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Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS XL - Silver/Black (Nintendo 3DS)

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Game Information

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Console
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B008DS948U
  • Release Date: 28 July 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,853 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

The New Nintendo 3DS XL console.

Nintendo 3DS XL

Enjoy all your favourite 3DS games on the big screen with the new Nintendo 3DS XL console. The Nintendo 3DS XL's screen is 90% larger than the Nintendo 3DS, making it the biggest screen on any Nintendo handheld console. With so many great games available, you be pleased to know the Nintendo 3DS XL boasts a better battery life so you can play for even longer.

Features and Benefits

•  Rediscover your games with the larger screen - soar through even more epic landscapes in Kid Icarus: Uprising, or prepare for bigger frights in Resident Evil: Revelations.

•  Improved 3D and sweet spot to bring game worlds, enemies and heroes to life.

•  Longer battery life for longer exploration, racing multiplayer battling, and online gaming.

90% Bigger: The Nintendo 3DS XL
compared with the Nintendo 3DS

The Bigger Screen

Measuring at 4.88 inches, the Nintendo 3DS XL's 3D screen is the biggest screen ever featured on a Nintendo handheld console. 90% larger than the screens found on the Nintendo 3DS system, users will be amazed as the large screen delivers amazing 3D graphics without the use of glasses.

Perfect for revisiting old favourites or starting new adventures, Nintendo fans can expect a more engrossing experience in all their games. Fans of the Art Academy series will benefit especially; by taking advantage of the larger screens to make more precise brush strokes, players can get the feel of painting on a real canvas and take pride in displaying their works at the largest possible dimensions.

The Most Immersive 3D

The largest ever screen, enhances the impression of depth and creates the most immersive 3D experience possible. Players will see the Mushroom Kingdom brought to life on the 3DS XL and discover the beauty of Super Mario 3D Land as never before. No detail will be missed when players join Mario as he explores the brilliantly designed levels in his latest adventure to save Peach from Bowser.

Better Battery Life

Despite the increase in screen size, the Nintendo 3DS XL console boasts a better battery life than the Nintendo 3DS. The Nintendo 3DS XL has an impressive battery life of up to 6.5 hours when running 3DS software and up to 10 hours with DS software.

Gamers will be able to take their Nintendo 3DS XL console on the move, safe in the knowledge that it won't run out of valuable playing power. This means that avid Kid Icarus: Uprising players can engage in longer multiplayer battles - and more of them.

The AC adapter is not included with the console, but the Nintendo 3DS XL is compatible with all previous 3DS, DSi and DSi XL power cables.

Transfer Your Data

Take Miis everywhere and quickly transfer Miis and game data between devices. Using a WiFi connection, users can take advantage of the Wii's Mii Channel and the 3DS XL's Mii Maker to send Miis directly from one console to another.

Keep all game and StreetPass data as well as photos and Ambassador status when upgrading. By connecting the 3DS XL and a DSi or 3DS to the internet, the 3DS XL's System Transfer functionality can be used to easily move some or all data to the new console.

Packshot of the Nintendo 3DS XL.

What's In The Box?

  •  Nintendo 3DS XL console

  •  4 GB SD card

  •  Stylus

  •  Nintendo 3DS XL user manual

Product Specs

  •  Top Screen 4.88 inches

  •  Bottom screen 4.18 inches

  •  Length 156mm x Width 93mm x Height 22mm (closed)

  •  336g weight

  •  Battery life:

     -  Between 3.5hrs and 6.5hrs on 3ds software

     -  DS software between 6 and 10 hours

  •  4GB SD memory card included

  •  AC adapter not included

  •  Colours

     -  Red and black

     -  Blue and black

     -  Silver and black

Enjoy the same great 3DS features now on a bigger screen thanks to the Nintendo 3DS XL

