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So the 3Ds XL. Is it for you? Is it a good gift for a family member of friend? Should I upgrade from the original 3Ds? These are all questions I will answer in this review!
To start off I will list the Items in the box. The 3Ds XL console, 1 Stylus, 1 SD card with a 4 gigabyte memory, A set of AR Cards.
First off, Here is the only negative. Unlike the original 3Ds, you don't get a charger or charging cradle included. This was an attempt by Nintendo to bring the cost of the unit. However, it does use the same charger as the original 3Ds and you can purchase one separately if you do require. A charger will cost you around £6 - £7 so it is not expensive.
Now on to the many, many positives.
The overall look of the console is sleek, modern and stylish. It comes in 3 different colours being silver, red and blue with a white model on the way. The system when opened id 15.5 cm wide and 17.3 cm tall. The buttons on the face of the system are sturdy at an easy reach no matter what size your hands are. The slider on the system has been improved also. It comfortable to use and has a better grip than the old model. also the "Start", "Home" and "select" buttons at the bottom on the bottom screen have been improved drastically. They are now real buttons and are more responsive than the one of the older model. The 3D slider is now stiff and more accurate.
The console sports 2 VGA cameras on the outside of the console and also 1 VGA camera. When taking pictures or videos with the outside cameras you have the option to view them in 3D.
The sound on the 3Ds is the best sound I have heard on a handheld console by any manufacturer. While playing The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, you can really hear the improvements over the older model and even the old N64 version of the game.
Graphically the system is just the same as the original 3Ds but due the the much larger screens you can see things a lot clearer. Looking at things from a distance in a game is a lot easier too and makes looking for collectibles less of a strain. Everything runs at a smooth 60 frames per second and there is no lag or frame skipping in games.
The online support from Nintendo is fantastic as it always has been. Nothing has changed online from the older one but why change what isn't broken,
All in all if you are looking to upgrade from the older system I would give you the thumbs up. A great system that lives up to the usual Nintendo seal of approval.
I wouldn't suggest upgrading until they are offering a model without the migraine inducing 3D etc. As a first time buy I can see why people might want the most 'up to date' but I upgraded my original chunky DS for the DSi and will stick with that until they come out with something substantially better.