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Hands on with the Nintendo 3DS XL

Jan 15, 2015

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Nintendo 3DS XLBigger really is better. The new Nintendo 3DS XL is crammed with so many enhancements it overshadows its predecessors.

Upon unboxing the 3DS XL, what you will first notice is the console has been redesigned and is substantially larger. There are some minor alterations. The power button is now on the outside of the console facing front as are the stylus dock, the game card and headphone slots.

The Start and Select buttons are located below the face buttons (XYBA), which are now slightly larger. The only button remaining below the screen now is the Home button.

Besides the Circle Pad being larger there is now a small C Stick above the face buttons for right-handed folks. Right beside the ZL and ZR buttons on the back of the console, Nintendo has added additional shoulder buttons too.

Nintendo 3DS XLThe most significant changes though that will make the biggest difference for consumers is that the 3D screen and speakers are far bigger than those on the original 3DS providing far better sight and sound. The new face-tracking feature creates a better 3D experience as well, as the 3D aspect now seamlessly follows your every head movement. The internal processor is also much faster considerably cutting down on load times and there is NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures.

What is missing from the package though is an AC adapter or charger, however, it is compatible with a regular 3DS adapter or charger.

The system is now available in Canada for $229.99 and in addition to the red and black editions, a system featuring artwork inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D will be available at EB Games, Future Shop, Best Buy and for $229.99. There will also be a system, bundle based on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which will have the game pre-installed and will be available exclusively at EB Games in Canada for $259.99.

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