New Nintendo 3DS XL Review


2015 brought the launch of the new Nintendo 3DS XL, one of Nintendo'€™s most eagerly anticipated releases to date. The 3DS XL doesn’' disappoint, with an improved processor proving more power and faster speeds than the standard 3DS.

With face tracking 3D software, the 3DS XL customises the 3D display for the best resolution for users.  It also plays all your 3DS games! A neat feature is the parental control function so that the 3D feature can be restricted (advisable for those under 6 years old).  Nintendo is the new face of portable gaming!

Features of the New Nintendo 3DS XL

  • 8.5 x 1.8 x 5.2 inches
  • Face tracking 3D software
  • C-stick for better controls
  • Faster processor than standard 3DS
  • Plays Nintendo DS and 3DS games

Is the New Nintendo 3DS XL Worth Buying?

The one issue that Nintendo really had to address with the New 3DS XL was that of the 3D imagery.  It was tiresome trying to play the 3DS and every time you moved your head slightly out of alignment you lost the 3D image.  Thankfully with the addition of face tracking software on the front camera adjusts the 3D image to match your viewing angle.  It is a huge step forward for Nintendo!

The C-stick, which is more of a nub than a stick, is a welcome addition.  Especially for those who are used to gaming on controllers.  The c-stick allows for greater control in many games, and was something that previous versions had lacked.  This is just one of a few design changes, including moving the cartridge slot to the bottom of the device alongside the stylus. What you'll notice the most is the improved processor power, allowing for smoother gameplay and quicker load times.

The downside? The New 3DS XL is lacking in the charger department. While it is nice that the New 3DS XL works with old chargers, it should be an absolute minimum that one is included with the device. This is the only downside we noticed.

You can believe the hype – theNew Nintendo 3DS XL really is worth the upgrade.

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1 Comment

  1. It’s awesome that they could resolve the 3D alignment issue with face-tracking technology. Nintendo really knows how to cater to their customer base! Thanks for this review!

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