Summary: Unless Nintendo has another revision up its sleeve, the New Nintendo 3DS XL is the definitive version of the company's long-running handheld console. The system's improved controls and extra-stable 3D display make playing 3DS games more enjoyable than ever, and its beefed-up processor makes it...
Pros: Handy new controls; Stable 3D display; Faster loading speeds; Supports amiibo toys
Cons: Screwed-in microSD slot; No charger included
Summary: Three years in, the Nintendo 3DS handheld has become a seriously good game device -- especially for fans of Nintendo's classic gaming franchises -- and the XL is the one you should buy.
Pros: The Nintendo 3DS XL has a two big screens, tons of great games, feels sturdy, and is the most kid-friendly gaming platform currently available.
Cons: Battery life is fair but still not great; the graphics are starting to look dated compared to other game platforms, and the 3D is largely an afterthought; only one analog pad; downloaded game management still a huge headache.
In Portable Gaming, Nintendo 3DS XL Proves Bigger Is Better
All Things Digital
25 October 2012
Excerpt: Bad news: My productivity went down — way down — this week. Good news: I’m getting pretty far in Super Mario Bros. 2. There’s a reason I don’t allow myself to keep a gaming console and videogames in my house, and I was reminded of that as I logged some serious hours with the Nintendo 3DS XL .
Excerpt: It shouldn't come as a surprise to see Nintendo launch a new 3DS revision less than 18 months after the original console — after all, the company waited almost exactly the same length of time before following up the DS with the DS Lite.
Conclusion: The Nintendo 3DS XL is a large, fun handheld with a big backwards-compatible game library and a bigger screen, but if you're upgrading from an original 3DS, you'll have to leave your downloaded games behind.
Pros: Big, beautiful screen. Solid build. Comfortable to hold.
Cons: Glasses-free 3D still has issues. System transfer process is convoluted.
Review: The bigger, better and much-improved Nintendo 3DS XL
12 September 2012
Conclusion: It’s kinda a toss-up to upgrade if you already own the original Nintendo 3DS, but I really think the bigger screens seal the deal. The Nintendo 3DS XL is an entirely new experience. And if you don’t have a 3DS yet, the XL is the one to get.
Pros: Great, big screens!, Better, sturdier, more attractive case, Better designed and relocated buttons, Better stylus placement, and better stylus, Better battery life!
Cons: Still got underpowered cameras, Lousier, weaker speakers, Still no second analog stick
Excerpt: We all saw it coming. The original 3DS hadn't even been on the market for more than a few months when gamers everywhere were already predicting a revised version of the handheld. A few individuals such as myself were actually waiting for a new 3DS model.
Conclusion: The 3DS XL is an improvement to the original Nintendo 3DS without question. The larger screen is much easier on your eyes, and the lower screen’s increased girth makes things like touch commands easier. The ergonomic redesign is also much easier on your hands, even with the overall increase in mass.
Pros: Much bigger 3D display, Larger touchscreen is easier to use, Better, more ergonomic design
Cons: Adding a right thumb stick would have made sense, $30 more than original 3DS, Software library is still weak
Excerpt: In early 2010, when Nintendo’s DSi handheld game machine was racking up record-breaking sales, the Kyoto gamemaker introduced an unexpected new model, the DSi XL . It was a classic example of Nintendo zigging where others zagged; as its competitors raced to make handheld gaming smaller and smaller,...
Pros: Colossal-size screens make old and new games look their best. Larger form factor and battery life make a more comfortable, convenient experience. Double the included memory.
Cons: Games still cost each. Still no account system. Still waiting for Nintendo to unleash the floodgates of cheap digital content instead of trickling out zero to three games a week.