3D Screen

Like previous handhelds released by Nintendo, the Nintendo 3DS XL incorporates both an upper and lower LCD display in a clamshell layout. The lower screen features familiar Nintendo touchscreen technology, is 4.18" with 320 x 240 pixel resolution and is capable of displaying 16.77 million colors, but the groundbreaking upper 3D screen of the Nintendo 3DS XL system is where Nintendo opens up a whole new world of eye-popping gameplay possibilities. This 4.88" display is capable of displaying approximately the same 16.77 million colors, but with 800 x 240 pixel resolution. 400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D viewing. This stereoscopic 3D display gives objects within the gameworld a feeling of space and depth that extends far into the back of the screen. This amazing depth of field effect vastly increases the ability to see the position of characters and obstacles in compatible game, making many game experiences even more intuitive for all types of players.

3D Depth Slider

A built-in 3D Depth Slider along the right side of the top display allows you to immediately adjust the intensity of the 3D settings on the Nintendo 3DS XL system to your liking. The 3D effect can also be turned down completely if the player so chooses. All Nintendo 3DS XL games and applications can be played in 2D, and look better when played on the Nintendo 3DS XL than any Nintendo handheld before it.

Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor

Portable play control reaches a new level with the Nintendo 3DS XL's Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor combination. Together these precision built-in features allow for new and unique gameplay mechanics as the 3DS XL reacts to real-time motion and tilt. Whether players are twisting their systems side to side, or moving it up and down, their motion-compatible Nintendo 3DS XL games respond instantly.

Circle Pad Analogue Control

With the Circle Pad, located above the + Control Pad, Nintendo 3DS XL offers full analogue control in 3D game worlds. 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.

3D Camera Functionality

Along with a digital camera facing inwards towards the player, the Nintendo 3DS XL system features two outer cameras positioned along its upper edge when device is open. These two cameras see the world in 3D, much like the human eye, allowing for the creation of 3D photos - and a similar 3D effect to that seen in Nintendo 3DS games. All cameras feature 640 x 480 resolutions with single focus lenses that use the CMOS capture element and an active pixel count is approximately 300,000 pixels.

Adjustable Stylus

The adjustable Nintendo 3DS Stylus takes the idea of touch control to a new and even more user-friendly level. Once removed from the holder, the stylus length can be adjusted to your liking with a simple push or pull. Now anyone can achieve the optimum level of comfort while playing games that use the stylus.

Other Key Features


Nintendo 3DS XL brings fellow players together in exciting new ways with StreetPass communication. Set your Nintendo 3DS XL 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, making virtual connections with real world people you encounter in your daily life.


Nintendo 3DS includes SpotPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and obtain information, game data, free software, videos and so on for players even when the system is in sleep mode.

4 GB SD Memory Card Included

Every Nintendo 3DS XL system comes packed with a 4 GB SD memory card. You can use this SD memory card to store your 3D photos, and sound recordings created on the Nintendo 3DS system, and music from your PC. You can also use it to store games downloaded from the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo 3DS system has SDHC card compatibility to increase your storage space even further.

Backwards Compatibility

Almost all existing Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games can be played on a Nintendo 3DS system in 2D. With backwards compatibility, your existing portable games look and play just as well.

Wireless Communications

Nintendo 3DS utilises a frequency of 2.4 GHz, enabling local wireless communication among multiple Nintendo 3DS systems for game play and StreetPass, as well as access to the Internet through wireless LAN access points (supports IEEE802.11 b/g with the WPA/WPA2 security feature). Recommended distance of wireless communication is within 98.4 feet. This can be shorter depending on the environmental situation.

Box Contains

Nintendo 3DS XL console;4 GB SD card;Stylus;Nintendo 3DS XL user manual

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sukh on 28 July 2012
At first I was undecided about purchasing the 3DS XL as I already had the Aqua blue 3DS and was reasonably happy with it. However I played Mario Land 3D in a Game retail store and was suprised how clear and nice the screens were.

