Nintendo 3DS XL review round-up in full: To upgrade or not to upgrade?
27th Jul 2012 | 08:34
In our Nintendo 3DS XL review we praised the redesigned handheld's "friendlier 3D, improved battery life" and "a stylus you can actually reach".
We've gathered more reviews and impressions of the
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- The Telegraph: No Score - Nintendo's update to their 3DS console isn't a revolution of form, but is more comfortable to use, sturdier and classier than its older brother,
- Tech Digest: 4/5 - "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. However, we're incredibly disappointed by Nintendo's decision to leave out a charger, and we can't help but pine for a second control stick."
- GamesCatalyst: B - The 3DS XL is an excellent piece of kit for those looking to breathe new life into their portfolio of 3DS titles, while that extra battery life certainly makes a difference on longer commutes.
- T3: 4/5 - The 3DS XL is a portable gaming professional with much to recommend about it, a whopping great screen and a decent raft of games being high among them. That said, upgrading from a 3DS to a 3DS XL would be a step too far, as, bar the screen, it's exactly the same product but bulkier and with blander styling.
- Eurogamer: No Score - It's difficult to brand the 3DS XL a dismal failure or a rousing success; yes, Nintendo could (and possibly should) have gone further with this revision, but by doing so it could have created a fractured 3DS market. In conclusion, this enlarged system is the clear choice if you've yet to dip your toe into the waters of glasses-free 3D gaming, but we're not entirely sure it offers enough benefits over the previous hardware model to justify the making the transition - which, thanks to Nintendo's lacklustre data transfer procedure, is quite painful.
- Wired: 7/10 - For first-time buyers of Nintendo's 3D experiment, the XL is definitely the way to go. For owners of the current model thinking of upgrading, ask yourself this: how often do you actually use your 3DS? And how much do you actually enjoy the 3D effect? If you answered "quite often" and "a reasonable amount", then it's worth considering the upgrade for sure. For everyone else, it might be safer to wait and see what Nintendo has over the horizon.
- TechRadar: 4/5 - If you spend most of your day staring at the new iPad's gorgeous Retina Display - or even the rival PS Vita's glorious OLED screen - the 3DS XL's often stretched-looking screens may put you off a purchase. For existing 3DS owners looking for an upgrade there are plenty of reasons to trade in for the XL; it's more comfortable over long periods and increased battery life means it lasts for hours or even days in Street Pass sleep mode. Couple in a stylus you can actually reach and there are plenty of reasons - screens aside - to call the XL the definitive 3DS model.
- Nintendo Life: No score - If you've struggled with the size of the 3DS and want something a little more comfortable, then Nintendo's new portable could be what you're looking for. Just don't expect a revolution - this is more of an evolution.
- Digital Spy: No score - The main benefits of the 3DS XL also have some trade-offs. The larger screens - which are a stunning increase when compared to the original - wield a much lower image quality, and the comfortable form factor and improved battery life means the device is noticeably heavier and larger.