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76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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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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76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

76
 

User Reviews

90
Engadget Reader
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
13xforever
Honestly, I held onto buying this console for all this time, and only bought...read more
90
Engadget Reader
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average user Score
 
90
Engadget Reader
08.08.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
13xforever
02.23.15
Honestly, I held onto buying this console for all this time, and only bought it to play Bravely Default, which is exclusive to this platform. Overall, I don't like the specs and feel of this console at all. It is cheap, bulky, heavy, with mediocre low-res displays, not very responsive, uses stylus, the software is buggy and far from being an ideal of usability, the online features are a joke, first-time setup is a chore and everything is tied to hardware anyway.I wouldn't recommend buying it unless you really, really want to play that one game and then you're interested in some others.
 
90
Engadget Reader
10.06.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
Engadget Reader
10.02.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
Engadget Reader
09.05.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
10
Engadget Reader
07.16.14
Wouldn't buy it again.
 
70
Engadget Reader
06.23.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
80
Engadget Reader
05.28.14
The 3DS XL is one of my favorite portable devices, and always will be. Great Battery life, Huge variety of games and 3D visuals!
 
90
Engadget Reader
02.16.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Engadget Reader
01.29.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget

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