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- The New Nintendo 3DS XL system plays all Nintendo DS games. Nintendo DS games will not appear in 3D
- AC Adapter sold separately. New Nintendo 3DS XL uses the same AC adapter as Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS and 2DS.
- 3D Mode recommended for Ages 7+
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Face Tracking 3D & Faster Processing Power than Nintendo 3DS
Using the inner camera, face tracking 3D provides an improved 3D gaming experience from a wider range of viewing angles compared to Nintendo 3DS. The New Nintendo 3DS Xl system adjusts the 3D “sweet spot” based on the location of the user’s face.
Improved processing power allows for faster loading of applications, such as Miiverse and games. Plus the improved CPU performance allows you to enjoy faster speeds for downloading software.
Built in amiibo & NFC support and C Stick for Enhanced Controls
Enhance your compatible games with amiibo figures. Simply tap your amiibo on the touch screen and discover the power inside.
The C Stick opens a new world to your games. With certain games, you can freely control the in-game camera to get a new point of view.
|Plays 3D games||In 2D and face-tracking 3D||In 2D||In 2D|
|Compatible with Nintendo 3DS software||✓||✓||✓|
|Compatible with New Nintendo 3DS exclusive software||✓||✓|
|C stick and ZL/ZR buttons||✓||✓|
|Built in NFC reader||✓||✓|
|AC adapter included||✓||✓|
|Screen size||Upper: 4.88 inches (diagonal) Lower: 4.18 inches (diagonal)||Upper: 4.88 inches (diagonal) Lower: 4.18 inches (diagonal)||Upper: 3.53 inches (diagonal) Lower: 3.02 inches (diagonal)|
|Dimensions (open)||6.4 in. × 6.3 in. × 0.8 in.||6.4 in. × 6.3 in. × 0.8 in.||5 in. × 5.66 in. × 0.8 in.|
|Dimensions (folded)||3.7 in. × 6.3 in. x 0.8 in.||3.4 in. × 6.3 in. × 0.8 in.||N/A|
|Weight||Approx. 11.6 ounces||Approx. 9.2 ounces||Approx. 9.2 ounces|
THE NEXT DIMENSION IN ENTERTAINMENT The New Nintendo 3DS XL system combines next-generation portable gaming with super-stable 3D technology and added control features. Take 3D photos, connect with friends, and enhance your gaming experiences with added amiibo support. The New Nintendo 3DS XL system plays all Nintendo DS games. Nintendo DS games will not appear in 3D. AC Adapter sold separately. New Nintendo 3DS XL uses the same AC adapter as Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. 3D Mode recommended for Ages 7+
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First, the galaxy skin looks very nice. It has more of a metallic finish than seen in the product picture. The back of the 3DS is a dark purple color and the inside is dark blue. The ABYX buttons are colored like the original Super Famicon controller buttons.
All of the buttons have a nice press and click to them. They feel firmer than the original and have a slightly silkier finish. The clamshell screen has a firmer click and lock than the original.
Buttons and ports have been moved around. The stylus is now on the button right, the audio jack on the bottom while the charging port is on the top. The game port is on the lower left and the volume control is now on the left side of the upper screen, parallel with the 3D slider. The home button has been changed into an easier to press button, and the start/select buttons have been moved to directly under the ABYX buttons. Additional shoulder buttons and a pseudo-analog stick have also been added. I personally like the new layout better than the original.
The "super stable" 3D feature that tracks your head and automatically adjusts the 3D makes it quite a bit more pleasant and usable than the original, and I've found myself using it more often as a result. It doesn't seem to work very well in a dark environment however.
Overall, I'm quite happy with this model of the 3DS and would recommend it.
