Nintendo's Enlarged 3DS XL Console Now Available in North America

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News Posted: Mon, Aug 20 2012 1:23 PM
In case you missed it over the weekend, Nintendo on Sunday semi-quietly launched its large size 3DS XL handheld console in the U.S. We say "semi-quietly" because it's long been known that the U.S. launch would take place on August 19th, though the day came and went without much fanfare.

Regardless, you can get your hands on the 3DS XL at GameStop, Target, or Toys R Us. The $200 console is $20 more expensive than the regular 3DS, but packs larger displays. The top screen is 90 percent bigger at 4.88 inches, while the bottom display is 4.18 inches, which is also 90 percent bigger than the original.

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Note that the screen resolutions are the same on both models, so you're not getting more pixels, just more screen real estate that, for some users, will be easier on the eyes, albeit not as crisp since the pixels are being stretched over a larger area.

The 3DS XL is currently available in red or blue.
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Jaybk26 replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 1:53 PM

If they could tighten up the screen resolution that would make for a sweet little gift. Sometimes I get the strongest urges to go back and play some mario party or mario kart:D

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AKnudson replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 2:47 PM

Mario party and mario kart, are best on the 64 but nothing beats the 3ds for the pokemon games, i need to go win the original gold and silver again.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 7:55 PM

I don't know I think these things are a dead space as tablets and phones can do the same or better there just to locked down to me.

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LKnudson replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 9:29 PM

Those games hold old memories, but i Have to agree with rapid1, ds's just don't have the capabilities that tablet and phones have

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FasterTTW replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 10:20 PM

there are very few mobile games that have the depth and/or quality of proper handheld games.

unfortunately the few publishers trying to change that, like Square, are critcized for "overpricing" their games

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Hmmmm. Bigger isnt always better.

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JOMA replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 8:21 AM

I've got a DS Lite that I still use but when and if it dies I'll take a look at the XL. I don't want, in any way, the 3D crap. I just don't care about 3D but I would like the larger screens. If the DSI XL is still available I'd get that over the 3DS.

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KAdair replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 2:28 AM

I had a 3ds, sold it, and never looked back. Guess its because I put the money into my computer and play way better games then 3ds has to offer but hey, thats just me.

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JOMA replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 7:12 AM

While I use my PC a lot more for gaming I do like the DS for portable gaming. It's great for long car rides, the plane or when the power is out.

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