The main reasons I prefer the 3DS XL are:

1) The Silver 3DS XL comes in a matt finish which is less prone to finger prints and smudging.
2) The lower screen was way too small on the original 3DS and found both larger screens are so much better on XL.
3) The battery now lasts 6 hours (original lasted 3 - 4 hours) which means less charging.
4) The buttons and analog stick are spread out more and feel a lot less cramped.
5) The 3D affect is much more clearer on the larger screens and even if you look at the 3DS XL at an angle it does not pose a problem.

The upscale to the big screen is great and very clear. I completed games like Mario Land 3D and Mario Kart 7 a while ago but on the new system they feel fresh and new again. I have started playing them and having so much fun the second time around.

If you own games like Street Fighter 4, Tekken 3D and Dead or Alive Dimensions then this new system is a must as the fight sequences and finishing moves are so much more satisfying on the larger screens. I found it easier to pull off the touch screen combos on the lower screen now as, I can touch the combos I want on Dead or Alive. I now play games like Mario with the 3D turned on. I use to find the 3D really annoying on the 3DS but on the 3DS XL the 3D is actually OK and I have no problem keeping it on for most games (on a low level) without any bother.

I have started watching videos on the Eurosport and Nintendo Video apps because of the screen sizes. I did not enjoy watching clips on the original 3DS.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug McGrave on 11 Jan. 2014
I'd heard the 3DS XL came sans charger, but that it was because Nintendo wanted to keep the price down (yeah right) and because they believed many people already had a charger from their previous Nintendo handheld, and seeing as how I had a DS Lite I thought I'd be sorted. Wrong, it was a case of square peg and round hole, so I had a brand spanking new 3DS XL, brand spanking new games for it, and no damn charger. Thankfully compatible chargers are readily available, and I managed to get hold of one pretty promptly, but that's not the point.

Well, now that I have a brand spanking new charger and have managed to actually charge my brand spanking new 3DS XL I'm finding it a pretty good machine. Battery life is less than what my DS Lite achieved but I still get hours of gameplay and the 3D is pretty impressive albeit a bit sore on the eyes after a while, regular breaks are highly recommended. My major gripe was and still is that missing charger, one should have been included as lame assed excuses don't provide power.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fast Friday on 10 Dec. 2012
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I've gotta say, this new iteration of the 3DS is nothing short of beautiful! I've been a Nintendo DS/DSL user for a long time now and didn't really care for the original 3DS. So why buy one now you might ask?

Firstly the design is more ergonomic/curvy and really fits your hands like a glove. The bigger screens really bring to life any game you are playing be it a 3DS cartridge or a DSL game. Sadly due to a bigger screen the speakers had to have a downsize/downgrade and aren't as loud as original 3DS. I really love the screens though! Such a step up from the NDS.

Secondly The hardware features such as the 3D slider have a lockdown postion now so no more accidental turning on of the 3D during use. Also the HOME,SELECT,START buttons are now easier to press/use. Lastly the stylus is positioned nicely to the right just like the NDS which I like. Left handers on the other hand might be livid. Also the battery life has now increased twofold! 3-6 hours 3DS games or 6-10 hours DS games which is crucial in a portable gaming device imo.

So why 4 out of 5 despite the glowing review. Well the device is now a tad heftier in weight due to the supersize treatment. As such it can get heavy to hold in place whilst gaming or watching video but especially when utilising the 3D. Also the weight might be bad for ppl with arthritis in the wrists. The sweetspot is now more lenient but any significant movement either by your hands or by your face means a blurring of the image and this is distressing for your eyes and may cause headaches in some ppl.

Also the exclusion of a second circle pad by Nintendo on a gaming device is a slight letdown. There is no excuse not to include one now that the real estate usable on the device has increased dramatically.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ged Hartshorn on 9 May 2013
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My 6 year old is a very happy boy now he's received the 3DS XL. I like the idea of parental controls, especially being able to turn off the 3D setting (I would't want him using this until next year). My only gripe would be the fact that it doesn't come with a charger! Is that not akin to buying a new car and not being given the key? It only costs around £6 or so for a charger, but that's not the point. Why Nintendo didn't include a charger with just the XL model, I really don't know.
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