Immediately upon opening the Galaxy 3DS I fell in love with it. The exterior of the device is a deep purple, and has a metallic sheen to it. The stars/galaxy design really pops, and almost looks 3D in person. The galaxy design is glossy as opposed to the satin finish on the normal 3DS's. The top edge and interior of the 3DS is a dark blue that is very pleasing to the eyes (blue is my favorite color) and also hides fingerprints better than black. Another point is that the 3DS XL top screen is surrounded by a satin plastic, which is much better than the all glass top screen area of the 2DS XL. The 2DS XL is so reflective that it can be really difficult to see in environments with direct light. Overall the exterior design of the 3DS XL Galaxy is perfect in my eyes. It is much more mature than both 2DS designed, which are clearly kid-focused. I do wonder how the galaxy portion will hold up to normal wear however, but only time will tell.
Overall construction is very good. It's got a bit of weight to it, which gives it a substantial and quality feel. The buttons are crisp and responsive just like other 3DS models, and are much better than both 2DS models. The hinge on my unit was satisfyingly tight, it has no screen wobble at all. I am unsure if this is common among all New 3DS XL's though. The plastic used for the 3DS is very high quality and does not flex or creak at all when being used. Both 2DS's I owned had less sturdy plastic and would often creak when handled. The only issue I have with this system is the circle-pad, which just can't compete with a true joystick. Mine tends to feel a bit gritty sometimes, but I will add a bit of WD-40 to see if I can smooth it out.
The screens are beautiful compared to the 2DS screens, as expected. I don't really use the 3D feature, but it's cool that it is available. It's fun to see how different games look in 3D, but I really don't consider it a necessary feature.
The sound quality is also unbelievably better on the 3DS XL in comparison to both the 2DS and 2DS XL. The 2DS has the mono speaker that sounds like garbage no matter what. The 2DS XL is better, but still not up to par with the 3DS XL. I am a bit of an audiophile, so the sound quality issues with the other handhelds drove me nuts.
I did notice that the 2DS XL may have been slightly faster in terms of booting up games, but both systems blow the regular 2DS out of the water. So for me, the 3DS XL is still blazing fast compared to what I am used to. The stylus is actually usable on the 3DS XL, unlike the 2DS XL, although both styluses are inconveniently placed on the front of the handheld. I prefer the stylus to be located on the right side, under your hand.
Battery life seems to be on par with every other handheld from Nintendo I have used. No complaints here, but could always be better. An obvious huge downside to this model is the lack of an included AC adapter. This shouldn't even be allowed, and made it hard for me to purchase one simply on principle alone.
Speaking on ergonomics, I found the 3DS XL to be much more comfortable than both 2DS consoles. The regular 2DS just felt awkward to hold- the bottom corners jutted into my palms and the buttons were weirdly spaced. The 2DS XL was better, but I found that the overall smaller profile of the console meant the buttons were much more cramped together. They also spaced the c-stick further down, and therefore the ABXY buttons were further down as well. This made it difficult for me to find a comfortable hand position on the console. The 3DS XL is perfect for my larger hands, the controls are located exactly where they should be.
This is simply the best Nintendo handheld ever made. It is a well-built, solid feeling console with one of the most aesthetically pleasing exterior designs I have ever seen on a gaming console. The controls feel crisp and responsive, and the overall size make it very comfortable to hold in a variety of hand positions. I was pleased to find the hinge to be tight and no screen flop present on my 3DS as well.
This is an infinitely better handheld than the regular 2DS, which makes sense as they are trying to do two totally different things. The regular 2DS is a cheap way to access the DS and 3DS library of games. The 3DS XL is the best way to enjoy these games to their fullest potential, and an absolute joy to use.
When compared to the 2DS XL, there doesn't seem to be any good reason to choose the 2DS XL over this. There is only a $25 difference in price (on amazon at least) and the 3DS XL is so much better that I can't recommend anyone purchase the 2DS XL. In my opinion the 2DS XL needs to be $100-$125 to really be a compelling purchase (and maybe include a game too). The 3DS XL just feels so much nicer than the 2DS XL when compared directly. I am extremely happy I decided to return the 2DS XL and go with the 3DS XL, it's really that much better.