Nintendo 3DS XL Red
A comprehensive evolution of recent handhelds.
The 3DS was the first actual step the handheld industry took since the introduction of the original DS. The DS lite was an improvement similar to that of the GBA sp (which added a backlight and closeable screen), because it sported greater portability by giving the system a sleeker, slimmer design, and adding a compartment for the stylus. The DSi system was a negligible addition, it boasted a camera, greater fragility, and a software update or two (DSi ware was really all there was). The DSi XL had no real improvements except a better niche for the stylus (for the head of the DSi stylus protruded from the provided space, unlike the previous system), and possibly a bit more durable.
But the 3DS added the first 3D aspect to handheld gaming, and a more impressive way of putting it was that it was the first gaming system to have self-sustained 3-Dimensional effects (with consoles you would need a 3D TV, which I am under the impression makes no real difference for the vast majority of games). The downfall of a self-sustained 3D system is that, since there is no form of ocular assistance (ie. glasses), the proper viewing window may be somewhat narrow, given the size of the screen and the way the effects are handled.
The 3DS XL's larger screens boast a larger "viewing window" for such 3D effects, and an purported increase in battery life (depending on 3D settings and most visible while the system is in a sort of "sleep-mode"). But all of this comes at the sacrifice to the system's portability.
Those are the only true improvements to the system itself, of course some people may find the larger systems more maneuverable, but as I, personally, have gotten older, I have not been met with any such issue with portable gaming systems (larger or smaller, both fit reasonably well and allow decent play), and as such it may seem that I severely downplay the aspect of a larger system. I feel that for those people for whom the system size (namely too small) is an issue will buy this item for that very reason, many others who have bought this system merely crave every new addition to the gaming franchise (some have a wider franchise base than others), others will think that the extra ~$20 will mean something so they pay it, very few take anything else into consideration when choosing the 3DS and the 3DS XL, and to be honest, those seem to be the only real reasons (unless you're a hardcore gamer and you'd love the extra battery life, but for most cases that niche will invest in portable chargers [car or USB port chargers] or get one of those "extra battery packs" for their system. All of these options being cheaper and more efficient).
Everything I wanted and more!
I have owned many generations of Nintendo handhelds. Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advanced, and now the Nintendo 3DS. I was disappointed by the original DS and the DSi and so I did not purchase them, but when Pokemon White was announced I began to consider my options. I eventually bought a Red 3DS, Pokemon White and Black 2, and now I can't stop searching for more good games. I can not wait to play Ocarina of Time and other amazing games on my 3DS. I am more than satisfied with the function, the image, the 3D (which was a big worry), and the time I get out of the console. I have spent more time in a month playing this system than I would spending $200 on anything else. If you get a handheld this one is for you. The 3DS is almost perfect, aside from my fear of its fragility. I'm very protective because the system does feel very flimsy from minor impacts. I hope never to drop Ruby though.
Overall a great system
The graphics are just amazing. The controls work fairly well, although the control stick gets stuck from time to time. The buttons are sturdy and feel solid. The cameras has pretty poor quality, but not everything can be perfect. The 3D takes some time to get used to, but it is phenomenal. Regular DS games are slightly enlarged on the screen, so they look a little different. Also, BUY SCREEN PROTECTORS. The bottom screen gets scratched VERY easily. There is no current way to take screen shots of your games, but this might change with a future update of some sort. The larger screens are much better than the normal 3DS screens, especially if you want to download Colors! 3D (a drawing app) or Netflix. The battery life is decent as well, and you could always turn on power-saving mode. That's all! (sorry for all the negatives, but I feel like people should know before they buy.)
Love the color and games.
The 3ds is awesome.Red is the best color for it.The size is way better than the original.I play mario tennis open and mariokart 7on it .So awesome.
Amazing tech, Fun, not ergonomical.
I love my 3ds, being a console junkie; i've really never considered going back to portable gaming like my younger years. But I got a craving for some new mario games, and well lets face it... Me or probably not you are buying a wii U. So I picked up this little gadget. The 3d effects work awesome when viewed at the right angle. You will get headaches if you play for long exposed periods of time. But the graphics and the sound quality out of this device is superb. 1 analog stick does present problems, especially when playing platformers. The device isnt very comfortable in your hands either. I found myself having to take breaks and pop my fingers alot!!! I am happy with my purchase, I just really wish there were more games to play, I would give this device an overall 8 out of 10
I love my 3ds XL
I love my 3ds XL. I originally had just the regular 3ds and still loved it but the bigger model is way better for graphics and battery life. I take mine everywhere and recommend it to everyone i know.
My Review of the 3DS XL
Over the years as a Nintendo Player, im am Glad to be a owner of a 3DS XL, Well First The Size and the Shape for the XL is Amazing, I would get my hand hurted on my normal 3DS But playing it for longer time on the XL makes it more comfortable in my hand and Even thou I have Big Hands I can Enjoy playing Like Kingdom Hearts DDD for a longer period of time. The Screen Size is an amazing improvment, I can See the 3D more clearly than before. The Stylus is Better cause it no longer a slider and bigger with my big hands at all and it is not on top of the 3Ds and Like the DS lite and DSi, Also To metion it back to the Slider Volume From the DS lite Which I think it better. The Home Select and Start Button I like Cause it all seperate and easy to press, Also the L and R buttons are Bigger and now Easy to press cause the games I have could really need this without my fingers hurting after a few hours of play. The Battery Is one of the Best Part, Even with power Saver I got more hours on my 3DS than Ever Before . The Memory is Amazing cause I Downloaded Two 3DS retail games on the E shop and still got more memory to download even more games which is a Definate impovment. Now my Cons, Well it big in my pockets even if i have big pockets in my jeans which is my only complaint at the moment. But Overall, This is a nice improvment. If your new to the 3DS, Get this. Also it good to upgrade from the normal 3DS. So I say Get a 3DS XL cause this is a Great improvment from Nintedo until Nintendo Trows somthing more amazing.
amazing product good in all but one small aspect
i bought this yesterday and it did not disapoint however if a tilt my head even a little the stereoscopic 3d mingles and you end up with a double image but its much more comfortable because the edges no longer dig into your palms also the 3 can be completely turned of instead of minimal depth lastly i was happy because the pixels were ok and stayed the same resolution and the start select and home buttons are actually buttons
Amazing upgrade from the original 3DS system
I bought this system because playing long sessions of 3D on the original 3DS is kinda pain in the eyes with the smaller screen, now with the great larger display on the 3DS XL everything is better for playing long sessions of 3D content on it. Apart of the screen it comes with a 4GB great for download demos like metal gear and kingdom hearts and most recently the awesome fire emblem. The battery is... kinda meh because they claim that it just more hours of power and I find it like one hour and half more than the original, obviously with brightness on 5 and and save power mode off and sound from the speakers. Talking about the speakers I have to say that this is the low point of the 3DS XL, they sound very low about nearly 45% or 50% lower comparing with the original 3DS system, but is nothing too important if you have a pair of headphones. I easily recommend this system to everyone, it have an awesome library and more to come in 2013 and beyond.
Awesomeness in your hands
This thing is so cool I have a plain 3ds myself but I'm hoping to get this one soon my friend has one and I've playedd it is so much better the the old 3ds great job Nintendo!