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Nintendo 3DS XL

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25 editorial reviews
When everyone already has a smartphone, what good is a portable game console? Figuring that out is one of the toughest challenges for traditional game makers right now. Nintendo’s answer is the simplest and best so far: just make it nothing like a smartphone. That’s worked so far. But the...Read more
We've been playing with Nintendo's supersized 3DS XL. Here's just about everything you need to know.Read more
Nintendo's 3DS XL charmed us no end when we first saw it, but having spent more time with it of late, we found the console to be even better than we remembered.Read more
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Pros

  • more powerful hardware is having a strong beneficial impact on the software
  • faster and smoother than in previous models
  • feels and performs markedly better than its predecessor
  • improved 3D effect comes pretty close
  • Nintendo 3DS XL was packaged very nicely

Cons

  • extremely large screens
  • Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS XL Pikachu
  • Utilities Home Internet Home Security Kitchen
  • Nintendo 3DS does count as a hardware upgrade
  • a 3DS is not an iPad

Key specs

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  • 2 GB
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  • LED
  • 4.85 in
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Nintendo 3DS XL - Pros and Cons

Nintendo 3DS XL

Pros

  • more powerful hardware is having a strong beneficial impact on the software
  • faster and smoother than in previous models
  • feels and performs markedly better than its predecessor
  • improved 3D effect comes pretty close
  • Nintendo 3DS XL was packaged very nicely
  • improved drastically with new features and visual effects
  • All buttons feel responsive with the right amount of spring
  • XL actually feels skinnier and far more comfortable than its predecessor
  • accessibility
  • fun and scope
  • new ways of thinking

Cons

  • extremely large screens
  • Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS XL Pikachu
  • Utilities Home Internet Home Security Kitchen
  • Nintendo 3DS does count as a hardware upgrade
  • a 3DS is not an iPad
  • Nintendo 3DS XL
  • Nintendo 3DS XL seem largely unnecessary
  • the decision is a bit more complicated
  • the slot is concealed beneath a removable back plate
  • is disappointing is battery life
  • the old Circle Pad Pro accessory unnecessary

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Nintendo 3DS XL Full Specifications

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Technical

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266.0 MHz
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ARM11
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PICA200
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200.0 MHz
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128MB
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Display

LED
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4.85 in
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16:10
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800 x 240 px
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16.78 million colours
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Resistive
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4.18 in
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320 x 240 px
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Camera

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0.3 Mpx
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Dimensions

3.66 in
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0.63 in
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3.66 in
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3.28 oz
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Design

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Storage

2 GB
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4.0 GB
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Audio

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Image

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Features

Game
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Super Mario 3D Land
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Connectivity

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  • 802.11b
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2.0
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3.5 mm
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Network

Nintendo eShop
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Power

8.0 h
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Lithium-Ion
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1750.0 mAh
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3.5 h
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Nintendo 3DS XL Editorial Reviews (25)

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Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL Review: Bigger Screen, Better 3D, Still Clumsy
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Gizmodo Australia
Published: 19.09.2012
Nintendo 3DS XL Review: Bigger Screen, Better 3D, Still Clumsy

When everyone already has a smartphone, what good is a portable game console? Figuring that out is one of the toughest challenges for traditional game makers right now. Nintendo’s answer is the simplest and best so far: just make it nothing like a smartphone. That’s worked so far. But the...

Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL review - An idiot’s guide to the 3DS XL
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Critical Hit
Published: 25.07.2012
Nintendo 3DS XL review - An idiot’s guide to the 3DS XL

We've been playing with Nintendo's supersized 3DS XL. Here's just about everything you need to know.

Nintendo 3DS XL Review: Nintendo 3DS XL
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techsmart.co.za
Review: Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo's 3DS XL charmed us no end when we first saw it, but having spent more time with it of late, we found the console to be even better than we remembered.

Nintendo 3DS XL Review: The 3DS XL
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Destructoid
Review: The 3DS XL

The idea of an

Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL Review
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SlashGear
Published: 01.08.2012
Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Reviewing a product like the Nintendo 3DS XL is a strange affair. The mobile gaming market has changed dramatically over the last several years thanks to the advent of iOS and Android, both offerin…

Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL Review - Review
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Nintendo World Report
Nintendo 3DS XL Review - Review
Nintendo 3DS XL Review: Nintendo 3DS XL
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WIRED
Published: 15.08.2012
Review: Nintendo 3DS XL
4.5

Nintendo's 3DS XL -- a larger version of its handheld gaming machine -- doesn't just need to supplement the existing 3DS, it needs to redefine the platform. And it might just do that.

Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL Review | Handheld Gaming Console | Digital Trends
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Digital Trends
Published: 17.08.2012
Nintendo 3DS XL Review | Handheld Gaming Console | Digital Trends

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.

Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL Review: Bigger Screen, Better 3D, Still Kinda Clumsy
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Gizmodo
Published: 18.09.2012
Nintendo 3DS XL Review: Bigger Screen, Better 3D, Still Kinda Clumsy

When everyone's already got a smartphone in a pocket, what good is a portable game console? Figuring that out is one of the toughest challenges for traditional game makers right now.

Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL review
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The Verge
Published: 01.10.2012
Nintendo 3DS XL review

In a market under threat, Nintendo attempts to prove size does matter