Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue
Getting one for christmas!!
looks so amazing, I already have played it and know everything about and it totally blew me away. good job Nintendo, but I have a request. I want gta 5 to come to 3ds cause its for everything else but 3ds, so it would be nice if you made it.
A Great System!
I love the design. The system has many great features. My favorite is Swap-Note. The bumpers are big and not small like the other systems. The feel is amazing. There is no other feel close to it besides the 3ds XL which is $50+ the price of the 2DS.
Absolutely Amazing and Much Better
As far as the 3ds original and it's previous Nintendo handhelds, this one easily earns the title of being the best out of them all. The screen is so much bigger giving your gaming experience a whole new level. Imagine, a bigger screen for that 3D goodness and amazing level designs. As well as the buttons below, they're now actually buttons that click so you won't have to worry bout that problem anymore. The style of where the stylus, headphone jack, and it's 3DS style is now remodeled to really just feel good in your hands and not have any discomfort. The battery life is longer by I estimate about 2 hours and is a great upgrade. Fewer colors but still it's basic concept like the 3DS, but improved. Great job Nintendo!
I'm not a warranty type of guy, cause i liked saving cash, and I'm pretty responsible with my gaming systems. However i don't consider the 3DS XL to be as accident proof as its counterparts. I've had my DSi fly out of my pocket during a go kart race, as it tumbled down the tarmac im thinking well there goes my money. After examining it, it functioned like it never fell. My 3DS XL on the other hand, slides out of my pocket, falls a foot, and results in a cracked screen. My suggestion, is when the warranty is offered, take it, especially for the XL, its a system that wont disappoint, but currently im paying a $110 for a repair because i wanted to save 14 bucks. As a gamer to other gamers, i believe none of us want to lose money. So invest the 14 bucks, or at least in a case. lol
I recommend getting this.
The NIntendo 3DS XL has a waay bigger screen than the original and it's very improved. I recommend this to anybody who's interested in handheld consoles.
I originally had the DS, then the DS lite, then the DSi, and now I have finally purchased this 3DS XL. Over all I am very happy with this system. The bigger screen makes it easier to see for me which is nice. The amount of things you can do on this system alone is great and I have not even really broken in to my games yet. I started a few, but mostly I've browsed the Nintendo estore and I'm happy to have netflix on my system as a big netflix watcher. My only problem is how big it is, and I mean, I have really small hands so it becomes uncomfortable to hold after a while, but I can deal with that. It's just a minor annoyance when I'm really in to a game, but I take breaks at that point, let it sleep and then return later. Other than that, I'm really glad I made the investment. I'd had my DSi for quite some time so parting with it was a little hard, but well worth it for this large baby of a system. Plus you can still get the DSi ware I believe so I can get what few things I had on my DSi back on there I think, which wasn't really much. I recommend everyone get a 3DS XL. I only wish I had been able to get the yellow pikachu one, but this blue one is really nice. The finish on it makes it look incredible to me. The battery life is decent with the brightness on full along with the wireless connection on. I played games for at least about 4 hours give or take a few minutes on a full charge and I have not yet had to plug it up yet. I have however lowered the brightness and turned the wireless connectivity off to get more battery life. This is well worth the money if not for the SD card alone. I was prepared to find one of my own SD cards, so having one included was a nice bonus. It's even already installed in there for you so really you just charge it, power it up and you can start gaming right out of the box. It did take a little getting use to, going from my well played DSi to this new 3DS XL but I am again very happy with my purchase and look forward to putting it to use and through many games, especially the newest pokemon games coming out in October.
An old friend returns
When the first model of the DS came out I was young and always thought that it was neat. I even got to play it some times when my cousin brought it over but I never considered buying one. Later, when the DS Light came out, I was amazed at what a great system it was and badly wanted to own one. When I finally got one I instantly loved it. I have fond memories of the system, but as I grew older I wanted better gaming. I sold my DS Light to buy an Xbox 360. I never regretted this decision and have always had fun on my Xbox 360 and ignored all the other DS systems that were released. I thought that I would always stick with Microsoft because it's for older gamers and that Nintendo is for kids. I was wrong, after seeing the unavailing of the new Xbox One I decided that I needed another consol to turn to. Seeing the 3DS XL brought back fond memories of a system I used to own, so I decided to buy one, and I do not regret that decision either. I love the 3DS XL, it is definitely a system you want to own if you have always enjoyed the DS franchise.
Picked up the Blue/Black 3DS XL a couple days ago, and for the most part, I am pleased with the purchase.
A comprehensive evolution of recent handhelds.
The 3DS was the first actual step the handheld industry took since the introduction of the original DS. The DS lite was an improvement similar to that of the GBA sp (which added a backlight and closeable screen), because it sported greater portability by giving the system a sleeker, slimmer design, and adding a compartment for the stylus. The DSi system was a negligible addition, it boasted a camera, greater fragility, and a software update or two (DSi ware was really all there was). The DSi XL had no real improvements except a better niche for the stylus (for the head of the DSi stylus protruded from the provided space, unlike the previous system), and possibly a bit more durable.
But the 3DS added the first 3D aspect to handheld gaming, and a more impressive way of putting it was that it was the first gaming system to have self-sustained 3-Dimensional effects (with consoles you would need a 3D TV, which I am under the impression makes no real difference for the vast majority of games). The downfall of a self-sustained 3D system is that, since there is no form of ocular assistance (ie. glasses), the proper viewing window may be somewhat narrow, given the size of the screen and the way the effects are handled.
The 3DS XL's larger screens boast a larger "viewing window" for such 3D effects, and an purported increase in battery life (depending on 3D settings and most visible while the system is in a sort of "sleep-mode"). But all of this comes at the sacrifice to the system's portability.
Those are the only true improvements to the system itself, of course some people may find the larger systems more maneuverable, but as I, personally, have gotten older, I have not been met with any such issue with portable gaming systems (larger or smaller, both fit reasonably well and allow decent play), and as such it may seem that I severely downplay the aspect of a larger system. I feel that for those people for whom the system size (namely too small) is an issue will buy this item for that very reason, many others who have bought this system merely crave every new addition to the gaming franchise (some have a wider franchise base than others), others will think that the extra ~$20 will mean something so they pay it, very few take anything else into consideration when choosing the 3DS and the 3DS XL, and to be honest, those seem to be the only real reasons (unless you're a hardcore gamer and you'd love the extra battery life, but for most cases that niche will invest in portable chargers [car or USB port chargers] or get one of those "extra battery packs" for their system. All of these options being cheaper and more efficient).
To sum it up, it has a lot of improvements over the original 3DS, bigger and better screen, glare reduction, better battery, and the list goes on. The only con I have is that I can't fit it in my pocket, but because it's small enough to fit almost anywhere, you can take it almost everywhere you want, it was a vast improvement to the previous system I own, the DSi, it's a little heavier, but no less outstanding. For the price it's great, and if you haven't gotten a 3DS yet, I recommend it be this over the original, so that you can play any of the new 3DS games coming out, especially if you're a Pokemon fan looking forward to X & Y, or games like Monster Hunter 4 which will hopefully be coming out around X-mas or Q1 2014.