When you first pick up Nintendo’s 3DS XL, you’ll immediately understand why the company insisted on making the machine larger. The original 3DS was a sound product, but nothing about it screamed for attention. The 3D aspect was a huge gimmick (it still is) and it seemed just a little to familiar to the insanely popular DS. So, I mean, this one is just larger, right? Correct, but it’s an entirely new experience thanks to its increased size, and breathes new life into Nintendo’s portable brand. And while its ultimately incremental in nature, it’s hard to argue the $200 price tag for what you get. The 90 percent increase in size adds a negligible amount of weight, and you get (as a result of the size) a bigger battery that’ll last through most long flights or car rides. If games like New Super Mario Bros. 2 are on your radar, and you don’t yet own a Nintendo portable, the 3DS XL definitely looks like the one to get.

Nintendo 3DS XL Specs:

  • Release Date: Available
  • Price: $199.99
  • Dimensions: 3.66 x 6.14 x 0.87-inches
  • Weight: 11.84 ounces
  • Display: 4.88-inch (800 x 320); 4.18-inch (320 x 240)
  • Battery: 1750 mAh (3-6 hours)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM 11
  • RAM: 128 MB
  • Internal Storage: 2 GB (Includes 4 GB SD Card)
  • Notes: Wi-Fi only; comes in red and blue
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