Nintendo DSi XL

80
Global
Score
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Nintendo DSi XL review

Summary

from $129.99+
Pros
  • Unmatched durabilityFills a room with soundSlightly improved battery life
Cons
  • Some games look pixelatedStiff, shallow buttons unsuitable for longer playFingerprint magnet
Nintendo DSi XL review

Since Nintendo first asserted sole domination over the handheld gaming market with the release of the paperback-sized Game Boy in 1989, the company has striven time and again to make its pocket systems smaller, meeting fantastic financial success along the way. Nintendo did it with the Game Boy Pocket, the Advance SP, the Micro, the DS Lite and again ever so slightly with the DSi -- the last even at the expense of backwards compatibility and battery life. Now, for the first time in the company's history, it's made an existing platform bigger, with questionable reasons as to why. Does the Nintendo DSi XL squash its predecessors flat? Or is Nintendo compensating for something? Find out inside.

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Breakdown

Game library
8.0
Graphics
7.3
Battery life
8.0
Portability (size / weight)
6.4
Durability
8.4
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Specs

DSi

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge, Built-in game(s)
Direction control
D-pad
Motion controls
no
Camera
yes
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser
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Specs

DSi

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge, Built-in game(s)
Direction control
D-pad
Motion controls
no
Camera
yes
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser
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