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Nintendo's extra large handheld bucks its predecessors' smaller, sleeker designs in light of a heftier frame and wider screen, but is it worth its equally sizable price tag -- especially with the newly announced 3DS on the horizon? When it comes to electronics, smaller is usually better. Everything, from refrigerators to hard drives, have gradually shrunk as time went on -- the two main benefits being increased efficiency and reduced cost. Think about the first computer: it literally filled an entire room and offered a fraction of the computing power found in current systems. Nintendo is an expert in the area of miniaturization, especially when it comes to their handhelds. They resized and shrunk the original Game Boy -- those of you who owned one remember what a chunky piece of plastic it was -- a whopping four times, and the Game Boy Advance eventually got retrofitted down to the ridiculously undersized (and appropriately named) Game Boy Micro. But Nintendo is bucking convention and going bigger with its new DSi XL -- something Apple is also doing with its impending release of the iPad. The larger screens seem like an immediate improvement, but the increase in weight and bulk are important considerations for gamers on the go.
As with a number of past Nintendo roll-outs (the easy majority of which turned out to be solid, popular products), some might see the new DSi XL as something of a head-scratcher: As its name makes plain, the DSi XL is an extra-large version of last year's DSi (in Japan, this new jumbo-DSi is called the 'LL,' referring to the Japanese plus-clothing-size designation—one that clothes-shopping visitors like myself have come to think of as 'something in this wonderful country that might possibly fit me'). The XL's most obvious asset—and, along with its selection of bundled titles, one of the prime indicators of what seems to be a strangely-conceived user-base—is found in its pair of 2.52 x 3.36-inch screens (a whopping 93% larger than those of the DS Lite). There isn't a compensatory change of resolution, but, surprisingly, games running on the bright, larger screens don't look particularly crunchy or blown-out, as one might expect. They just look...all the more pleasingly vivid (this particularly goes for environmentally-vibrant titles. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, for example, looks especially impressive).
We review the Nintendo DSi XL which offers 93 percent more screen area then the DS Lite and all the features of the DSi, but in a bigger package. If you subscribe to the belief that bigger is better, then you'll be plenty happy to wrap your hands around the new Nintendo DSi XL.As you might've guessed, the XL stands for “extra large” because Nintendo's new portable gaming system, which sells for $189.99, features two huge 4.2-inch screens, each 93 percent larger than those on the Nintendo DS Lite.With more than 125 million Nintendo DS units sold worldwide to date, which makes it the best-selling video game platform on the planet, why would Nintendo supersize the system now? According to Nintendo, gamers simply asked for bigger screens, plus the improved wider viewing angle means friends can better see the action or play together (for example, the upcoming Photo Dojo game lets two players battle together on the same machine).The regular Nintendo DS Lite ($129.99) and Nintendo DSi ($169.99) are still available, too, so consider the Nintendo DSi XL as a supplement, rather than a replacement, for Nintendo's older hardware.
There's no debating it, the Nintendo DS is by far the best-selling portable system ever released. With approximately 128 million units sold worldwide, no other gaming handheld comes close to the success of the franchise. Even the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), which is widely regarded as a commercial success, has only reached around 57 million in total sales. Last April, Nintendo released the DSi, the third iteration of the DS, which introduced two low-resolution cameras along with larger screens and an overall more robust and slim design over the DS Lite. In October 2009, news came of another refresh, a supersized version of the DSi with even larger screens. Though the huge screens have plenty of advantages, they also make the system less portable and blur some text-based games. At the end of the day, the DSi XL is exactly the same as the DSi, so unless you're desperate for more touch-screen real estate, or you're vision is impaired, we can't recommend buying one. If you've been waiting since the days of the DS "phat" to upgrade, we'd still encourage a DS Lite or DSi purchase. You may even want to wait for the forthcoming 3DS, the new 3D portable gaming system from Nintendo that offers 3D graphics without the need for glasses and will be backward compatible with DS games.
|Nintendo Utl S Zpa Usz Dsi Xl Handheld Console Metallic Rose||$139.99||See it|
|Nintendo DSi XL - Midnight Blue||$141.99||See it|
|Nintendo DSi XL System (Midnight Blue)||$141.99||See it|
|Nintendo DSi XL - Metallic Rose||$164.95||See it|
|DSi XL- Metallic Rose (UTLSZPA)||$189.99||See it|
|DSi XL- Metallic Rose (UTLSZPA)||$189.99||See it|
|Nintendo DSi XL Bronze||$194.68||See it|
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|Nintendo DSi XL Red Bundle with Mario Kart||$279.97||See it|
|Nintendo DSi XL - Midnight Blue Bundle with Mario vs Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem||$284.99||See it|
|Nintendo DSi XL - Metallic Rose Bundle with Mario vs Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem||$299.99||See it|