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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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Overall 8
7.9
Design 8
8.0
Performance 8
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Control 8
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Battery performance 7
7.0
Display 7
7.0
Software 7
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Speakers 5
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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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Overall 8
7.6

Nintendo 3DS XL review: bigger is better, but it's still not quite enough

Engadget
26 September 2012
  • Conclusion: If you've been holding off from buying a 3DS, the improvements to the screens and battery are enough to warrant a purchase, but some issues still remain.
  • 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
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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo 3DS XL

PC Magazine
8 August 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo 3DS XL

Trusted Reviews
16 November 2012
  • Summary: Does the 3DS get better when you go extra-large?
  • Pros: A more immersive big-screen experience, Makes 3D more effective and more practical, More comfortable than the original 3DS, Great games, and easy and fun to use
  • Cons: Big screen spoilt by low resolution, Battery life still not great
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Overall 8
8.0

REVIEW: Nintendo 3DS XL

Tech Digest
24 July 2012
  • Summary: Despite a handful of missed opportunities, the 3DS XL is still the superior version of Nintendo’s 3D-enabled handheld. It fits more comfortably in the hand, its 3D effect is more pronounced thanks the larger screens employed, battery life is improved and the whole unit is sturdier overall.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo 3DS XL review

Stuff.tv
18 July 2012
  • Summary: A non-essential, yet evolutionary upgrade that offers the best on-the-go 3D gaming experience in classic Nintendo style
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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo 3DS XL

Pocket Lint
10 July 2012
  • Conclusion: Handheld gaming devices are up in the air at the moment: the smartphone and tablet world has turned gaming on its head in recent years, while the release of the Playstation Vita had the potential to really shake things up.
  • Pros: Better battery life than original 3DS, large 4.88-inch screen, can be used as a 2D device, enough decent games now available, more affordable than original 3DS was at launch
  • Cons: No power charger included!, same resolution as 3DS, the 3D mode won’t be for everyone, is the age of the handheld console and pricey games challenged by smartphones and tablets?
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