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Bigger Nintendo 3DS Console Revealed

Posted by James Newton

Updated with battery life, dimensions

Nintendo will release a bigger Nintendo 3DS console later this year.

The new console offers a 4.88" top screen, and the total viewing area on the top and bottom screens has increased by a massive 90%. According to Nintendo, it's the biggest screen ever available on a handheld Nintendo console, but the resolution is unchanged. It's also Nintendo's heaviest handheld console since the Game Boy, weighing in at 336g compared to the DSi XL's 314g.

It comes with a 4GB SD card too, up from the regular system's 2GB. In Japan and Europe it will not come with an AC adaptor or charging cradle; in North America, the 3DS XL will come with an AC adaptor. Here are the official dimensions with some other consoles for comparison:

Nintendo 3DS XL: Length 156mm x Width 93mm x Height 22mm (closed) Weight: 336g.
Nintendo 3DS: Length 134mm x Width 74mm x Height 21mm (closed) Weight: 235g.
Nintendo DSi XL Length 161mm x Width 91mm x Height 21mm (closed) Weight: 314g.

The console also gets a boost in battery life compared to the regular 3DS console:

Nintendo 3DS XL
3DS software — Between 3.5hrs and 6.5hrs
DS software — Between 6hrs and 10hrs

Nintendo 3DS
3DS software — Between 3hrs and 5hrs
DS software — Between 5hrs and 8hrs.

3DS XL launches in North America for $199.99 on 19th August, alongside New Super Mario Bros. 2. It will be available in red and blue.

In Europe, 3DS XL launches on 28th July. It will come in red + black, blue + black and a neat silver + black version.

Seems like Nikkei was right after all.

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User Comments (360)



Wintendo said:

Wait, no AC adaptor? My brain is jumbled right now... that's the charging cord, right? xD If so, I can picture little kids being disappointed at the fact that they can't charge their 3DS...

Anyways, it sounds cool, but I'll stick with my 3DS.



Contrary said:

This makes me a little mad. And it is so much cheaper than what I bought my 3DS for. It's also going to be harder for people to carry the thing around and get steps.



CBattles6 said:

It would be nice to have the bigger screens, but that thing just looks cartoony. Good luck carrying it around in your pocket.



Neram said:

I'll only get it if they upscaled the resolution in proportion with the screens. If it's the same res it will look like crap.



Radbot42 said:

It looks awesome, will get one if it comes out in purple and when i can afford one, kinda broke, but i still got my launch black 3ds on me



Supremeist said:

Aw, man. It'll probably stretch the pixels and be annoying to carry around away. I had the DSi XL and kinda liked the fact it was bigger, but it was NOT worth the weight capacity and not being able to fit in your pocket and stuff.

Although something in me wants a 3DS XL, the no extra circle pad kills it for me. I'm glad cause I got to save money for other things.



Emaan said:

Looks pretty bad. Oh well. The more options the better. I guess I'll never understand these XL designs. I think I'm just going to stick with my slick original 3DS.



Chunky_Droid said:

Kinda want it, no AC adapter is no problem for me, if your one of the millions who own a DSi or 3DS there won't be an issue there, kinda baffling though all the same.

No second circle pad seems like a mistake too.



GCNSean said:

It is amazing how the state of gamers are these days... Most of them act like spoiled brats... They complain about EVERYTHING. The 3DS XL is another option, and last time I checked the 3DS was selling fine with just 1 slider. 3DS XL = Day One Buy for me. Looks pretty slick, just wish the US was getting a white version (like Japan)..



AltDotNerd said: does it charge without the AC adapter? Perhaps just the charging cradle? Also, they can't just add a second circle pad, it would still be missing the ZL/ZR buttons. Why does everyone think the circle pad pro is just an extra circle pad?!



Morpheel said:

I just opened the site and I see this.WT*********

....I want it, even if it's ugly.



ianmage1 said:

The bottom screen of the 3DSXL is bigger than the top screen of the regular 3DS. That seems sorta sad to me...



komicturtle said:

Cannot wait. This is the ideal 3DS for me. Couldn't be more excited to upgrade. Last time, was to DSi and that was a significant change from DSlite starting with cameras and DSiShop. This one is going to be PERFECT for my Art Academy and Colors! 3D. My digital paintings



k8sMum said:

yep, what aviator_dragon said. i will have one asap after launch and pass my 3ds to my son. i don't see anything that looks 'bad'. and, since i carry a purse wherever i go, that's not a problem either.

@l4dykom1c: yeah, i want to be able to really use my 'colors! 3d, also.

now, if they'd only release it in a lovely shade of green...



Hokori said:

Yeah at least it's not a real redesign, it's just bigger so I won't have to buy it be cause it has new features, rather just spend that money on a bigger SD Card or the wii U



Ichiban said:

I'll probably get this, the current 3DS screen is way too small. But has the image quality improved also? If not then this is kinda pointless. And to echo everyone else, why no 2nd circle pad?! Thats just really, really, really dumb.....
Get off the crack already Nintendo, common sense is knocking at your door!
Either way, a step in the right direction. Nintendo loves taking baby steps though



WolfRamHeart said:

I like it. I think the much bigger screens are great but I am disappointed that there is no second circle pad. I really hope that the battery life is improved now. I need to see what the launch colors look like before I decide if I really want to upgrade. Oh and I don't mind about the AC adapter. I am still using the adapter from my DSi to charge my current 3DS, as long as it is compatible with the 3DS XL then I am good.



Tasuki said:

No second circle pad means no sale for me. Nice try Nintendo trying to make me buy a revision of the CPP.

@WolfRamHeart: For NA they said Red and BLue are the launch colors



WolfRamHeart said:

@Tasuki: Okay, cool thanks for that info. I missed that part. Can't wait to see what they look like. I wish that black was a launch color though.



DrDingus said:

Whether or not I buy this depends entirely on whether or not you can transfer ALL of the data from your original 3DS to the 3DSXL. If not, then YOU WIN THIS ROUND, NINTENDO. I should have seen it coming.



motang said:

On the fence about buying this one to replace my 3DS, I want to know if I can transfer everything to it.



