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Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Nintendo 3DS XL
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Price: $199.99
Release Date: August 19, 2012

Box Description:
The Nintendo 3DS XL system combines next-generation portable gaming with eye-popping 3D visuals-without the need for special glasses. Take 3D photos, connect to friends, other players, or wireless hotspots with the wireless StreetPass TM and SpotPass TM communication modes. From games to photos and beyond, Nintendo 3DS XL is the ultimate 3D entertainment system.”

What is it?
The Nintendo 3DS XL is the redesigned version of the original Nintendo 3DS. The most notable Changes are the Gigantic Screens.

Are the screens really that big?
Well, yes they are… I you set it side by side to the original your will see vast differences in screen size.

So increasing the screens to massive proportions means that it is bulky as hell…?
Kind of, but surprisingly it not as big as you think. It is roughly the side of the original Nintendo DS, but thinner.

What about 3D… Does it work?
The effect actually varies from person to person, (some people just can’t see 3D) and game to game. In my experience I could barely see it on the original. On the XL it is a lot easier to see, this is probably because the screen is so much bigger.

In The Box:
-          Nintendo 3DS XL System
-          Charger (this is not in the UK Versions)
-          6 AR Cards
-          Operation Manual
-          Quick Start Guides
-          1 Stylus
-          Club Nintendo Registration Pin

-          3 Cameras: 2 in the back for taking 3D pictures and video and, 1 in the front for well self-portraits. The cameras are 0.3 megapixels.
-          Activity Log: This allows users to track how they use 3DS.
-          Pedometer: Tracks how many steps you take it also rewards you with coins that you can use in the Club Nintendo Reward Program.
-          Augmented Reality: Basically but scanning the QR coded cards with the 3DS will allow you to interact with 3D rendered games / characters.
-          Backwards compatible with DS and DSI software
-          SpotPass and StreetPass: These features basically allow your 3DS to communicate with other devices while in sleep mode, to receive info demos, videos, and much more.
-          Internet Browser: Allows you to browse the internet
-          Netflix
-          Miis: Miis are personal avatars that first made an appearance on the Nintendo Wii. They work basically the same way here.
-          Nintendo Network: you can say goodbye to friends codes (well not really, you still have one but that is all you need.) cause now you can just add your friends once and play across any multiplayer game.
-          Nintendo eShop: basically 3DS version of a Game and App Store.
-          Swapnote: Think of a advanced version of Pictochat

-          Powerful Hardware that produce decent graphics
-          Gigantic Screens
-          Takes decent Pictures (in daylight) even considering the terrible megapixel count
-          Battery life I better than the original
-          Price was about right
-          Simple UI
-          Augmented Reality is cool
-          Build Quality
-          Looks what better than the original
-          Backwards Compatible

-          Nintendo didn’t up the resolution in the screens
-          No charging dock like you get in the original
-          Noise that the D-Pad makes (demo it in a Video)
-          NDS Wi-Fi connection doesn’t support WPA2-PK (more of a NDS con but they should automatically transfer you settings over…)
-          Wii points don’t transfer for some reason
-          Brightness levels are a little underwhelming
-          Still one analog stick (there is an add-on though)

My thoughts:
I was always weary of buying a 3DS specially that Nintendo as a track record of redesigning their handhelds like every 12-24 months. Also I didn’t like the original design of the 3DS, it had like 4 shades of colors and it was very boxy. I did pick up the Limited edition Legend of Zelda OOT: 3D edition one but soon after sold it to the highest bidder. So I was once again 3DS less. Then they announced the Redesigned XL version and I was all for it, though I did hold off a bit till there was enough games that I wanted for were already released. To make a long story short I am very satisfied with my purchase. I hope in the future they add more features like YouTube, Flash enabled browser, and the ability to add your own personal media to it.

Design: 4.5
Features: 4.5
Price: 4
Battery Life: 4
Amazon Rating: 4.5

21.5 / 25



  1. I was tempted to get the original but it shocking how the screen size differs... Main reason why i opted for this one.


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