingly bigger in size and increasingly geared up for gaming (4.7" screen for the HTC One X, 4.8" for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and even 5.3" for the Samsung Galaxy Note), Nintendo has decided to load its 3DS XL with screens of a similar size. The console's top screen (5:3 format) is 4.88" (12.4 cm) in size, while the bottom screen (4:3 format) measures 4.18" (10.6 cm). However, the screen resolution hasn't been upped—Nintendo therefore doesn't have to change the console's hardware and there'll be no impact on the way games are displayed. The top screen therefore keeps its 800 x 240 pixel resolution (400 x 240 per eye in 3D).
The UK release of the Nintendo 3DS last March didn't go as smoothly as the house of Mario might've hoped.A high 230 price point and a general lack of games post-release meant that many handheld gamers simply couldn't see a reason to upgrade from their existing DS systems.Now, a year on, and the 3DS is finally delivering on its promise of succeeding on the original Nintendo DS's high-profile legacy. Massive franchises such as Mario 3D Land, Resident Evil Revelations and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D have prop up a roster of solid core games, while a price reduction and rich digital offering further tempt the masses into stumping up for an upgrade.You can probably see then why - in the eyes of Nintendo at least - now's as good a time as any to release the first 3DS revision, the Nintendo 3DS XL. If you're in Europe, you'll be able to get your hands on the larger 3DS XL on the 28th of July. US and Japanese customers will have to wait a little bit longer: their launch date is the 19th of August.The 3DS XL price is under 200 in the UK and will be available in silver, blue and red variations.As expected the specifications are largely the same - except the device itself is larger.
Nintendo's released a jumbo version of its 3DS handheld, just as it did with its earlier DS system. While there's nothing particularly wrong with the 3DS, it hasn't proved especially popular, so Nintendo is hoping to give its no-glasses 3D console a shot in the arm with the 3DS XL. Has it succeeded or are you better off with the petite option? Let's start with the obvious -- the 3DS XL is much bigger than its predecessor. Happily, it's almost exactly as thick, though it measures just under 2cm taller than the regular 3DS. The 3DS XL is around 2cm taller and wider than the DS, but despite being super-sized, it's no fatter around the waiste. Although notably larger in terms of the space it takes up, the 3DS XL isn't much chunkier than the 3DS, which was slightly too large to comfortably fit in a pocket. As such, handbags, rucksacks and satchels are how you'll be transporting this gargantuan gaming gadget. Nintendo's taken the opportunity to bring the design of the 3DS XL into line with the upcoming Wii U. The previous pointy corners have been filed down, leaving the system looking rounded and smooth and making the 3DS XL comfortable to hold. There is one downside to the enlargement process though, and that's the console putting on a few pounds.
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