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Nintendo 3DS XL vs Nintendo DS

0.63 in
3.66 in
Nintendo 3DS XL Portable Game Console
Nintendo 3DS XL
5.85 in
3.33 in
Nintendo DS Portable Game Console
Nintendo DS
Available colors
Editiorial reviews
39
4.1 out of 5
12 user ratings
5 stars
25 %
4 stars
75 %
3 stars
0 %
2 stars
0 %
1 stars
0 %
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25
3.9 out of 5
11 user ratings
5 stars
9 %
4 stars
81 %
3 stars
9 %
2 stars
0 %
1 stars
0 %
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User rating
53
4.3 out of 5
53 user ratings
5 stars
50 %
4 stars
32 %
3 stars
11 %
2 stars
3 %
1 stars
1 %
48
4.2 out of 5
48 user ratings
5 stars
47 %
4 stars
27 %
3 stars
25 %
2 stars
0 %
1 stars
0 %

Full Comparison

Technical details

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
CPU cores21
CPU clock speed266.0 MHz67.0 MHz
CPU typeARM11ARM
Ram memory128MB4MB

Display

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Screen size4.85 in3.0 in
Screen resolution800 x 240 px256 x 192 px
Number of colours16.78 million colours262144 colours
Touch displayyesyes
Second displayyesyes
Second screen size4.18 in3.0 in
Second display resolution320 x 240 px256 x 192 px

Camera

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Built-in camerayesyes

Dimensions

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Height3.66 in3.33 in
Width0.63 in5.85 in
Depth3.66 in1.14 in
Weight3.28 oz9.7 oz

Design

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Colour of product
  • Black
  • Black,Blue
  • Black,Grey
  • Black,Red
  • Black,Silver
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Pink,White
  • White
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Silver
Built-in touchpadnono
Gaming control technologyAnalogue / DigitalAnalogue / Digital
Gaming control function keys
  • D-pad
  • Home
  • Power
  • Select
  • Start
  • D-pad
  • Home
  • Power
  • Select
  • Start
Shoulder buttonsyesyes
LED indicatorsYY

Storage

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Internal storage2 GB4 MB
Memory card readeryesyes
Type of mediaMemory cardMemory card
Compatible memory cards
  • Secure Digital
  • Secure Digital HC
  • Secure Digital
  • Secure Digital HC
Built-in hard drivenono
Built-in optical drivenono

Audio properties

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Supported audio files
  • AAC
  • MP3
MP3
Built-in speakersyesyes
Number of built-in speakers22

Features

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Multiplayer supportyesyes
Backward compatibilityyesyes
Video game includednoyes
Games includedSuper Mario 3D Land1
Stylus penyesyes

Connectivity

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
WiFinoyes
Wireless networking standard
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
USByesyes
USB version2.02.0
GPRSnono
Bluetoothnono
DC-in jackyesyes
Microphone inyesyes
Headphone connectivity3.5 mm3.5 mm
Headphone output11
3G (UMTS)nono
Built-in navigation systemnono

Power

Nintendo 3DS XLNintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo DSNintendo DS
Battery life (running)8.0 h10.0 h
Battery life (max)10.0 h10.0 h
Battery type
Lithium-Ion
Lithium-Ion
Battery capacity1750.0 mAh850.0 mAh
Number of batteries required11

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