Garo said:

There's no second Circle Pad so this just seems stupid to me, especially if they release a CPPXL. Still, if the screen resolution was better and there'd be no region lock I'd probably buy this.



Zach777 said:

So much for StreetPassing with anyone if you get that monster... that will not fit in normal-sized pockets...



emiru69 said:

Not really sure... I'm having a hard time imagine myself playing Kid Icarus while trying to hold this monster...



Millenia said:

Definitely getting! But I think I'm going to hold off a bit in case they come out with different colors or something. I got screwed with Aqua Blue. -_-



BattleBorn said:

Let's recap here:

-Hideous design
-Overly big and unergonomic for portable play (try playing Kid Icarus Uprising on this)
-No second stick, even though a vast majority of key 3DS software is console remakes and console-lite games
-AC adapter sold separately
-No confirmation on whether the resolution is improved
-No confirmation on whether or not you can transfer content

This seems like a staggeringly poor redesign and an equally poor unveiling. And I thought Nintendo would never top their Wii U presentation botch at E3.



Bubbab5 said:

Can't wait but I'll be peeved if it doesn't allow all my miis and downloaded games to go to it and everything else



sonic_brawler95 said:

I'm not exactly sure what to think about the 3DSXL right since I'm pretty much half asleep right, but the DSiXL was definally a nice system. I'm curious about how games will actually look on this thing, and if the 3D effect is enhanced or affected in any way. Longer battery life is a big plus, but by how much, we don't know yet. I'm not sure if I see myself buying a 3DSXL, because the one major flaw the DSiXL had to me was that it wasn't as portable as a normal DSi.

Unless the 3DSXL enhances things like resolution or power, or if something tragic happens to my 3DS, I think I'll hold off on an XL, I mean, I still need to be sure I can afford a Wii U. D:



Expa0 said:

This monstrosity literally came outta nowhere.

E: I bet the DS games look pristine on this if they scretch to the whole screen.



Bubbab5 said:

THANK YOU NINTENDO!!!!!! I'll finally be able to read LoZ OoT story and understand the game



Chunky_Droid said:

@GCNSean: The only problem with one slider is that now they need to release ANOTHER peripheral in order to properly play 3DS games that support it. Not spoiled at all.



Malkeor said:

glasses-less 3D is gonna be pimpin' for this
Also why isn't the surrounding area not black where the screen is? ...grrrr



Malkeor said:

Battery life is 6-10 hours by the way, for the 3DS XL

Edit: Sorry 6-10 for DS games

And about 3.5-6.5 for 3DS games.



StreetRat said:

I really like how it's not all shiny everywhere. That's the part that really annoyed me about the original design.



steamhare said:

If I had the money for this, I'd give it to nintendo happily. But I don't. That's that.



emiru69 said:

Thanks Malkeor for the info, that so much better... I think I will complain for a few more days until i accept the fact that I'm going to buy one... ^_^



Drewroxsox said:

Yawn.... If that's the BIGGEST news that happened on nintendo direct, then I'm glad I watched the NBA finale instead. No second circle pad is disappointing though. Just imagine the size of the 3GS XL pro. It has got to be a mammoth. I will not be purchasing this because you would look ridiculous carrying that thing around.



pixelman said:

This baby looks sick. I wonder if they improved the color saturation of the screen. My DS lite looks more vibrant than my 3DS.



linkster55 said:

This is rather disappointing...Im pretty sure they said they were happy with how the 3DS was now and that there wouldn't be a newer model in the works. sigh I was really looking forward to a new slimmer 3DS with a second circle pad built in.



Sockymon said:

Fugly waste of time. Stop rehashing hardware and get more games out, please Nintendo.



kurtasbestos said:

Didn't Nintendo say like a million billion times recently that they weren't going to release a new 3DS? And not that I care about the second circle pad, but why is it not on this thing?? Still, I totally want one.



FluttershyGuy said:

Thank you for reminding me about the fitting-in-pocket issue. I feel slightly better now (aside from originally paying over 50 dollars more for a system that's getting an update a little over a year later that's bigger than mine & Better battery). Geez, Nintendo is early playing the handheld update game. They better not have NSMB 2 customized to look better on this one than the old model, since it's releasing at the same time.



StarDust4Ever said:

I sincerely hope they bundle the 3DS XL with Super Mario Bros. Instant day one purchase for me, and I will immediately do a system transfer as soon as I boot up the console.



TheBadGuy said:

This is beyond ridiculous. Fail-and-a-half on Nintendo's part. They just continue to screw up the 3DS and piss off the people who have already bought it. Not putting in a second circle pad makes no sense whatsoever. And if Nintendo has the audacity to release a Circle Pad Pro XL, I'm done with them. The sad thing is they probably will do just that. What a farce.



TysonOfTime said:

Yeah guys. It's been confirmed that the US version WILL come with an AC adapter. (Presumably the PAL version as well)



James said:

@TysonQ7 The EU show made a big deal of saying it would have no AC adaptor. US one will though; have updated the article accordingly.



PuzzleMaster7 said:

Why do you think that Nintendo will be selling the 3DS XL and the Wii U in the same year? Obviously for money but then there will be competition between the two systems. Not many people would buy both within a few months difference.



ToastyYogurt said:

Am I the only one that sees "no AC adapter" as a writing mistake? I'm sure it's a mistake by the writer. He probably meant to say "charging cradle." Nintendo would have to be crazy, stupid, and/or money hungry to not include the proprietary component that gives your console life. It's pretty much unwritten law to include everything one needs to get a product started in the box. To do otherwise would make consumers mad. (As evidenced here. )

Also, what's with the inside's top being white? I thought that the border on 3DSs were all black because it makes the 3D effect easier to see. Maybe border color doesn't matter when the screen is that large?

Eh, I'm not getting one. I'd rather stick with my pocket-sized, PORTABLE portable.



PuzzleMaster7 said:

@Destroyer64 It will come with an AC adapter. James pointed it out on comment #80. Also, I believe the inside's top will be the same color as the outside surface.



cfgk24 said:

People! We should all be happy that 3ds is selling so well that Nintendo are happy to invest in bringing a larger console to market. This is only good news!
Great for Netflix Users! Great for Colors 3D and Art Acadamy artists and very handy for Korg DS10+ and Korg M01 musicians!



