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. The Big N told us it wouldn't come anytime soon, and it marked down the price tag on the original. Oh, but Nintendo, you sly devil, I was on to your trickery from day one, so I, like many others, waited.
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.
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: It's been a week since the Nintendo 3DS XL arrived in the Shacknews office. And I am absolutely in love with it. Yes, the XL is simply a larger version of the 3DS, but it's an upgrade that's entirely worthwhile. Perhaps the most striking aspect about the 3DS XL is that while the screens are much larger, the system does not feel significantly larger. No, it will not fit comfortably into your pants.
Excerpt: Though there hasn’t been any major news out of Nintendo from Comic-Con, the show has provided a chance for gamers to go hands on with the new Nintendo 3DS XL, with plenty of units scattered around the Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the Marriot hotel next door. Let me stress that I have been a longtime opponent of Nintendo’s handheld, confused by the wonky 3D graphic feature, embarrassingly small screen size, and lack of a second thumbstick.
Nintendo 3DS XL review: bigger is better, but it's still not quite enough
10 July 2012
Summary: After playing with the 3DS XL, we returned to the original only to find it difficult and awkward to use in comparison. The new size is an improvement in so many ways, including ergonomics and playability. The bigger screen makes 3D gaming less tiring, and offers a larger sweet spot for Nintendo's all-important gaming effect, while the curved edges simply fit your hands better. Competition remains tough, however.
Pros: Bigger screen improves the 3D effect significantly, Improved battery life under some conditions, More comfortable to hold and use
Cons: Digital content still lacking, No secondary analog stick, Not the most powerful of handheld hardware
Conclusion: However, if you already own a 3DS, the question that undoubtedly will come up may well be: is it really that different? If you shied away from that console, the other question could be: does it justify your consideration – and cash - now? On both counts, if you love portable gaming, the answer is a resounding yes.
Pros: Larger screen makes for greater immersiveness, Excellent build quality, Increased battery life, Reasonable price
Cons: Power cable not included, Still no integrated second analog stick
Review: Zelda - A Link Between Worlds is a wondrous whirlpool of nostalgia
17 August 2012
Summary: Zelda's latest 3DS title is in every sense a link to the past. Its world mirrors the 1991 SNES classic with the same scenery, a familiar top-down perspective, old foes and even sound effects that are tinged with nostalgia.
Pros: Nostalgic overworld with a new perspective, Among 2D Zelda's best dungeons & bosses, Brilliant use of 3D, Incredible soundtrack & presentation