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Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS XL

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Nintendo 3DS
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo 3DS
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Console
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Edition: Black Standard Edition
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  • ASIN: B00B5Q83KW
  • Release Date: 20 Sep 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Edition: Black Standard Edition

Nintendo 3DS XL

The Nintendo 3DS XL is a groundbreaking hardware release that brings 3D gaming to the handheld market for the first time with the fourth major release in the Nintendo DS product line. Experience incredible gameplay featuring real 3D graphics that do not require any special glasses or additional accessories. A perfect step up from the Nintendo DS. Nintendo handheld systems include tons of extra features, including access to the Nintendo eShop, wireless connectivity for playing with friends, and parental controls

Next generation handheld gaming

While there are many choices available, Nintendo has been making family-friendly games for over 30 years, and offers characters and experiences not found anywhere else. Parents can rely on Nintendo’s pedigree of innovation, as seen with its groundbreaking Nintendo DS consoles. This next generation family of handheld consoles are more powerful, keeping children engaged with better graphics and deeper immersive worlds to explore.

Special features

The Nintendo 3DS family is backwards compatible, so you can still play your existing games—plus the hottest new releases. All the systems in the Nintendo 3DS family play exclusive titles you can’t find anywhere else, from Mario to Zelda, Animal Crossing to Pokémon. You can even download many of these titles–plus digital-only games–directly to your system from Nintendo eShop. The 3DS XL shares the same features as the 3DS but boasts a larger screen for an enhanced gaming experience.

3D screen

The Nintendo 3DS XL system features a stereoscopic 3D display on the upper screen to give objects within the game world a feeling of space and depth. It becomes easier to see the position of characters and obstacles, making many game experiences even more intuitive for all types of players. Adjust the level of 3D gameplay with the use of the 3D depth slider or lock it off completely using Parental Controls.

Two screens

Games look better than ever on the two screens of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. On the Nintendo 3DS XL, a widescreen display on the top screen shows 800x240 pixel resolution, allocating 400 pixels for each eye to create the 3D effect. The bottom LCD touch screen operates at a resolution of 320x240—with both screens capable of displaying a brilliant 16.77 million colors.

Motion sensor & gyro sensor

Portable play control reaches a new level with these amazing features, allowing for unique gameplay mechanics. A built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor can react to the motion and tilt of the system, so whether players are twisting their systems side to side or moving them up and down, their motion-compatible Nintendo 3DS games respond instantly.

SD memory card included

All systems in the Nintendo 3DS family come packed with an SD Memory Card*. You can use this SD Memory Card to store your 3D photos, sound recordings created on the system, and music from your PC. You can also use it to store games downloaded from Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature SDHC card compatibility to increase your storage space even further.

Analog control

With the Circle Pad, located above the + Control Pad, systems in the Nintendo 3DS family offer full analog control. Combined with the touch screen, traditional buttons, camera and microphone input, and advanced motion control of the Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor, the potential is extraordinary


The Nintendo 3DS family of systems brings players together in exciting new ways with StreetPass communication. Set your system to Sleep Mode and carry it with you wherever you go to exchange game data like Mii characters, high scores, and custom characters with other users you pass on the street. You control what data you exchange, and you can exchange data for multiple games at once.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice console 6 Feb 2014
By Jemmaeg
Edition:Black Standard Edition
I bought the 3DS XL as an impulse buy, I had a gameboy pocket years ago and a Nintendo DS more recently and I wanted to play new games in series like Zelda and also the retro games available on the Nintendo store.
In general I like the 3DS XL, the console is a good size, the right balance between being portable and having a good screen size.
It is incredibly simple to set up as there are continuous step-by-step instructions on screen, however you do need to set up each app separately, which does mean repeating your information a few times. The OS/software is clearly aimed at young children and parents and you are prompted to set up parental controls several times (which is slightly irritating if you are neither a young child nor a parent). I think that it is a really nice idea that you can earn "play coins" to spend in games by using the pedometer function on the 3DS.
The screen quality is acceptable (as its not designed to be a graphically realistic console). The camera quality is quite poor and seems to be more novelty value than a useable camera.
I would recommend the 3DS for its 3D effect and games, however I found the OS irritatingly childish (especially as the 3D mode should only be used by over 7's).

I deducted a star for it not coming with a charger, I was aware of this before buying however I see no logical reason why it does not come with at least a USB charging cable. I could understand if it charged via a generic cable like a micro USB, but it doesn't, its a Nintendo specific charging cable. Including a USB charging cable would cost them next to nothing (there is one for sale on Amazon for £0.25!) and take up very little room in the box - there is actually enough space in there for a USB charger with the current box design.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Handheld game console on the market 20 July 2014
Edition:Black Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
I have a PSVita which is a more powerful device with more features but I've bought this for my 11 year old son and I have to say that this handheld is great! Way better than a Vita.

I reccomend this console for hardcore Nintendo fans or if you have children If you have a kid between 6 and 14 years. Don't buy a Vita nor a Tablet or iPad. This is better for them believe me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Son is very happy! 25 May 2014
Edition:Black Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my 7 year old son for Christmas. He absolutely loves it.
I'd avoided buying it for a while as I was worried about the 3d effect on his eyes. I didn't need to worry as he doesn't really like the 3d effect so normally turns it off anyway.
I'm sure his younger brother will be asking for one as well this coming Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product. 13 May 2014
Edition:Black Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Its a fantastic console and has a range of good games to play on. The only thing that annoyed me was the fact that there was no charger with the console.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
By Leon
Edition:Black Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo 21 May 2014
By Ben Tia
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Bought for a friend who thinks its great, uses lots of games on it and keeps him happy for hours
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5.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade from 3DS to 3DS XL 14 April 2014
Edition:Black Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
I already owned a 3DS however the screen size and battery life were a little disappointing so I decided to purchase the 3DS XL since they now had a colour varient that I liked. The only thing that annoyed me is the lack of a charging cable I mean nintendo could have at least included a USB cable if they wanted to keep packaging down to a minimum. So far the battery life has met my expectations and the upscaling on the screen is really good and I haven't noticed any drop in quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much what I expected 2 Jan 2014
Edition:Black Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Owned the original 3DS for a few years, knew about the pros and cons of this one, and decided to upgrade beign aware of all its reviews. Screen may seem a bit yellow at first, but both this and the original look perfectly fine to me now. Sound is a bit low if you use the speakers, but I always use headphones so it's fine. The battery's duration is noticeably longer than the original's, and the screen's pixel density is not the hassle some people made it to be. I also had the charger from the previous 3DS, so this was a perfect purchase for me.
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