WolfRamHeart said:

Thanks for updating the article with the extra info guys. Nice that the US is getting an AC adaptor after all but I assume that means no charging cradle. That black and silver color that Europe is getting sounds sweet. I see that the battery life is slightly improved. Hmm, not sure if I really need one of these since my current 3DS is working just fine but I really love the bigger screens. Decisions, decisions!



RevolverLink said:

Eh, I'll pass. I bought my 3DS not too long ago and I'm not typically a fan of less portable portables anyway.



James said:

@Destroyer64 I can assure you it is not a writing mistake. Watch this video from about 2m 11 and Mr Shibata specifically says Europe will not get an AC adaptor. The NA 3DS XL will come with an adaptor, EU one will not. Not a mistake this time



luminalace said:

Awesome..kinda! No AC is that all about. Why no 2nd circle pad? Cheap b@$tards! Also July 28...that's too soon! Time to save!



emiru69 said:

@ cfgk24: I'm 100% with you, the only problem that I have is that I just bought a second 3DS when my first one stopped working. Now I wish I knew this sooner so I wait for the XL. I'm not blaming Nintendo is just bad luck and bad timing.



Ren said:

wait, what?! I was all mad about this happening now mostly because I don't like being lied to, and I want better cameras. Does no one else care about taking better res pictures with this? If the cameras are further apart then the 3d effect could be better too. but it must be unchanged.
but, but, big screen portable 3d games?! I wanted a Xl dsi but I waited for 3ds. And most exciting is the Matte screen!!! How can I be the only one that feels like gloss cripples it's use MOST of the time. Even in evening room light there is reflection, it's horrible. I'll get it for the matte screen alone. I even put on a Cover protector and it's still bad. Big screen with no glare means a true 3d experience.



DreamOn said:

I really don't know what to think.. Maybe better? Will it enhance the experience? The res isn't better and NA colors are dissapointing. If it came in all white.. likely no cpp with this version. Ehh, probly get it after watching YouTube unboxings 10 times over if it looks good.



GTWarrior77 said:

What I like about the new console is that it seems to be not as shiny as the current model. I wonder what the screen resolution will be like?

I don't understand why Nintendo haven't added a 2nd circle pad now. Naturally Nintendo has to make their money with this first before they release a dual analog model which is probably already designed. As someone stated earlier, I find the timing of the release of this 3DS interesting. Why do this a few months before the Wii U is released? For this reason I stand to believe that we will see a dual analog version in late 2013.

Personally I couldn't be bothered to buy this. I like my portable devices, well, to be portable. My current 3DS is the perfect size for what I need it to be.



cfgk24 said:

@KodyWB-98 Thanks Cody!
More consoles = more owners = more games = better budgets for game development = better games! It's all good! Thank Nintendo!

I really like Iwata bowing in his presentations - treating players with Respect!



emiru69 said:

Thanks for the info.
@cfgk24: I'm 100% with you. I have older friends who just can't deal with the actual screen of the 3DS. They always say "It's really nice but I just can't read the screen". I'm sure the 3DS XL will be a hit.



WaxxyOne said:

That looks tempting, but I doubt I'll pick one up. I don't even want to know what they're planning to do with the Circle Pad Pro games on this beast, and just making it bigger is not a good enough reason for me to drop another $200 on it. The one I have is fine.

If they had been able to integrate the CPP into it I would probably have considered it worth the cost.

Also, I really have to wonder how well the 3D works on a screen that big. Is the "sweet spot" even harder to find? Maybe it looks even better. Guess we'll have to wait and see.



Jono97 said:

Is it me? or I find the 3DS LL !UGLY! From my point of view, it looks like a piece of plastic.



WaveGhoul said:

@Pixel manI know what you mean regarding the DS having more color saturation than the 3DS, but i doubt that will be improved.

Anyways! I'm tempted to get a 3DS LL + NSMB2 bundle going on during release. If the games do in fact look good on these larger screens than I'm all for it. If it gets the blurrier/fuzzy treatment than it's a pass.



Tatsufox said:

Is it just me but the redesign is BUTT ugly. I know the 3ds got smudge but i rather like the cake layer effect it looked sleek and not just a toy but a piece of fine electronics this new redesign looks So cheap, the mate look feels kinda cheap form what i have seen on the pics, the 3ds depth light is gone the street pass etc light is slimmer but i rather like the square as it is a larger light to see if you have it in your pocket. Yes the home button etc are actual buttons now which is a great addition but i hope the screen resolution is better then how the dsi xl was and we know the camera's are not better which i wish they were. I too wish the ccp would be added in i know there are like 4 or 5 games that can use it but serious they have the space. i think another concern is the think screen, i know the 3ds seems frail but this looks even worse i hope the hinge does jiggle like my 3ds. I think ill stick my my good old faithful 3ds till i get my hands on a xl and see if it is really worth the 200 dollar minimal upgrade.



citizenerased said:

Hate the shell-shape, way too round. Speakers look odd.

Haven't gotten a 3DS yet, not sure what to do. Guess I'll give it a spin in a store. Given that I do all my portable gaming on iOS device and strictly buy this for the new Zelda/Metroid games, I might just grab the redesign for a more console-like approach.



kobe1724 said:

@Andrewroxsox Go Heat!!! Lebron James baby!!! And about this, I'm not gonna get it, but I just wish my 3DS would've had the matte design, because I HATE extremely visible fingerprints and smudges all over it!!!




Should have been available at launch. Its a bit to large for a dual screen handheld device. Single screen - fair enough. Also, do the want to shift a significant number of XL units and wii u units in the same year? The same cosumer is to buy both? Its only been a year and a half after 3DS launch so are u telling me they couldn't have released this a year and a half ago at 3DS launch? Could trade my 3DS in for an XL, but I have an enormous amoint of data to transfer which prevents me from trading in at the point of purchasing the 3DS XL. I'm not happy tbh but understand this happens in the capitalist extremist world.




