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80
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

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

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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.

Pros
  • Unmatched durabilityFills a room with soundSlightly improved battery life
Cons
  • Some games look pixelatedStiff, shallow buttons unsuitable for longer playFingerprint magnet
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80
ylksa
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
xameius
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
MobilEye
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Model

Key Specs

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

General

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge, Built-in game(s) (512 MB)
Backward compatible
no

Display

Secondary display
yes

Controls / accessories

Direction control
D-pad
Motion controls
no
Camera
yes (Internal) (0.3 megapixels)
Other peripherals
Headset / mic, Other

Sound

Speakers
Stereo
Audio jack
3.5mm

Media playback

Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)
Audio playback
yes (AAC)
Video playback
no

Networking / online service

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser
Downloadable content
Games

Storage

Internal storage
yes (256 MB)
Memory card support
yes (SD)

Hardware

CPU speed
133 MHz
System RAM
16 MB
USB
None

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)