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5.0 out of 5 stars Great system, but watch the pricing from 3rd party sellers ~, December 15, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue/Black with Mario Kart 7 Pre-Installed (Video Game)
Purchased 3ds XL Mario Kart Limited Edition version on Target.com for $199.99. Yep. With Mario Kart 7 pre-installed. Target also retails the 3ds XL for $199.99 normally (no games), and the other bundles for around $239.99.

Adding to the positive reviews for this system. I recently upgraded from my DSi XL, but will be keeping the DSi. Here's why: the backwards compatibility works fine. But the screens on this system have a tendency to distort the image. So the game looks like you're watching a video online, then blowing it up to a larger size than and getting the grain. It is okay, but playing side by side, it is VERY noticeable. So I will be playing only 3ds titles on the 3ds since the resolution is wonky.

The 3ds has a sliding 3d scale which can be toggled at any time. This was and is the most important feature to me. If I am getting eye strain, or if I'm playing a game and just don't need the 3d depth, I can lessen it or shut it off. Perfect!

Turning the system off is a bit different than the DS. You have to quit the game, then go to the menu, then hit okay to turn off system. No more of just holding the power button. Still, the games go into sleep mode if you just close the lid.

Battery life is good, but it takes a lot longer to charge than the DS did. Probably twice as long (judging by charging time on each when the low battery indicator comes on).

The volume is still on the side... yes you will still probably hit it with your hand when using the L trigger. Headphone jack still at the bottom (not a huge deal, but I like to lay down and rest the bottom of the system on my torso... can't with headphones in. The direction pad is lower, and in an odd place. Just a note for those not a fan of the analog circle pad.

In summary: It's not perfect, but it's pretty great. The titles being released are amazing. I went for the 3ds due to price and selection of quality games over the PS Vita.

Note: 3ds is ready to play out of the box (unlike PSP and PS Vita which require Sony memory sticks). The 3ds uses an SD card and comes with one already. And it has a charger, the same as the DS, so that's nice if you have DS charger already.

Also, the 3DS XL fits perfectly in my DSi XL pouch: Official Nintendo Travel Case for DSi and DSi XL - Wine. The blue is nice and it has a metallic look and is fingerprint resistant. Graphics are pretty amazing for most games, and though it has less impressive hardware than a Vita, I can't complain about the entire package. A great hand held system, even for someone like me who is not big into 3D.
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Initial post: Dec 25, 2012 3:39:24 PM PST
FYI; Amazon normally sells this at $200. BestBuy had the same console/bundle for $170.00, the Target deal wasn't a very good deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 11:24:40 AM PST
That's true, unfortunately those deals are now over. Therefore this is now the best deal out there. Also, all the Best Buys in my area are sold out of this bundle, as are the Targets.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 1:20:12 PM PST
I never actually saw an Amazon listing for this product. It was "Currently unavailable" for a long while, then once it released it was all 3rd party sellers. That's why I grabbed from Target instead. And the Best Buy bundles I looked at where 3DS and not 3DS XL. I researched quite a bit before pulling the trigger from Target instead (had to pay $7 shipping and wait over a week... so spoiled with Amazon Prime).

I do a lot of research before buying bigger purchases. It's why I bought my Nexus 7 from Staples and not direct from Google (shipping and sales tax Google? I live in Oregon for peet's sake! No sales tax). And Amazon never did put a 3DS XL into their holiday deals. But they did offer an amazing PS Vita deal.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 11:05:47 AM PST
Carlos Ruiz says:
If you hold start + select while loading a DS game, it will run the game in the 1:1 original resolution. This eliminates the distortion causes by the 3DS XL scaling. Just wanted to let you know so you could enjoy your DS games on your 3DS. (This tip only works on the 3DS XL).

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 9:21:01 AM PST
the target deal was $189 plus $18 in taxes and plus (10-15 shipping) equals just around what you pay here for free shipping with prime.. no better deals

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 8:49:58 AM PST
Actually, if you hold the power button (for about 3 to 5 seconds) the system will shut off, even if a game is playing.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 2:51:04 PM PDT
hi,
just wondering why is this 3DS XL Blue bundle with MK7 is so expensive now??
I bought this same Blue bundle with MK7 pre-installed Brand new on July last year, for only $205.
now the cheapest Brand new is, $235 up to $330++!
OMG! is this very limited color model now?? any sensible comments please?
thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2014 3:03:40 PM PDT
It's technically out of print or out of production. So the third party sellers have been marking it up higher, hoping that fans who really want this edition pay the higher premium. Check out the Zelda 3DS XL to see another highly marked up 3DS release.
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