Also, it won't make a game like Rayman Origins better. Nintendo video isn't good enough yet to warrant an XL purchase. How many home 3D home videos and pictures do u take?



2-D said:


'No new console' 'No new console' 'No new console' nauseum

'ok, new console. No improvements.'



Metalskull said:

Well might consider buying this one if its released with a collector's bundle or in purple.



Smooth27 said:

Anybody who wants a second circle pad should email nintendo about it. I know i am



WiiLovePeace said:

Man I'm very pumped for 3DS XL, I wonder how much bigger than the DSi XL it is since the DSi XL fits easily into my pockets. Either way I'm getting it as soon as EB Games allow me to preorder So excited! 1st console I'll have ever preordered & picked up at launch



Lalivero said:

It looks ok with the matte and it being bigger, but other than that I see no reason to release my current 3DS.

Now if it came with a 2nd CP, better resolution/cameras, among a few other things, it would have been a must buy, imo. This, in its current state, is something to make us ambassadors feel even worse about our purchase(s).



Einherjar said:

So much for "There will be no 3DS redesign in the near future" -.- Seeing that this redesign has no second circlepad would mean that we wont use the CPP anytime soon with first party games, so they can market them especially for the XL version.



Koapa said:

It´s not fair Nintendo. You said, you wont make a bigger 3DS!
This one has the same resolution (bigger dots ???) and I will need also new CPP (bigger one). Battery improved only 0,5 H, what is nothing.
I wont buy this one



ThreadShadow said:

Yay! This looks good enough to buy! I don't have a 3DS yet, and I ws waiting for either an XL or redesign to be announced before getting one. I guess I get this nice looking 3DS XL, but I want a nice white one like the white regular 3DS in Japan. If nothing happens I might settle for the red one. My first DS was red and black like that...awe...the memories!

I expect the full redesign to be announced at next years E3...but maybe they just might forget the redesign and jump straight to the next generation handheld...I wonder...



DaveGX said:

Heh, no extra circle pad, what a surpise! Come on, guys, you hada see this coming if you follow Nintnedo's handheld pattern every time they had an updated version, especially where the DS line is concerned. Now my only problem with this XL model is 1 I hope we can maybe at least copy over what data we have, say computer copy files from the 2GB SD card to the 4GB SD (like if you copy the exact data via copy and paste) without it coming back and erroring rendering our DLC, saves, data, etc useless or messages like that. and 2, I hope Nintnedo's gonna be smart about this XL model and accommodate us with a Circle Pad Pro XL, and none of that GameStop Exclusive crap. What's up with that anyway? CPP was an official Nintendo product!



crazyj2312 said:

I would consider getting it if it optimizes the games rather than stretches them out. Dosen't the DSi XL make DS games slightly more pixelated?



Lalivero said:

@DaveGX , that is already a problem to me. Literally nobody around where I live has CPPs, let alone even knows what they are. It's one of the reasons I was hoping for the next model to have one built in.



Big_Al1 said:

Reasons I want it:
-This will fit nicely in my huge hands. Looking forward to play Blazblue without crippling myself.
-The screen will be a boon for painting with Colors3D.
-I'm certain DS games will look great in native resolution.
-Portability is not an issue for me, I usually carry a backpack or a laptop bag wherever I go. Worse case scenario, I stop by and stock up on cargo pants; I'm fashion minded like that.
-CPP is not a deal breaker for me, I'm interested in the GAMES, not the HARDWARE. Smart developers will figure a way to deal with any disadvantage.
-I was saving for this, so it's a day one purchase for me.



Link977 said:

It'll be nicer to see my games on a bigger screen Some games like BlazBlue the text is almost unreadable good thing they did this



19Robb92 said:

This is awesome! i'm buying that giant thing say one. My only question is.. If I do a system transfer, will all my StreetPass info etc. get transferred as well?



SaSoBe said:

Won't get one unless my current one decides to die. Seriously, that thing is pretty ugly. And too big. Ugh.



Geonjaha said:

Does anyone know how DS games play in terms of screen size? Will it have the DSi resolution or still manage to make it as ugly as on the regular 3DS?



SanFrisco9er said:

You gotta be kidding me. >:/i want a 3ds exactly like the original but with a matte finish and a touch screen that is not raised to scratch the top screen, thats all i want.



Tallion said:

This is really freaking awesome...... but I absolutely will not buy it without a built in second slider pad. What the hell was Nintendo thinking by not adding one in?!



SanFrisco9er said:

and why not bundle the XL with a 4gb card? oh yeah they found out 2gb wasn't enough memory for NSMB. 2, Luigis Mansion, Paper Mario, etc to fit all in when you have nintendo video, a gang of demos, trailers, music files, photos, downladed software, and other random stuff. We were and still are BETA testers. i wish i had space to download Paper Mario…but i dont. it's all cool though i'll find a way.



BudrSbastig said:

I'm half way through resident evil, do I wait to get XL......of finish it on my normal 3ds? I think ReR will look great on bigger screen!



Smooth27 said:

Will it seriously hurt nintendo to add a second analoge? It's only better for devs, and i dont mind paying an extra 10 bucks aslong as they add one.



emiru69 said:

336g?! That's awesome I can play and get fit and the same time! What?!
I'm an optimist. ^_^
After seeing this pictures I can say: My body is Reggie! I mean... ready! oh never mind I'm too tired for this... Good night everyone!



Fuzzy said:

Would probably pick one up, but don't like the colours. Might wait a while.



emiru69 said:

What I don't understand is why Europe gets a third color (silver) and US gets stuck with red or blue? Strange choice



Moshugan said:

@Mahary My question also. Maybe 199€?
So if the euro version doesn't come with an AC adaptor can you use your old one?



Koos said:

Good for Nintendo. Hope it sells well. My hands ate kinda small so not sure which I prefer.



Mayhem said:

I guess this means a new Circle Pad Pro interface too... but seeing as I haven't got around to buying a 3DS yet, this might be the start. Until there's another revision...



Moshugan said:

@ryanthehedgehog Well, I for one don't exactly like using the d-pad on the 3DS. It's usable, but still a little awkward.
But I agree, two circle pads would've been usefull.

