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Nintendo New 3DS XL

Nintendo New 3DS XL

from  $197.89+
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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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).

Engadget Summary

You've probably changed your phone at least once in the last three years, how about your 3DS? Now, a new DS is likely to be much cheaper, But is it necessary? Well, it depends on how much you game. Fortunately for Nintendo, gaming on its current portable continues to get better. Since our last 3DS review, we've now got multiple Zelda titles, Mario Kart 7, a new Pokémon title and a wealth of other incredible titles. (Fold in existing games as well as backward compatibility with the venerable DS and there's a lot of gaming to be done.)

Our main reason for recommending the system right now, or at least when it launches in the US and Europe sometime next year, is that the 3D effect is no longer a chore: Things still pop out, but now it doesn't make our eyes sore. As we said at the start, we're now willingly turning on the 3D effect with these new devices -- something we hardly ever did with either the original or the XL model. And isn't that effect half the point of a 3DS?

Reviews

88
 
Average Critic Score
Critic Reviews 4

84
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 5
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Specs

Key Specs

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Screen size
4.8822
Touchscreen
No
Online features
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick
Motion controls
Yes
Camera
Yes
Game format
Screen size
Touchscreen
Online features
Direction control
Motion controls
Camera
Downloadable, Cartridge
4.8822
No
Multiplayer, Store, Browser
D pad, Thumb stick
Yes
Yes

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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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

85
 

User Reviews

90
EJ
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
slashzeroslash
I like to keep things simple:The 3ds is a great system, and is the best current...read more
80
HalmoniGG
I'm a newbie to console gaming in general, but I've played Xenoblade Chronicles...read more
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