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

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Platform : Nintendo 3DS
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4.5 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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

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  • ASIN: B00B5Q83KW
  • Release Date: 20 Sept. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,197 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Nintendo 3DS XL Hardware Black, Handheld 3D gaming goes large – EXTRA large! With the Nintendo 3DS XL Black.Nintendo 3DS is your handheld portal to a world of amazing games and features, allowing you to connect with friends and the global Nintendo community with sharing options like never before. Take your handheld gaming experience to another dimension with Nintendo 3DS.Features:•Enjoy extra-large screens: The Nintendo 3DS XL screens are around 90% bigger than those on the Nintendo 3DS system. You'll be able to enjoy all your favourite games on bigger screens, with the same 3D graphic capability and all the features of Nintendo 3DS. •Longer battery life: The battery life of the Nintendo 3DS XL has been extended, allowing you to enjoy gaming on the go for even longer.•All the functions of Nintendo 3DS: With the Nintendo 3DS XL system, you can enjoy all the same great features found on Nintendo 3DS. It comes with all the same built-in software, letting you play games in full 3D, take 3D photos and videos, play games using the AR Card that comes included with the Nintendo 3DS XL system, and download all kinds of software from Nintendo eShop.•More SD Card space: The Nintendo 3DS XL comes with a 4GB SD Card, which means you'll have even more space to save games you've downloaded from the Nintendo eShop, along with 3D photos you've taken, videos and much more.Please note – the 3DS XL does not include an AC adaptor; this will be sold separately. However, the adaptor from the 3DS and DSi is compatible with the 3DS XL.

From the Manufacturer

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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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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After my old DS lite wore out, I bought this with the express intention of buying Pokémon Y to go with it. This console was the cheapest black 3DS XL I found anywhere (and I compared it with LOADS of sites), and it works extremely well. It was well packed and packaged, arrived in perfect condition and has not left my bedside table since. The model is durable and I can't imagine going back to a smaller screen now. Though the bigger screen size means that the resolution is slightly worse than the smaller model, it's not actually something you notice. I love, love, love it!
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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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A friend gave me money to buy this for myself, I suspected I wouldn't like it.

First of this is an ergonomic nightmare. If you're in a career that has given you RSI in the past, you can be sure that this device is likely to give you bad hand problems with just minutes of gaming. Nintendo's products are some of the most anti-ergonomic devices I have ever used in my life. It might be fine if you have tiny palms, otherwise you're going to have to invest in an attachment. If you're young you probably won't have this problem (trust me though, you might get some nasty pains when you get older if you're at a computer all day).

The 3D is a useless gimmick which you won't even notice when gaming. As such it is a waste of money going towards something that isn't required. Nintendo did release the 2DS, but that is a huge slab that is no where near as compact.

The games are extremely expensive for what they are. Over £35 for ports of N64 games. And a big "f you" to the consumer who wants to use the online store, it's more expensive than going out and buying physical copies. As a Steam user this blows my mind. This is more of a console issue though so I guess I can't really blame the 3DS for this (e.g Alien isolation being £25 on PC and £45 on xboxone).

There's maybe a total of 3 games worth owning on this system if you're not a fan of the beaten dead horse intellectual properties of Nintendo. I'm finding it hard to find quality games as some one who is overly bored of Mario, never enjoyed Smash bros, has no interest in Zelda, and finds Pokemon to be the most insipid turn based RPG out there. If you are a fan of these old IPs that get a new version every year or so you'll probably have no shortage of games. Otherwise I'd suggest putting your money elsewhere.
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I bought the 3DS XL so I can play 'retro' games that Nintendo is famous for.

Currently Nintendo is doing a deal where you buy the console and a selected game when resisted on Club Nintendo you will get a free game Super Mario 3D Land (£31). Which is a great game.

The only issues I can fault the console for is that the screens are low resolution (but I already knew that going in). The other issue that I found with the black version of the console is the hinge is too loose for my liking. However after research and another console it was found to be "normal". But the replacement was worst so I keep the first one. The silver/black version that I bought for a family member does not suffer from this.

Some people may get caught out on Christmas Day with not being able to charge the 3DS XL as unlike the US versions of the console, the EU does not get a charger included. However this is warned a number of times on most retails information on the console and the retail box itself.

Both the screen resolution and the charger issues are not enough for me to review this product with one or more less stars that others have done.

The graphics may be low and limited but who cares this is a console for fun..

Update 14May14: When the 3d is active on the screen you will get ghosting. A quick Google search shows this happens alot to customers. Even when they are sweetspot, as such dropping the stars from 5 to 4.
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