But hey, might the 3D sweet spot be wider?



TheNXtMetroid said:

I don't grow money nintendo. This makes me, an early adopter, very mad. What is he point of thIs updrage?



schizor said:

This really pisses me off... I agree with Nintyking.... For the love of god, make an extra circlepad at least... :-/



hYdeks said:

YEAAAAAH!!! bounces off the walls SWEET! I'll be getting a red one day one more than likely, awesome news!!!



hYdeks said:

hmm, after looking a thinking for a second, people with 3DS circle pad will probably find this system kinda useless :S



aaronsullivan said:

This is going to be the device that probably makes me give in to the 3DS. Less cramped (hopefully), easier to have an onlooker or two while playing... I still hope there is some way, eventually, to get these games on a big screen with the Wii U (it's a pipe dream, but Nintendo is all about pipes).

Reactions here are amusing to say the least.

"I'm mad because I bought the original and this is better, but it's worse and ugly and doesn't have another circle pad which would only anger me more because then it makes my original seem like a mistake and this one is better but it's bad and horrible and I want it but I'm mad because... I'm on the internet and my unconsidered comments arriving online before others is what's important."



blacKnight said:

Seriously?!!!! People asked bigger 3ds and here's what you get, and yet you still all complain?!!! I must be in the wrong world, you can't really tell what people thinks, you all SUCK..!..



Burning_Spear said:

It looks like they changed the Home, Select and Start buttons to actual buttons, which is a good thing. Yes, it's ugly, but for the opportunity to ditch the reading glasses, I'm buying it.



rjejr said:

Wait a minute, they announced a new system 3DS XL and the price and date AT THE SAME TIME?!?!?!?
Yet they announced Wii U over a year ago at E3 and we still don't have a date or price!?!?!
Screw you Nintendo.




Another point I've thought of to follow on from my previous posts.will the 3D effect be less sharp on a big screen? The resolution isn't that high on the 3DS is it? Also are 3D effetcd attenuated to specific screen size for the game? I'm not a tech expert to that level.



Kirk said:

I'm not sure if I've ever seen a Nintendo console, home or handheld, that looked more like a cheap Fisher Price toy for young children than I think this does.

It's in the big rounded chunky cheap plastic look of everything. You can definitely see where they've made a few cost savings on this thing that's for sure.

Note: You don't have to post images or links to a Nintendo console that YOU think looks even more like a cheap Fisher Price toy because that's not the point of the point I'm making.



cammy said:

I have mixed feelings about this. I like my 3DS and it feels a bit of a kick in the gut to hear about the XL with longer battery life.

On the other hand, the bigger screen plus stylus would certainly be cool for Colors! 3D and Art Academy. That would be a great application.

Also for watching video clips. Both my kids gather around the 3DS to watch the new Shaun the Sheep - a bigger screen would be great for that. I wonder though will there ever be 3D movies on the 3DS? That would be a big selling point for a bigger 3D screen.

And I have to wonder... how does it compare to the Wii U gamepad? Are they looking at people who'll get the Wii U and want a second gamepad? It's less portable than the 3DS, but I find for many of the games, like Kid Icarus, it's better playing sitting on the sofa than while waiting for a bus.



cod45 said:

I have a 3DS and im not getting a 3DS XL it looks bad the 3DS small is batter then the 3DS XL sorry Nintendo



ChosenOne25 said:

Just so you guys know, in America, the 3ds XL will come with a charger. This has been confirmed by Reggie, not long after the Presentation. The one's in Europe won't come with one though, so yeah, here you have it. Lucky Americans!



Chunky_Droid said:

After seeing 3DS games on my HDTV from trailers, I won't have an issue with what they look like on this screen.

Also the matte finish is compelling, and my flame red 3DS cripples my hands with long play time..... dammit Nintendo!

HOWEVER. I haven't got a CPP for my original 3DS so I'll wait to see what their stance on a CPP for this is, I'm hoping its cost effective at least. I can always sell my flame red after doing a system transfer anyway.



SkywardLink98 said:

I won't be upgrading until I can transfer over my games AFTER I've purchased the thing.

Gamestop doesn't have a program to work with the console transfer feature and it's really annoying, because to get 25% or $25 or whatever gamestop'll do I have to trade the 3DS in at the time of purchase.



warioswoods said:

Well well well. I missed Nintendo's thing last night and now I see this.

So when will all the reporters and commenter who insisted a dual-analog model was "inevitable" step up and admit they were horribly wrong? If even the XL model doesn't feature two sliders, you can rest assured that no 3DS ever will.



theblackdragon said:

why does it not have two sliders? i'm very confused that they'd pass up the opportunity there.

the only reason i would bother with this would be for the battery life. i don't like the shape or the matte finish, and the screen size on my 3DS now is just fine IMO.



NintyMan said:

This was easily the biggest surprise of the show for me. After Nintendo shot down the idea of a 3DS remodel before E3 and Miyamoto declined to comment on it, I suppose Nintendo wanted to hide it as a big secret until now.

I have mixed feelings on this. On one hand, having bigger screens for the 3D effect on the top and drawing on the bottom would help games like Kid Icarus Uprising like a blessing. Longer battery life would be a plus as well. But on the other hand, I'll be getting a Wii U later this year that will be more expensive than this and I still feel like sticking with my regular 3DS. Then there's the issue of keeping my ambassador games and all of my VC and eShop games.

If at some point I do get this, it wouldn't be until next year and whenever I learn that I could transfer all my VC and eShop games over. Otherwise, I'm staying with what I have.



MadScientistMan said:

Wow if I had waited a year and a month more I could have got this

Anyone else think the proportions look strange.



Big_Al1 said:

I don't get why everyone is bashing it's looks; it looks like a very high end toilet seat. With a honking huge 3D screen and Nintendo games; I hear other companies may continue to support it too.

Haters will hate.



Doma said:

So, the bigger screens are to encourage the elderly to buy one? good luck with that design, lol. The battery life isn't even worth noting, it's about the same. Really pointless upgrade.



