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Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4284 reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and design. The price and size also get good comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 147 user reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012) from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Reviewers are impressed by the game selection and usability. The price and design are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability and size. Views are divided on the portability.

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95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS)The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS)

Aug, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 522 user reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012) from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Reviews about the reliability and price are generally positive. The portability and size are also mentioned favorably.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue/BlackNintendo 3DS XL - Blue/Black

Aug, 2018

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Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro review: just like the original, but bigger


The 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro gives you an extra analog stick when you need it, but its poor design can be frustrating.

Gives the 3DS XL dual-analog controls ; Comfortable ; Easy to use

Blocks game card slot, WiFi and stylus ; Requires AAA battery ; Extremely bulky

In the end, the 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro is little more than a larger, slightly more comfortable version of its predecessor. It's a niche device designed only to work with a handful of games. It doesn't improve on the old design in any significant...

May, 2013

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Expert review by : Ryan Fleming (

Nintendo 3DS XL Review


For those of you on the fence about a 3DS, the larger display of the 3DS XL should be enough to convince you to take the plunge.

Much bigger 3D display ; Larger touchscreen is easier to use ; Better, more ergonomic design

Adding a right thumb stick would have made sense ; $30 more than original 3DS ; Software library is still weak

The 3DS XL is an improvement to the original Nintendo 3DS without question. The larger screen is much easier on your eyes, and the lower screen’s increased girth makes things like touch commands easier. The ergonomic redesign is also much easier on...

Aug, 2012

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Nintendo 3DS XL review: bigger is better, but it's still not quite enough


If you've been holding off from buying a 3DS, the improvements to the screens and battery are enough to warrant a purchase, but some issues still remain.

Bigger screen improves the 3D effect significantlyImproved battery life under some conditionsMore comfortable to hold and use

Digital content still lackingNo secondary analog stickNot the most powerful of handheld hardware

After playing with the 3DS XL, we returned to the original only to find it difficult and awkward to use in comparison. The new size is an improvement in so many ways, including ergonomics and playability. The bigger screen makes 3D gaming less tiring,...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Sam Byford (

Nintendo 3DS XL review


It shouldn't come as a surprise to see Nintendo launch a new 3DS revision less than 18 months after the original console — after all, the company waited almost exactly the same length of time...


Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Chris Kohler (

Review: Nintendo 3DS XL


Nintendo's 3DS XL -- a larger version of its handheld gaming machine -- doesn't just need to supplement the existing 3DS, it needs to redefine...

Colossal-size screens make old and new games look their best. Larger form factor and battery life make a more comfortable, convenient experience. Double the included memory

Games still cost each. Still no account system. Still waiting for Nintendo to unleash the floodgates of cheap digital content instead of trickling out zero to three games a week

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Nintendo 3DS XL


The Nintendo 3DS XL is a large, fun handheld with a big backwards-compatible game library and a bigger screen, but if you're upgrading from an original 3DS, you'll have to leave your downloaded games behind.

Big, beautiful screen. Solid build. Comfortable to hold.

Glasses-free 3D still has issues. System transfer process is convoluted.

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Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Kersey (

Nintendo 3DS XL Review


Reviewing a product like the Nintendo 3DS XL is a strange affair. The mobile gaming market has changed dramatically over the last several years thanks to the advent of iOS and Android, both offering games that approach the quality of what you would...

The 3DS XL brings small improvements over the 3DS, but they all add up to a better handheld overall. It may be heavier, but the screens make for a more impressive experience, the console is easier to handle, and the battery has seen a much needed...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (

Nintendo 3DS XL SNES Classic edition


Nintendo 3DS XL SNES Classic at Amazon : Surprisingly, Amazon offers the Nintendo 3DS XL SNES Classic Style edition for pre-order on its website. The classic 3D game console has not yet been officially announced by Nintendo, but according to the Amazon...

Tech website I4U discovered the 3DS SNES Classic on the Amazon website. The new Nintendo game console features a cover design matching the looks of the traditional SNES. The power and reset buttons are purple, just like the controller. The bundle at...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Mark Peters (

Nintendo 3DS XL game system


Nintendo 3DS XL portable gaming system : During a Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch in the U.S. on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $199.99. New Nintendo 3DS XL offers a number of new...

In addition to the New Nintendo 3DS XL news, Nintendo also revealed the Feb. 13 launch date of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, a new game in the Fire Emblem series, a line of amiibo featuring classic characters from the Super Mario series, the...

