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Nintendo 3DS XL/LL

Nintendo 3DS XL/LL
alaScore 97

2107 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2107 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the game selection and design. The portability and value for money are also appreciated.

usability, value for money, portability, design, game selection

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo 3DS XL/LL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 2107 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Nintendo 3DS XL/LL

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Game Consoles on Amazon.com.

value for money

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Nintendo DS / Lite, 3DS / XL Dual Port USB Rapid Car Charger (Green)

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

 

Nintendo seems to have a knack for repeat performances. Nintendo DS? Quickly supplanted by the DS Lite -- and the DSi didn't last too long either before

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

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

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

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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 before following up the DS with the DS Lite. Where that...

In a market under threat, Nintendo attempts to prove size does matter

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Nintendo 3DS XL

 

For the second time since its North American release on March 27, the Nintendo 3DS will undergo a significant change. The first of these changes occurred just four months after its release and saw the price drop from $250 to $170, a move that attracted...

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

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.

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Nintendo 3DS XL

 

Nintendo loves revising its handheld game systems—as opposed to sticking with one design for the life of the system. The Game Boy went through several iterations before it was replaced by the Game Boy Advance, which itself was upgraded to the Game Boy...

Big, beautiful screen. Solid build. Comfortable to hold

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

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.

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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 flipside of the argument is that iOS and Android games don’t have the immersive stories or strong characters and franchises that a company like Nintendo can offer. There is no Zelda or Mario equivalent on mobile devices, sure, but the company can’t...

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

 

More InfoNintendo 3DS XL announcedNintendo 3DS reviewNintendo's gunning for retailers, expanding eShop offerings for Wii U, 3DSIf you like

Bigger screen improves the 3D effect significantly ; Improved battery life under some conditions ; More comfortable to hold and use

Digital content still lacking ; No secondary analog stick ; Not the most powerful of handheld hardware

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.

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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 the platform. And it might just do that.

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 $40 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

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Review: the bigger, better and much-improved Nintendo 3DS XL

 

I've had the original Nintendo 3DS for quite a while now, almost a year, and for the most part I loved it. The 3DS was Nintendo's entry into the 3D portable gaming world, but without the tell-tale glasses. You just have to keep your vision within a...

Great, big screens ; Better, sturdier, more attractive case ; Better designed and relocated buttons ; Better stylus placement, and better stylus ; Better battery life

Still got underpowered cameras ; Lousier, weaker speakers ; Still no second analog stick

It’s kinda a toss-up to upgrade if you already own the original Nintendo 3DS, but I really think the bigger screens seal the deal. The Nintendo 3DS XL is an entirely new experience. And if you don’t have a 3DS yet, the XL is the one to get.

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Nintendo 3DS XL review

 

Does bigger mean better with Nintendo's new jumbo 3D handheld?

Better battery ; Bigger screens ; Comfortable 3D ; Improved layout

Lower pixel density ; Only one circle pad ; Less pretty

If you spend most of your day staring at the new iPad's gorgeous Retina Display - or even the rival PS Vita's glorious OLED screen - the 3DS XL's often stretched-looking screens may put you off a purchase.

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Nintendo 3DS XL review

 

When we reviewed the original Nintendo 3DS in March 2011 we thought that the lack of decent launch titles and limited battery life were its two biggest woes. But its believable, glasses-free 3D display - well, for some viewers, but not all - was an...

Better battery life than original 3DS, large 4.88-inch screen, can be used as a 2D device, enough decent games now available, more affordable than original 3DS was at launch

No power charger included!, same resolution as 3DS, the 3D mode won’t be for everyone, is the age of the handheld console and pricey games challenged by smartphones and tablets

The 3DS XL makes more sense than the original 3DS ever did. Why? Because the last 12 months have seen enough worthwhile content released. The larger screen is better to use, despite the resolution remaining the same. The 3D feature might be fun for...

Product Specifications

Bundle:No / With Accessories / With Software / With Software and Accessories

Configuration

Basic Colour:Black / Blue / Green / Pink / Red / Silver / White / Yellow
Force / Vibrate Feedback:Not Applicable
Multidirectional Button:Not Applicable
Signal Connection:Unknown
Software Medium:Cartridge
Technology:Not Applicable

Connectivity

USB:Not Applicable / Yes

General Features

Platform:Console
Supported Console:Nintendo 3DS XL
System of Console:3DS
Table / Portable:Portable
Type:Charger / Stylus Pen
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