So you’re thinking about purchasing a 3DS XL? Maybe you already own a 3DS and are just looking to upgrade. Whatever the case, I hope this article has enough information to help you make the right decision.
I purchased my 3DS on launch day back in 2011 when it first released. At the time, I had a few games for review waiting at home, so the only game I picked up that night was Pokemon Black. Unimpressed with the review games and the launch titles I had little hope for Nintendo in regards to the 3DS being a successful successor to the original DS. Fast forward about a year and the Nintendo 3DS is the hottest selling console -multiple months in a row.
Would I have recommended a 3DS on launch day? No
Would I recommend a 3DS today? Absolutely!
But that’s not the point of this article. The topic of debate that we have here is 3DS or 3DS XL?
I recently upgraded to the 3DS XL from the 3DS for two reasons. The main reason I jumped on board with the XL is for the larger form factor. I have relatively large hands and handheld gaming is usually a pain in the arse for me. After 1-2 hours of handheld gaming, my thumbs and wrists start to cramp up and it is not a pleasant experience. The second reason that warranted an upgrade to the XL was the Matte Black finish. What! The larger screen didn’t play a role in your decision to purchase the XL? In all honesty, no. While the larger screen is nice, it was not a deciding factor when considering the purchase of the XL. Now, after owning the XL for about a week, I can honestly say that the larger screen SHOULD have been the third reason for purchasing the XL.
I didn’t think the larger screen was going to be that big of a deal. No pun intended. But it really is. Games are a lot more enjoyable on the larger screen, although a little pixelation can be seen. This is due to the fact that Nintendo didn’t change the resolution of the screen, they just made it bigger. Despite the tiny amount of pixelation, it in no way has a negative impact on how games look on the XL.
So who is the XL for? Should you buy a 3DS, or fork out the difference for the XL?
For anyone who has large hands, the XL is a great handheld that will give you a comfortable gaming experience for longer periods of time. Currently the XL is only around $20-30 more than the 3DS, depending on where you get it. I ended up selling my 3DS on Amazon for $150 and purchased a brand new XL through Amazon for only $38! To me, this was an awesome deal. I got the comfort I needed in a colorway (Matte Black) that is super modern and sleek. The added screen real estate was a plus.
So. To anyone considering upgrading to an XL, feel confident that you will not be disappointed with your purchase. To anyone who is looking to get their first 3DS or XL. If you have the funds available to buy the XL, go for it. If funds are limited, buy the 3DS. Either way you will be getting a quality handheld with an amazing library of games.