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Nintendo 3DS XL/LL

Nintendo 3DS XL/LL
alaScore 96

882 reviews

Mar, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 882 reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The price and size also get good comments.

usability, size, price, portability, design

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 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 511 user reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL 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 Comments about the reliability and portability are on the whole positive. The price and size also get good opinions.

usability, size, price, portability, reliability

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

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

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Sean Buckley (

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.

May, 2013

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

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

Oct, 2012


Expert review by: Ryan Fleming (

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.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (

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.

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: Mat Smith (

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.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: (

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

Expert review by: Adel (

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.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Shaun Prescott (

Nintendo 3DS XL (2014) review


Nintendo's already excellent handheld receives some long-awaited upgrades

Second directional stick added ; Face tracking increases 3D viewing angles ; Faster processor

C-stick feels overly firm and inaccurate ; No charger included in the box ; No games utilise the extra power

If you don't already own a 3DS this new version is a no brainer. It's sleeker, the 3D is improved and it will operate forthcoming software its predecessors cannot.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Andy Robinson (

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.

Jul, 2012

Product Specifications

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


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


USB:No / Not Applicable / Yes

General Features

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