Burning_Spear said:


It does look strange, like a 3DS and a DSi XL had a kid with some kind of birth defect. And I agree with the Fisher-Price analogy someone made. That said, the bigger screen and longer battery life are too much to pass up. Maybe I'll wait a couple of months and see if a glossy one comes out in a different color for Christmas, but I'm getting this.



Whopper744 said:

And I bought my regular one the day it come out for $250...why dont' they just have this stuff from the start? I would love to have a bigger screen.



Big_Al1 said:

@Joshers744: The 3D screen has been available for a while; they probably waited until production was cheap or they could leverage demand to get a good price.



Nardar said:

I have to say I put Zelda Four swords on my 3DS and my DSi XL, and the DSi XL barely wins in sound. I was shocked. So to me unless you obviously don't have a 3DS, I think it is a bad move for Nintendo. Don't forget, if somehow they make it to where you can play 3DS games on the Wii U GamePad, this could be a questionable move.
I agree completely that this should have been out day one and the $250 price would have seemed reasonable.



Flowerlark said:

It sounds appealing because I have bad vision.... but I don't think I could justify buying another 3DS when I haven't had mine even a year...

Also, why no silver in NA????



Big_Al1 said:

@Cloud-San-VII: That's the whole point. Then the 15+ million of people who already have a 3DS would have an obsolete console. DSi had different guts from regular DS, and all they were used for was for piracy control.



Samholy said:

no second circle pad ? what were they thinking ?????
oh yeah, they wanna sell their freaking extension

quite interesting, but ill keep my current 3ds until something goes wrong with it. a day one buy, ill try to see how long it can last !



grumblebuzzz said:

I don't like North America's steep price point of 200 bucks for this if it's not going to include the charging cradle, but at least we get the AC adapter. Jeez. How cheap is NoE and Japan?? That's ridiculous!



aaronsullivan said:

Looks to me like the more simple plastic finish and design is a way to offset the cost of the larger screens and the marketing games with the AC adapter and cradle are for eking out a bit more profit margin that Nintendo needs to make up for the loss on the original runs of the 3DS.

The lack of the 2nd circle pad and shoulder button features is pretty simple, too: this is a machine for people with bigger hands, poorer eyesight, less desire to carry the machine everywhere and more desire for comfort, not for pre-teens who care about dual analog sticks for playing on the go.

Sure, some younger kids will value the big screens over the missing stuff, but they aren't the primary target. I feel like the primary target, honestly.



aaronsullivan said:

Oh, and the target market also doesn't care what it looks like because they'll be playing games on it, not staring at it like it's "my precious".



warioswoods said:

I bet the unscaled 3D-mode for classic Gameboy games will look amazing on this thing. I'm tempted just for that one possibility.



Not-Another-Ad said:

I'm going to cry,because we're not getting a charger.

How am I going to charge it?
By buying a "Official Nintendo 3DS XL Charger,and cradle" of course.

That makes a lot of sense.



MrWezzle said:

I love how everyone thinks a second circle pad is necessary for success. N64 did fine without two. Gamecube did fine without two. No, the c-stick doesn't count as a true control stick, shame on you for thinking so. Wii did fine without two. Why would Nintendo suddenly need something it hasn't ever needed to rely on? While competitors would never be able to revert from dual sticks, the big N finds other and often more successful ways. This is how they roll. Stop acting surprised.

Also, I'm right with you, warioswoods. Game Boy and NES games on this thing are gonna look awesome.



Big_Al1 said:

@aaronsullivan: Your reasoning is 90% more compelling than most. I don't give two figs if it looks "cool". Or that it's missing an OPTIONAL second analog.

I care that it has huge screens, its more comfortable to grip and it is home to games with enormous replay value. The fact that it will be a perfect digital sketchbook is gravy.

The missing charger and/or cradle can probably be traced to serious marketing research. They found what they think is the ideal price point and had to cut some corners to maintain it; greed cost them a lot with the original model's launch.



Kirk said:


Oh how easy it is to brainwash some people.

Here's a new more expensive 3DS...oh and once you buy a necessary charger it's EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE but you probably won't notice because we didn't include it with the console and all our loyal fans are going to defend us for not having one in the box, and hopefully distract those people who have legitimate concerns, even though the new cheaper plasticky looking version is even more expensive than the current model, even without the charger.

Man, how we love our completely weak minded and totally loyal blind Nintendo fanboys who will defend absolutely everything we do.

Yeah to us, Nintendo!



fishman100 said:

I should have seen this coming before I bought the 3DS : Oh well.
I wonder how the bigger screen will affect 3D gameplay...does this mean you would have a bigger "sweet spot?"
Anyways, my hands are getting really cramped on the 3DS right now, so maybe it's worth trying it...



Nintenbro said:

I just purchased my Flame Red 3DS about a week ago, but I'm not really that disappointed by this. I'm with the crowd, when I say I don't care for the matte finish. I love the appearance of the red metallic candy paint on my 3DS. The extended battery life is really the only aspect I find very attractive, but I could always just purchase a NyKo battery extension pack. The overall 90% larger screens will definitely display DSiWare, 3DSWare and retail 3DS titles much better, but VC titles wouldn't provide the same natural handheld experience on such a large screen. I don't know... Is it just me, or don't you think playing Gameboy, Gameboy Color or Gameboy Advance titles on a 3DSXL would just feel unnatural? There's also the issue of comfortable and practical portability. I don't think I can see myself carrying this thing around with me like the original model. Yes, Netflix will be displayed much larger and easier to view. But if you really need to watch Netflix on a much larger screen, that's what your Wii console is for. I'm really not into the idea of the lighter colors around upper screen either, because the lighter color will definitely distract from the brilliance of the upper display. That's why I had opted to purchase an all black DS lite.



GreenDream said:

I'm glad that the design engineers ultimately opted to not include a second circle pad. This is yet another good opportunity to create a new and improved thumb stylus attachment, by using the same materials used for the Circle Pad Pro "wrist strap". I can only hope Nintendo will create one, to alleviate the issues created by the circle pad pro and Kid Icarus stand.

