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3DS XL vs 3DS

Nintendo has the habit of upgrading it handheld systems. It therefore comes as no surprise to any ardent follower to know that an upgrade of the 3DS console, the 3DS XL is now available.

This latest addition to the family does not upgrade the basics of the sequel; the system still features support for glasses-free 3D display. So what are the changes in this model as we compare the Nintendo 3DS vs. 3DS XL? Read on to discover.

Screen Size

This is perhaps the biggest selling point in this edition; the screen sizes being 90% larger than the sequel. What this simply means is that you get a better gaming experience with your screen display looking twice as large as that of the 3DS. One set back however is that the screen resolution still stays the same.


This edition has moved away from the glossy slippery finish of the sequel to a matte finish that seat firmly in your hands. In terms of changes to the system’s dimension there is not much difference to report. The newer system has a dimension of 134 x 74 x 21mm compared to the older dimension od 30 x 74 x 20mm.

Battery Life

The 3DS XL has a longer battery life than the 3DS. To power up those new screen displays, the newer console has a battery life of 3.5 – 6.5 hours compared to the 3 – 5 hours of its predecessor. In general you will find that your battery life depend on things like the brightness of the screens.

Storage Device

Also upgraded is the free SD drive that comes with the console. The size of the drive has been increased from 2GB to 4GB providing you with more hard drive space to store your downloaded games, pictures and audio files.


With a 90% increase in the viewing area comes a small increase in the weight of the console. The 3DS XL weighs an extra 3.5 ounces than the 3DS. However this should not affect the portability of the device.

The following are still the same:

Button Controls

You can expect to find your button controls just the same with a bit more spacing. There has been rumour about the possibility of Nintendo introducing a second circle analog pad but this has not been implemented in this upgrade possibly because it will affect the battery life span.

Game Lines

Backward compatibility is retained in this system meaning that your old favourite titles downloaded from the DSiware, 3DS-only eshop games as well as GBA titles all hold up well on the 3DS XL.


There are still three camera; two outward facing cameras and an inward facing camera.


In comparing 3DS XL vs 3DS, there is not much difference between the consoles. However the 3DS XL will certainly provide you a better gaming experience. So this is the verdict; do you already own a 3DS console and you are a die-hard fan? You should think about upgrading. If you don’t own one, it’s a no brainer, you should get one.

Read full review on the Nintendo 3DS Console here.

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