Update: Check out our Nintendo 3Ds XL Review.
It wasn’t really a question of if, but when Nintendo would announce a bigger, more robust 3DS. After all, the upped the ante on the initial DSi by releasing a DSi XL. So it was only fitting that we should see a comparable upgrade for the current gen portable gaming system from the Japanese company.
That said, the 3DS XL is 90% bigger. The top screen now measures 4.88-inches, a 38% increase over the original size of 3.53. The same increase has been applied to the bottom screen, which now spans 4.18-inches – compare that to the original size of 3.02-inches. Nintendo, at least from our understanding, hasn’t said if the resolution has been bumped up in each respective screen, but odds are it will remain the same; the top screen boasting 800×240 pixels, and the bottom 320×240 pixels. Lastly, the battery life for the larger 3DS has been increased from 3-5 hours to 3.5 to 6 hours, though there is a firm chance you won’t even notice or care.
Other than that, it’s the same 3DS, sporting WiFi N, three cameras (two on the front for 3D photos and one on the inside.
The Nintendo 3DS XL will come in three colors (white, red/back, silver/black) and release in the US August 19th for $199.99. Japan and Europe get it July 28th.