I see LOTS of ghosting on the regular 3DS, unavoidably. The glossy top screen does seem to affect this... I'm wondering if the matte top screen will alleviate the ghosting issue.

@Kirk Yep, like you said, Capitalism 101. xD



Kirk said:

They CLEARLY reduce the design/build quality, it now looks like a cheap plastic Fisher Price children's toy (saving themselves a few squid in the process no doubt), increase the initial cost of the system and also have hidden extra costs on top of that when we have to buy a necessary charger too (not everyone owns another DS model), and the loyal fans jump for joy as if Nintendo has actually done us all a favor!

What has happened to Nintendo and what is going on?!



Gate_Shikimuri said:

Can I just get this out there?

1) This is not a redesign. You don't have to buy it.2) Why would you think it would have a second Circle pad...if the first one didn't? Iwata said no redesign, so it's just an upscaling.3) Even if it did have a second Circle Pad, where, exactly where the would the Z buttons go?!?

On another topic, I can't get this if I wanted to. Saving for that Wii U.

EDIT: Only the Eastern Hemisphere has to worry about the charger. So...yeah...stop with the whole "no charger" thing. It's your money.



GreenDream said:

@Kirk I'm guessing the switch from sleek to rough has something to do with improving use of plastic types. One of the most commonly used types right now is ABS, favored for it's chemical properties. It can be created to have a "glossy" or "matte" appearance in a finished product.

However, it is typically more densely packed when used with a "matte" apperance; i.e. my L-TracX trackball was made using a "high quality" manufacturing process of molding ABS plastic. The casing has a decidedly matte finish, and is quite sturdy. Hopefully, the 3DS XL will apply this same principle.

Also, the top screen of the 3DS is VERY easily damaged. If one does not use the included soft, clear plastic pouch and slip which came with the system, the top screen will inevitably be smudged and scratched by the bottom screen. This was a fundamental physical design flaw; the 3DS XL seems to alleviate this issue.



bezerker99 said:

I really want this 3DS XL but...will the top screens continue to get those vertical lines of dirt???? I'm hoping Nintendo fixed that.



Big_Al1 said:

@GreenDream: Regarding the thumb stylus comment, I had some of the original DS thumbstraps lying around and tried to play Kid Icarus with one. It was too slow to be any good. I had a similar experience years ago playing Metroid Prime Hunters with stylus vs strap.



Torterra275 said:

This is looks too big and ugly for my use. Especially since it does not include the Circle Pad. Even less of a reason to buy....



Nin-freak said:

It's not made out of that glossy, dust collecting, material!!! I would get this if I didn't already have one Nintendo I don't have the money for all the good stuff you send at us. Try sending the XL at the same time as the smaller version and let people decide which one they want!!!



KrazyBean said:

...I'll stick with the original 3DS, and why they didn't put a second circle pad on it is beyond me.



Nintenbro said:

This thing is just too big for my liking. Ha! Nintendo should've just produced a portable Wii console, like Sony did with the Playstation. lol



GreenDream said:

@Big_Al1 Good point. Mileage varies with individual, so a thumb stylus might not be effective for everyone. I tried using the stand + stylus, hand holding + stylus, and thumb stylus; I found using the thumb stylus to be more intuitive and fluid, and reduced strain.

The DS thumb stylus is definitely less accurate and less precise in practice, while requiring nearly constant readjustment. I attribute that to the cheap 2003 attachment design. If it were updated, using the same materials as the circle pad pro "wrist strap" and the tip of the 3DS stylus, it might be more useful.

Also, adding such an attachment onto a device like the 3DS could be awkward, in contrast to not needing any attachment to other hand touch devices such as the Iphone. The increased length of the 3DS XL would prohibit people with smaller hands from using a thumb stylus, though people with larger hands might be more comfortable than when using the regular 3DS.



Big_Al1 said:

@GreenDream You're right! Thumb length would affect that control scheme. Anyways, none of the games I enjoy routinely in my 3DS requires the CCP; no big deal to me.

Anyways, here's where you can get one to experiment (if you live in the US, of course!):



bboy2970 said:

I'm definitely grabbing one on day 1 but I really wish they had implimented the extra shoulder buttons and second circle pad of the CPP. Chances are they'll release a bigger CPP and more accessories is really not a good thing. Especially considering how large the first CPP made the first 3DS. What the hell will THIS one look like with an added boat!?



Hokori said:

@47 you can transfer content, since it's a 3DS and not a new system, you can already do that with the current model



daze0f_theweak said:

This probably is not for me. Imagine these units released in reverse order.
1) They release the 3DS XL first
2) They reveal a smaller 3DS with the same resolution
I think I'd prefer the newer model with it's portable size & sharper screen.

EDIT: I was wrong. After reading many reviews, and then seeing a 3DS XL, I have to say the XL looks like a better fit for me. The screen looks as good as before, only way bigger. It doesn't feel too much bigger in my hands, but it does feel more comfortable. I never realized how uncomfortable my regular 3DS was with its Nyko Power Pak+.

I'm probably gonna pick one a 3DS XL for several reasons:
1) Bigger screens (Same resolution, but it looks fine)
2) Battery lasts longer and is positioned for better balance
3) More comfortably shaped
4) Less glare on the screen
5) Stronger hinges and a new hinge position
6) No more problems with the bottom screen touching the top screen
7) Stylus location is easier to access. (Plus it's not a collapsing stylus)
8) Improved buttons for start, select, & home.
9) No glowing "3D" indicator.
10) The 3D slider clicks into the off position



Onett said:

No thanks. You'd think they would take advantage of the size and include a second slider pad to give the potential customer more of a reason to buy it (mostly those who already have a 3DS.) Then again, this is sort of a double edged sword seeing as how many people already bought a 3DS and the idea of the 3DS XL with a second slider pad may feel like the Wii U tablet controller. I honestly don't know what to think of this until I fire up a game on this behemoth myself. Until then, I'd be pretty hard pressed to buy it.



GCNSean said:

Just saw the video of the 3DS XL rotating on the UK Nintendo Direct video. The new system looks slick in design. I also like the better Select, Home, Start buttons... Day One Buy!!! Blue for me...



k8sMum said:


oh please! i played the game gear and did just fine. yeah, it was heavy, but the screen, at that time, was awesome. we females interested in the 3DS XL will somehow cope.



