3DS or 3DS XL?

#1 Posted by ImHungry (377 posts) -

I'm finally going to bite the bullet and get a 3DS, but now that the XL is out I'm not so sure which one I should get. It's been 2 weeks since the XL was released, so I'd be interested in hearing thoughts and opinions on it, like how comfortable is it to hold, is the big screen really that much better etc. especially from people who upgraded from the old to the new.

Basically, as a new owner, should I go for the XL or not?

#2 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

I got the XL right off the bat. The 3d can be moody at times and you gotta hold it JUST right. 

#3 Posted by awadnin (275 posts) -

3DS XL is better than the original one, I hope this video will help to make the right decision.

#4 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

Easily the XL, the original 3DS has shockingly poor design that it's size advantage means very little.

#5 Posted by JJOR64 (19042 posts) -

I have both and the XL is better in about every way.

#6 Posted by DeF (4955 posts) -

@ImHungry said:

I'm finally going to bite the bullet and get a 3DS, but now that the XL is out I'm not so sure which one I should get. It's been 2 weeks since the XL was released, so I'd be interested in hearing thoughts and opinions on it, like how comfortable is it to hold, is the big screen really that much better etc. especially from people who upgraded from the old to the new.

Basically, as a new owner, should I go for the XL or not?

All you hear everywhere is that if you're new to 3DS, get an XL.

I own a regular 3DS and I'd love to have an XL.

#7 Posted by Korolev (1721 posts) -

If you're buying a new one, get the XL. I don't have an XL, because I specifically wanted a 3DS for cheap, and once the XL came out, my local store starting selling the original 3DS at a discount to move stock. But I'm a cheap-skate, and unless you are one as well, don't do what I did.

#8 Posted by ThePaleKing (613 posts) -

@Korolev said:

If you're buying a new one, get the XL. I don't have an XL, because I specifically wanted a 3DS for cheap, and once the XL came out, my local store starting selling the original 3DS at a discount to move stock. But I'm a cheap-skate, and unless you are one as well, don't do what I did.

This is what I'm thinking of doing. I mean I can't see any major differences other than that it is bigger...which isn't actually something I'm looking for with a handheld.

#9 Posted by BisonHero (6764 posts) -

@ThePaleKing said:

@Korolev said:

If you're buying a new one, get the XL. I don't have an XL, because I specifically wanted a 3DS for cheap, and once the XL came out, my local store starting selling the original 3DS at a discount to move stock. But I'm a cheap-skate, and unless you are one as well, don't do what I did.

This is what I'm thinking of doing. I mean I can't see any major differences other than that it is bigger...which isn't actually something I'm looking for with a handheld.

It's actually nearly the same size, so it won't take up significantly more room in your pocket or anything. The XL part is the screen, which now takes up most of the available space on the top half, instead of leaving a bunch of wasted, non-screen space being taken up by plastic.

#10 Edited by Sanj (2503 posts) -

First 3DS I bought was the XL. After using it for a couple weeks now, I honestly can't imagine using a 3DS with smaller screens. The XL just seems perfect.

#11 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

Absolutely the XL. It's the premium experience, for only a few dollars more. Better battery, bigger screens, more comfortable to hold, double sized SD card, and it's not even that much bigger.

#12 Posted by JoeyRavn (5002 posts) -

The only reason not to get an XL at this point is if you already have a 3DS. The "upgrade" is not worth the money, if you ask me. It's not a huge leap, like it was from the DS Lite to the DSi. But if it's your first 3DS, by all means, get the XL.

#13 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

You need to understand that the 3D works better in the original, but then you need to understand that the 3D is the least appealing and useful feature in the 3DS.

#14 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

@Hizang said:

You need to understand that the 3D works better in the original, but then you need to understand that the 3D is the least appealing and useful feature in the 3DS.

Wat?. that sounds like BS on both counts. The 3D effect on 3DS XL improves upon the originals, that's partly why it was made in the first place. The wider screens increase the 3D viewing angle and the new screen filter reduces glare significantly, equating to better 3D.

The only negative is larger visible pixels and yellow tinge to the screen.

#15 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

@Hizang said:

You need to understand that the 3D works better in the original, but then you need to understand that the 3D is the least appealing and useful feature in the 3DS.

Wat?. that sounds like BS on both counts. The 3D effect on 3DS XL improves upon the originals, that's partly why it was made in the first place. The wider screens increase the 3D viewing angle and the new screen filter reduces glare significantly, equating to better 3D.

The only negative is larger visible pixels and yellow tinge to the screen.

Nope, the 3D effect is harder to achieve due to its size bump, have you not listened to the bombcast?

#16 Posted by AndrewB (7685 posts) -

The Xtra Tall 3DS. I mean, it's the closest you're going to get to what the 3DS should have been at launch. They didn't nail that second analog stick, but they put in a bigger battery. The only thing I don't like about it personally is the external design. I think it looks hideous. Yes, even compared to the Zombie mish-mash of the DS, DS Lite, and DSI that was the original 3DS. That's a personal preference, though.

#17 Posted by JCGamer (666 posts) -

I just bought the XL when it was released and love it. I do think the viewing angle for 3D can be a bit wonky, but not a deal breaker. I can't imagine playing with a smaller screen.

#18 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

@Hizang said:

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

@Hizang said:

You need to understand that the 3D works better in the original, but then you need to understand that the 3D is the least appealing and useful feature in the 3DS.

Wat?. that sounds like BS on both counts. The 3D effect on 3DS XL improves upon the originals, that's partly why it was made in the first place. The wider screens increase the 3D viewing angle and the new screen filter reduces glare significantly, equating to better 3D.

The only negative is larger visible pixels and yellow tinge to the screen.

Nope, the 3D effect is harder to achieve due to its size bump, have you not listened to the bombcast?

lol, I don't need to listen to some shitty podcast!, I own one!, besides, there views an opinions often tend to suck balls - well off the mark. Didn't one of the GB team claim handheld gaming was dead last year? - LOL

There masses of people who know it's better, it's clearly the common consensus:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57477841-235/nintendos-3ds-xl-comes-with-less-glare-better-3d-performance/

http://www.geek.com/articles/games/6-reasons-why-the-3ds-xl-is-better-than-the-3ds-20120723/

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/355690/3ds-xl-hands-on-video-lighter-better-3d-more-comfortable/?site=cvg

I've also tried one myself, the 3D effect is harder to achieve due to the size bump..

#19 Posted by cannonballBAM (608 posts) -

I still think it is unfortunate that Japan didn't receive an AC adapter with the XL models.

#20 Posted by BisonHero (6764 posts) -

@cannonballBAM said:

I still think it is unfortunate that Japan didn't receive an AC adapter with the XL models.

On the other hand, I'm 90% sure the XL uses the same AC adapter as the regular 3DS (and a lot of people were upgrading from 3DS to 3DS LL), and also the same AC adapter as the regular old DS. If we are to assume that pretty much everyone owned a DS, Japan should be fine.

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