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The Nintendo 3DS Game Console is Getting Bigger, Meet the 3DS XL

June 22nd, 2012 · 5 Comments · General 3D News


Can you say if bigger is better for stereo 3D? Well, Nintendo apparently thinks so as they have introduced a new bigger version of the Nintendo 3DS portable game console – the Nintendo 3DS XL (will be called Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan). What is new is the larger size of the displays that comes with the increased size of the console, improved battery life and a bundled 4GB SD card. The top screen will be 4.88-inches and the bottom one will be 4.18-inches or roughly 90 percent bigger than on 3DS, the battery will last 3.5 to 6.5 hours while playing 3DS games (as compared to 3 to 5 hours with the 3DS). What is not yet clear is if the new console will only have a larger screen with the same resolution, or the resolution will also be increased. Most likely however there will be no change in the resolution as the 3DS XL will be fully backwards compatible with the 3DS games, so it will be more of a size change only.


The New Nintendo 3DS XL portable game console will be out in Japan and Europe on July 28 and a bit later in North America, on August 19 with a price of US$199.99. Initially the new console will be available in Black, Black and Blue, and Black and Red. So what do you think about the new Ninendo 3DS XL, is bigger the better in this case?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Drew // Jun 22, 2012 at 19:21

    Does a larger screen give a wider head/eye range? Better at handling hand and head movements with 3D on…?
    This will be great for 3D videos!

  • 2 HCForde // Jun 22, 2012 at 20:36

    A larger screen will always be better for 3D. I was wondering just after the initial introduction of the 3DS why they did not make it the same size as the 3DXL. They would have gotten better response I believe.

  • 3 Daniel Stange // Jun 23, 2012 at 00:41

    As much as I wanted to like the 3DS I found the system to be uncomfortable to hold and the D-pad was in such an awkward place it could only be used for menu selection at best. The lack of a second analog stick was also a deterrent as camera control is an issue without one (and the attachable analog nub is not something i’m willing to use). If this larger system is more comfortable (most likely) than that is a pretty big plus but without a second analog stick I feel that it may be unable to produce the kind of experiences I would like to have with a portable console.

    I’ve found the Vita to be more comfortable to hold with the D-pad and analog stick in a nice spot. It has more games I desire to play because the extra horse power produces more intricate games like gravity rush, and the second analog stick makes them possible. The gyro controls are also important for precise aiming which you can’t really use all that much with the 3DS without breaking the 3D. Also I don’t have to carry separate game cartridges since games can all be bought digitally and are cheaper if bought that way. And finally the systems OS is more powerful, if i want to download a podcast with the system I can, I can listen to that podcast while I game and still hear the games sound effects.

    You guys are interested in 3D though, and that’s cool, I liked the 3DS but I think if you have the extra cash the Vita is the more compelling system despite the lack of 3D. I still get my 3D fix from my PC, where the resolution is in 1080P.

  • 4 Oscar Nizero // Jun 23, 2012 at 02:48

    Definetely! I’ll be getting one the day of launch. Alter getting used to the DSi XL I found the 3DS tiny and uncomfortable. Now it’s better, and my eyesight is not as it used to be…

  • 5 Roux Christian // Jun 28, 2012 at 14:27

    Hi everyone,
    Just to say I’ve published more than 4000 nice and original pictures for 3DS (mpo files) on

    www . christian-roux . ch / 3d (remove spaces).

    The files are for all mpo-compatible devices
    Have fun

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