Nintendo 3DS XL Review: One Change that Made the First Portable 3D Console Playable in 3D

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6 Comments to Nintendo 3DS XL Review: One Change that Made the First Portable 3D Console Playable in 3D

  1. 3DS XL is 200 dollars. The design is meant for gaming.

    The author put in as a comparison a phone. This device is not a phone, in the end to get the full use of that phone you will spend a thousand or so dollars on it’s service.

    The Ipad will become more obsolete every year past, the ds games still last back to the phat version of the DS. Can you say the same with the non-supported IPad 1?

    You end up paying 600 dollars for a device that has a high ratio of damaged screens and is limited hardware. The games found on it are simple games created by devs at home in a group of 2 or 3 who sell for 99 cents that is meant to be played here and there.

    The DS is a gaming system.

    It’s like comparing apples to oranges.

    • I was going to say the exact same things. I can understand why the author compared it to devices that co-exist, but the author forgets that first and foremost the 3DS XL is a gaming unit with additional functions only meant to enhance gaming, not serve as standalone functions (camera, video recording, web browsing, et cetera).

      I can’t even count the number of inaccuracies throughout the article, so I’m just going to let it go. I was looking for articles which reviewed the 3DS XL in comparison to the original 3DS to determine if I should upgrade my flawed unit to an XL, not find a review which compares the XL to iOS and Android devices.

      When I saw the Venturebeat website on the iPad placed behind the 3DS at the conclusion I mistakenly thought this was a VB feature and almost unsubscribed from VB until I saw that the site was GR. Whew!

  2. I’m looking to buy a DS system for my first-grader for Christmas. Am I better off getting him the DSi XL or the 3DS XL? I’m concerned about eyestrain and pocketbookstrain :)

    • James Pikover

      I would definitely recommend the 3DS XL because it can play 3DS games and DS games, while the DSi can only play DS games. This will open up several hundred more games in the available library, though it will be a bit pricier.

  3. you can actually record video on the 3DS and the 3DS XL. Also, both can record and play 2D AND fully 3D videos. Ive made loads. tge specs are wrong on your list.

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