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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo 3DS XL ( Red)

CNET
21 February 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo 3DS XL

CNET
21 February 2014
  • 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.
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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 .
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Overall 8
7.9
Design 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0
Control 8
8.0
Battery performance 7
7.0
Display 7
7.0
Software 7
7.0
Speakers 5
5.0

Nintendo 3DS XL review

theverge.com
1 October 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Digitaltrends
1 October 2012
  • 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.
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Review: The bigger, better and much-improved Nintendo 3DS XL

Technoodling
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
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Overall 9
9.0

Nintendo 3DS XL review

GameZone
26 August 2012
  • Conclusion: For a bunch of indie game and burrito talk, follow @thesanchezdavid on Twitter.
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Overall 9
9.0

Review: Nintendo 3DS XL

Wired
15 August 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 9
9.0

Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo World Report
13 August 2012
  • Summary: Old 'n' busted; new hotness
  • Pros: Better designed; better built, It's huge!, Matte finish is great, Seats five, System transfer is a cinch
  • Cons: New stylus is a disappointment, SD card door is a liability, Swapnote and photos take a hit
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Overall 10
10

Hardware Review - Nintendo 3DS XL

Game.ie
13 August 2012
  • Summary: Following Nintendo’s announcement that the 3DS would be receiving an extra large upgrade back in June of this year, there had been much speculation about just what the 3DS XL would offer to newcomers and owners of the original 3DS system alike.
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