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Nintendo 3DS XL
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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 ( Red)

CNET
21 September 2012
  • 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

PC Magazine
22 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 Review – Bigger is better

IncGamers
9 August 2012
  • Summary: Bigger screen, weightier feel and curved lines mean the 3DS XL is an improvement over the original 3DS. Still needs a second analog stick.
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Overall 8
7.6

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

Engadget
10 July 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

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
Gameplay 10
10
Lifespan 8
8.0
Playability 10
10

Review: Nintendo 3DS XL

N-Europe
19 July 2012
  • Conclusion: Smoother, sleeker and more pleasing in the hands. Nintendo has done a good job of tweaking the Nintendo 3DS.
  • Pros: Fits nicely in your hands, Visually more pleasing than the 3DS, Bigger screen offers a noticeable improvement
  • Cons: Not compatible with Circle Pad Pro, Charger sold separately
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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo 3DS XL review

Stuff.tv
18 July 2012
  • Conclusion: Perhaps as expected, the 3DS XL is an evolutionary step rather than a revolutionary one, and while there's no denying the benefits offered by the larger screens in providing a more immersive and enjoyable gaming experience, the lower resolution makes its success a rather qualified one.
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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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Overall 8
8.0

Nintendo 3DS XL

Trusted Reviews
9 July 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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