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The Nintendo 3DS XL is, as its name suggests, an extra-large version of the 3DS, which was released in 2011 and offered 3-D gaming without cumbersome glasses. The console increases both screens diagonally by more than 1" -- it's a 90% increase over the previous verision. The increased size means an additional 4 oz. of weight in the hand. The new model also comes with a larger SD card: 4GB instead of 2GB. And the battery life is expected to be extended by more than an hour.

The release of the 3DS XL brought new 3-D installments in popular series including Zelda and Super Mario. In addition, the console is backward compatible with all the 2-D games available for DS systems.

Like the 3DS, the 3DS XL comes with Wi-Fi accessibility, which allows Web browsing. It comes with a built-in camera that can take both 3-D and 2-D images to share online or with friends. It also has Netflix pre-installed and is capable of streaming movies.

Prices For Nintendo 3DS XL

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
Nintendo 3DS XL Source
$200Game Stop
$200Toys 'R' Us

Prices For Nintendo 3DS Bundles

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
Nintendo 3DS XL and Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo 3DS XL and Mario Kart 7 Source

Additional Costs:

$20-$40Cartridge games
$2-$8Screen protector
$2-$8Screen protector
$10-$30Cover/carrying case
$5 Stylus


Media TypeDS games
Disk CapacityMemory card
Online ContentDSiWare
ColorsBlue, Red
Other FeaturesWi-Fi access
Streaming movies: Netflix
Web browser
Augmented Reality enabled
Music and video player
2-D/3-D camera
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Nintendo.

Best-Selling Games

1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf$40
2. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon$39
3. Shin Megami Tensei 4$50
4. Pokemon Black Version 2$27
5. Mario Kart 7$30
(List as of 07/8/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Accessories

1. Skylanders Giants - Ninjini$15
2. Skylanders Giants - Thumpback$14
3. Skylanders Giants - Eye Brawl$15
4. AC Power Adapter$6
5. Skylanders Giants - Bouncer$15
(List as of 07/8/2013) Source: Amazon

What People Are Saying:

Experts agree, the Nintendo 3DS received some marked improvements, including a much larger screen size without adding a lot of bulk to the overall unit. Some critics still say it's pocket-sized. A longer battery life was also a welcome addition. But the main flaw with the 3DS system remains: The library of games is still relatively limited.
  • Tech Radar: "Despite being larger than last year's 3DS though, the XL actually feels skinnier and far more comfortable than its predecessor. We found that the vanilla 3DS could cause our hands to ache after extended play, but thankfully this is far less of a problem with the XL model thanks to its more rounded edges."
  • CNET: "The supersize Nintendo 3DS XL is a solid portable gaming device, but its thin game library keeps it from being a must-buy for existing 3DS owners and newcomers alike."
  • The Verge: "While Nintendo touts 90 percent larger screens on the 3DS XL, the device itself isn't actually much bigger than its predecessor ... Indeed, you can just about get away with slipping it into a jeans pocket in a pinch, though I wouldn't recommend doing so on long walks."