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Initial post: Dec 11, 2012 7:09:15 PM PST
I need some quick guidance.

I am buying a game unit for my Godchild and he LOVES Mario. He will soon be six years old. Is the Nintendo 3DS a good choice (I found a good price) or should I get the 3DS XL? Or, is there another game unit I should consider?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 7:14:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 7:15:16 PM PST
ice grizzly says:
XL is much better.

XL + Mario kart and $40 off

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 7:15:32 PM PST
XL all the way. It is a much better version.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 7:29:58 PM PST
Caleez says:
The XL is much better than the original, but I believe you should get a regular one. The XL is quite heavy for small children.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 7:33:01 PM PST
Just my opinion as a health-care professional, but I believe, at his age, it's pertinent to protect his vision from being damaged early, therefore, it wouldn't be a great idea to get him a close-up 3D-image creator (even if there is a slider to turn it off) at that age.

If you had to get one, however, get him a DSi XL instead. But out of those two, and if he doesn't already have a 3DS like you mentioned, 3DS XL is worth it. But if he does have a 3DS already, skip it. Don't mind to butt in, health-wise, it's just a suggestion. The slider on the 3DS is easy to slide, just so you know.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 7:36:18 PM PST
Mom2TwinsJ&Z says:
I just got the XLs for my boys' birthday on 12/31 - they will be 7. The XL says don't let children under 7 use the 3D feature, if you get it make sure to keep that feature off for the first year. The XL is superior in several ways to the 3DS and I imagine the 3D feature should be kept off on the smaller version as well. If that bothers you, you can always get a DS XL or DSi - though I don't know if you can still buy them new - I guess you can?? Still very nice systems, and he is young enough, he won't know the difference. You can get the Mario games for those as well.

I know how the love of Mario goes, that is why my twins are getting Nintendo systems too. We are an Xbox 360 household, but they do love Mario so - they can play on their handhelds at least.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 7:37:29 PM PST
Nothing wrong with being a dual-brand enthusiast family ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 8:07:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 8:11:35 PM PST
Shevi says:
I bought a pre-owned 3DS this week from GameStop for $119 plus tax--that's $100 less than the cheapest 3DS XL here. It's the lowest price I've seen. I understand the 3DS XL is great, but it costs a lot more. I'd get the used console with the Mario game. It comes in a sealed package and looks just as good as a new unit, so I doubt it would bother a six year old.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 8:14:14 PM PST
ice grizzly says:
Brand new XL + Mario kart for $160 in best buy is cheaper.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 8:25:31 PM PST
XL is the best deal around now.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 8:27:03 PM PST
Thank you everybody! The XL it is!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 11:50:41 AM PST
Mom2TwinsJ&Z says:
Hey - thanks for the heads up on this - what a great price! I was able to get Walmart to price match and got $87 back on my previous purchase! :)
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