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Jen Edwards (brighthand)

Nintendo 3DS XL Review: Does Bigger Make for Better 3D?


The Nintendo 3DS XL is larger than its predecessor, and that means great things for gamers.

90% larger 3D screen for a more immersive 3D gaming experience ; Much improved battery life ; More solid-feeling hardware that is more comfortable to hold for long gaming sessions

While it is still technically pocketable, it's pretty large for a handheld gaming device ; Speakers aren't quite as good as the original 3DS, so you'll want to use headphones most of the time.

Nov, 2012

Product Specifications


Analog thumbsticks: Yes
Built-in touchpad: No
Charging indicator: Yes
Color of product:Black / Black, Blue / Black, Grey / Black, Red / Black, Silver / Blue / Gold, Metallic / Green / Grey / Multi / Orange / Pink / Pink, White / Red / Silver / White / White, Yellow / Yellow
Gaming control function keys:Back, Home, Menu, Select, Start / D-pad, Home, Power, Select, Start / D-pad, Select, Start / Home, Power, Select, Start / Home, Select, Start / Select, Start
Gaming control technology:Analogue / Digital / Digital
LED Indicators: Yes
Shoulder buttons: Yes
Volume Control:Digital


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display:LCD / LED
Display Diagonal:4.68 / 4.88
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:800 x 240
Second display:Y
Second display diagonal:4.18 / 4.88
Second display resolution:320 x 240
Second LCD screen: Yes
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Resistive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Resistive

Energy Management

Battery Capacity:6.5
Battery life (max):10 / 12 / 6.5 / 7
Battery performance:1300 / 1750
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:3.5
Power consumption (typical):4.31


Developer:Ambrella / Bandai Namco Studios / HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Intelligent Systems Nintendo SPD / Namco Bandai Games, Sora Ltd. / Nintendo
Distribution type:Physical media
ESRB Rating:E (Everyone) / E10+ (Everyone 10+) / T (Teen)
Game edition:Basic
Genre:Action / Adventure / Action / Fighting / Adventure / RPG / Fighting / RPG (Role-Playing Game) / Simulation / Sports
Language version:English / English, Italian / German / Italian
Languages supported:DEU / ENG / Italian
Maximum number of players:1 / 4
Multiplayer mode:N / No / Y / Yes
Multiplayer mode type:Offline, Online
PEGI rating:12 / 3 / 7
Platform:Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS New
Release Date:02/04/2015 / 03/10/2014 / 10.06.2014 / 13.11.2015 / 22/01/2016 / 3/10/2014
Release date (DD/MM/YYYY):02/04/2015 / 03/10/2014 / 10.03.2017 / 10.06.2014 / 13.11.2015 / 22/01/2016 / 22/11/2013 / 25/06/2015
Split screen:N
Theme:The Legend of Zelda


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3
Built-in camera:No / Yes
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Main camera resolution:640 x 480
Main camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Number of built-in speakers:2
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3


Bluetooth: No
Frequency band:2.4
Security algorithms:WPA, WPA2
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled:No / Yes
AC adapter included:N / Y
Art book included: No
Battery charger: No
Battery charger included:N
Carrying case: Yes
Games included:1 / Animal Crossing / Fire Emblem: Awakening / Luigi's Mansion / Luigi's Mansion 2 / Luigis Mansion 2 / Mario Island Tour / Mario Kart 7 / New Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario Bros 2 / Super Smash Bros / Super Smash Bros. / Tomodachi Life / White Mario kart
Manual: Yes
Memory card included:MicroSDHC / SD
Poster included: No
Stylus pen: Yes
Toy figure(s) included: No
User guide: Yes
Video game included:No / Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Built-in processor:ARM11
Graphics controller:PICA200
Graphics processor:PICA200
Gyroscope: Yes
Motion sensor: Yes
Parental Control: Yes
Platform:New Nintendo 3DS XL / Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS New / Nintendo 3DS XL
Processor model:ARM11

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0


Battery Capacity:1300 / 1750
Battery capacity (Watt hours):6.5
Battery life (max):10 / 12 / 6.5 / 7
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:3.5
Power consumption (typical):4.31


Built-in memory capacity:2 / 4
Built-In Optical Drive:N
Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSDHC / SD / SD, SDHC
Included memory card size:4

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.846 / 0.866 / 3.66 / 3.68
Height:0.846 / 0.866 / 3.66 / 3.68
Weight:11.6 / 11.9 / 12.9 / 3.28 / 8.43
Width:0.63 / 6.02 / 6.14 / 6.3