Nintendo wants to flog a fair few 3DS XL handhelds this Christmas, and are tempting players to get involved or upgrade with the promise of a full free game. Excitingly, the offer also appears to be retroactive if you already happen to own one.Click here to read more...
The 3DS XL is a great console in many respects, but its lack of a second circle pad caused us no end of aggravation. Not least because playing the likes of Snake Eater 3D and Resident Evil Revelations is now a complete hassle. However, the first image of the 3DS XL's Circle Pad Pro attachment has hit the net courtesy of Nintendo Japan's product listing - and demonstrates that Nintendo aren't exactly thinking outside the box for this one. It's basically exactly the same as its predecessor... but big.
Considering that the 3DS XL is already 15.6cm wide and rivals home console controllers, we don't know exactly how comfortable this is going to be. We'll let you know when Nintendo announce a price and release date for the optional peripheral, which we had seriously mixed feelings about.
Here's hoping that they at least add a stylus slot...
GAME are currently running an extremely competitive deal for the new 3DS XL. £174.99 isn't the cheapest price we've ever seen, but it comes with your choice of a seriously good game - including the recently-released Kingdom Hearts 3D, Kid Icarus Uprising and Mario Kart 7 (thus saving you around £20+). Multiple colour and game packages are available. Thanks to HeXadecimal00 at HotUKDeals, who found this cracking offer.
In our 3DS XL hardware review, we described the bulky handheld as "flat-out superior" to the original 3DS - even despite its lack of a second circle pad. A circle pad pro peripheral is not yet available, and be aware that an AC adaptor is not included.
The 3DS' first hardware revision is a big one, in any sense of the phrase. Nintendo's new handheld is a colossus, a titan amongst portables, and one that fixes a number of key problems with the original model. Comfort, battery life and build quality have all been addressed, while the enormous new screens promise to provide a flat-out superior gaming experience on the go. But is it worth an upgrade?
It's worth noting that the 3DS XL features exactly the same firmware, features, cameras and onboard software as the original 3DS, and you can read the full details in our 3DS hardware review. This article, therefore, documents the major changes that the XL brings to the table, both in terms of practicality, form factor and the way you'll play 3DS games.
The 3DS XL's killer feature is, somewhat obviously, two enormous screens. Both are 93% larger than the 3DS, with the top 3D screen measuring in at an impressive 4.88 inches: the largest ever on a Nintendo handheld. It's still slightly smaller than the Vita's capacitive touchscreen, but only just. To accommodate these lucious new screens, the chassis has naturally been increased in size to 156 x 74 x 21mm. Impressively, this is only a 22% net increase compared to the 3DS, and both screens fill much more of the bezel thanks to some technical chicanery regarding bespoke speakers in the lid. The XL is also exactly the same thickness as its predecessor, though it weighs an extra 100g. You might be able to just about squeeze it into a pocket, but chances are that you'll have to carry it in a bag.
The initial impression is of unbelievable bigness, to the extent where you'll likely want to run around your house comparing it to things. We've done the hard work for you - click the comparison pictures to 'embiggen.'Click here to read more...