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What are the Differences Between Nintendo 3DS XL & 3DS?

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Published September 10th 2012
Just recently, Nintendo released their new 3DS XL platform.

Upon its releasing weeks, the console raked in flocks of customers into local EB Game stores, as they walked away with Nintendo's new upgrade of the 3DS.

You're probably wondering what's the difference? They're all the same, aren't they? You're probably also expecting me to say no it's not, but to tell you the truth, you're exactly right. With a few minor alterations in its control display, visual gaming display, size, accessories and memory capacity, it still serves as a 3DS but only bigger and moderately better.

Compared to the 3DS, it is much more larger. In the picture below, when measured up together, the 3DS is 135mm wide and 138mm tall. Compared to the 3DS XL, which is 155mm in width and 173mm tall, you can say there is an exceeding difference in size. The 3DS XL screen is measured at 4.88 inches diagonally, while the bottom is 4.18 inches. Compared to the 3DS screen, which it's top screen is measured to be 3.53 inches and it's bottom at 3.02 inches. Unfortunately due to it's size, it won't serve as a pocket storing console.

The 3DS XL is a lot more rounder and smoother in shape, compared to the 3DS which is a lot more squarer.

Equipped with a larger screen to give you a better visual gaming experience. The 3DS XL doesn't at all disappoint, as the quality is crisp and clear.


Not really a wowing factor, but the buttons have undergone some changes, well, not really, just that they're not coloured in. Apart from that, the only new feature is that the stylus position has changed to the side of the console rather than the back.


The new 1:1 Pixel Mode is a feature that allows the 3DS XL to define the game play of older titles from the DS,DSI,GBA ect. Giving you a better display of gameplay graphics, rather than a fuzzy, unclear play through.


Memory has upgraded by offering a 4gb memory card, replacing the 2gb card which came with the 3DS.


The 3DS XL battery life has extended its battery capacity from 3.5hrs 6.5, which the original only has a time range of 3-5 hours. Not really a major difference, but that extra hour and a half of game play could be useful.


The 3DS XL has also adapted onto to a Transfer System, allowing you to sync over save data from your old 3DS console, as well as other features you may have stored.

Apart from these minor upgrades, the 3DS XL is pretty much a 3DS but made bigger. The camera and 3DS XL capability is practically the same. It is disappointing to see that you'll be only buying a 3DSXL console just to realise it has the same potential as the 3DS, but with minor tweaks. But if you are amazed by the massive size difference and just want a bigger console, than you might want to get your hands on this nifty gadget, as it will give you a much bigger gaming experience.
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Why? 3DS XL offers a bigger gameing experience to enjoy
When: August, 2012
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Wish I had held off my 3DS purchase until the 3DSXL was released, looks far superior. The screen size was always an issue for me
by Jamie Briggs (score: 2|192) 2858 days ago
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