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The DSi XL is not so much an upgrade as it is a larger version of the DSi. It could also be viewed as similar to the 3DS without the 3-D functionality and the ability to stream movies.

The DSi and DSi XL are essentially twins, but the DSi XL has a significantly larger screen. The DSi XL comes pre-loaded with a handful of games, a new pen-shaped stylus and a significantly longer battery life, but those changes are about the only differences between the XL and the original DSi.

The DSi XL has access to Nintendo's online DSiWare store, which offers game and video downloads in exchange for Nintendo credits. The camera on the DSi XL comes with photo-editing software, and Internet access allows the images to be share through social media like Facebook.

Because of the larger screen size, one complaint from users is that is doesn't fit in one's pocket as easily as previous iterations of the DS, but it will slip into a purse or backpack pocket with ease.

Prices For Nintendo DSi XL

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
Nintendo DSi XL Source
$130Game Stop

Additional Costs:

$10-$30Cover/carrying case
$15-$20Car charger
$20-$40Cartridge games
$2-$8Screen protector
$3 Wall adapter


Media TypeDS games
Disk CapacityMemory card
Online ContentDSiWare
ColorsPink, Burgundy, Blue, Black
Other FeaturesWi-Fi accessible
Web browser
Pre-installed games
Photo and audio editing software
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Nintendo.

Best-Selling Games

1. Pokémon Black Version 2$27
2. Pokémon White Version 2$26
3. New Super Mario Bros$26
4. Mario Kart DS$28
5. 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors$20
(List as of 07/9/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Accessories

1. Gereric wall adaptor$4
2. Rapid Travel Charger$4
3. DS carrying case$10
4. Car charger$5
5. Replacement stylus (3-pack)$4
(List as of 07/9/2013) Source: Amazon

What People Are Saying:

Essentially, the DSi XL, as the name implies, is an extra-large version of the original DSi. The screens are nearly an inch larger than the DSi at 4.2" each. noted its "fantastic battery life," something not seen in later iterations such as the 3DS. Nintendo also added a more pen-like stylus to the XL. The downside, with the larger screens and bigger overall size, the DSi XL doesn't pass the pocket test, unless the owner is a regular wearer of cargo pants. One of the biggest complaints from users is the resolution did not improve and the screen, in bright settings, is still difficult to see. The DSi XL does come with a handful of pre-installed games and software, but overall, there are very minor differences between the DSi and the DSi XL.
  • "Unless you're desperate for more touch-screen real estate, or your vision is impaired, we can't recommend a purchase over the original DSi."