MarkyVigoroth said:

/huge nosebleed/
I was right, especially on there being a 3DSLL! if there was a purple-coloured one with a 2nd Circle Pad (Reading a lot of people's comments on the issue influenced me into caring for the 2nd Circle Pad.), I would so want to buy one for real.



ThumperUK said:

Most people are missing the point of the XL - it caters for older gamers' requirements for a larger screen. A matt finish is also no doubt the result of feedback from older gamers (the DSiXL is similarly matte finish).

I'm not surprised no second circle pad was added - look at how many games actually support a second pad.....two or three??? Hardly a great demand to redesign (and alienate the millions of existing 3DS owners with an early redesign.

With regard to the so-called lack of AC charger with the console - this appears to be a result of the Japanese site saying that AC adapter is an accessory sold separately. It also says a battery pack is sold seperately - I doubt very much Nintendo are going to be selling a system with no charger and the need to buy a battery too !!!! Methinks this is a misinterpretation being taken as gospel.



Simon_Deku said:

One word: PASS. The bigger screen will make the 3DS games look blocky, which is a bad thing when that's not what it was intended. No way am I getting this.



grimbldoo said:

No second circle pad...
And now they finally make the center buttons solid and instead of covering them with thin and bendable crap.
It's to big for portability
The colors aren't any good.
What Reggie is doing.



kyuubikid213 said:

I'll stick with my 3DS... I have a cousin who has a DSiXL and the games looked really blown up on that...which drew more attention to the low resolution of the system as a whole. Just imagine playing a DS game on a 3DS XL...

Not to mention, I can just barely fit my 3DS in my pocket. Why not make a 3DS Lite? Ah well, Nintendo is Nintendo. They'll sell 15 million of these by next E3...

Unless they make some new Nintendo handheld or a 3DSi that has some new features, I won't be buying any revisions.



stuffedmushroom said:

I knew Nintendo would do this. Which is why I hadn't yet bought the 3DS. I will buy the XL later this year with leftover giftcard money, yay!!!



Viper9 said:

It's a joke ?
Where's the other circle pad ? Why did the console looks like a big piece of rubber ? And... no AC adapter ?

C'mon Nintendo you can do better than that...



FonistofCruxis said:

It may have better battery life but I'd rather have a handheld that I can carry around with me in my pocket so I'm fine with the 3DS I already have.



Chris720 said:

The screens are huge! It would be like having a 3D TV in your bag. Shame it looks like rubber and looks more like a toy than a console... it looks like something you'd give to a 3 year old.



Phle said:

So you have to buy a AC adaptor to charge it?! Or does some other charging device follow? Just imagine if you bought a laptop and you didn't get a charger in the box... Seems strange to me.
Not sure if I'm getting this, a larger screen would be really nice though...



Tasuki said:

Honestly the only way I would get this is IF something happened to my current 3DS. But I am not going to get it just to get it.



Salnax said:

Not my thing, but I know people who prefer having jumbo sized handhelds. They must be thrilled.



Rapadash6 said:

Wow, this came out of nowhere. I like the new look of the system, but I would've preferred it stayed around the same size. I don't care much about the lack of a second built in circle pad. I may actually get one of these though, but not until white, or another color I like, is released.



EvansLegends said:

I guess they thought that the Circle Pad Pro had solved the problem of no second circle pad, and they can make a larger Circle Pad Pro for this version of the 3DS if necessary. At least they increased the screen size and improved the short battery life which was a common complaint.

But I still don't get why they wouldn't just build-in another circle pad. If there was such a peripheral that added a second circle pad, then why not just make it part of the system? They took the time to change the Wii U Game Pad's circle pads to joysticks, stagger the joysticks, and make the game pad more ergonomic, so why not optimize the 3DS like that as well?



James said:

Guys, just want to put this AC adaptor thing to bed once and for all.

In Europe, the 3DS XL will not come with an AC adaptor. Here is the relevant section from the official Nintendo press release:

Even with the addition of the bigger screen, Nintendo’s aim was to still make the system available at a reasonable purchase price. Because of this, and because so many fans already own a previous handheld, an AC adapter will not be included.

(Also check Nintendo UK's website which says the same thing.)

North American 3DS XL consoles will come with an AC adaptor.

Hope that's clear!



AVahne said:

Am I the only one thinks it looks hideous?
Personally I never thought the CPP was ugly, but by golly the CPP is like a Galaxy Nexus compared to this.



AVahne said:

Like I've said many times before to other people, its not so simple as to just put in another circle pad. People seem to forget thats not the only thing the CPP offers. They would be required to add triggers if they build in another pad; that would make the XL VERY thick.



Suppablk said:

That thing looks like a notebook, I think I will stick with my regular 3DS, that I can put in my cough pocket cough



MattEriks said:

so i have tought about this now.... And the small screen mode the 3ds has for ds games, so how big do you think the 3ds xl small screen mode for ds games is? Can it be bigger then full screen on 3ds?



MarkyVigoroth said:

After reading the comments here and reconsideration, I stand by my views, though I need to clarify my views.

1) I do not care for matte finish or build. I just want a purple colour.
2) I also do not care for resolution. I prefer my DSiLL over the other versions. In fact, I do not care for any "flaw" that the 3DSLL has that is not already present in the DSiLL.
3) I know that the Circle Pad Pro has two extra buttons, thus accentuating my wish for the Circle Pad Pro.
4) Even if the system does not come with an AC adapter, I can go without one; I have a larger-than-normal amount of DSi adapters (that work with the 3DS, by the way).
5) However, Mr. AaronSullivan and ThumperUK-san kinda convinced me on the Circle Pad issue. However, my own belief on the exclusion on the Circle Pad Pro is based on the next point:
6) I do not think that Mr. Miyamoto lied at all. He said that there will not be a 3DS REDESIGN. The 3DSLL is more of a REMARKETING or ADAPTION of the current 3DS model, yet aimed at older people. (After all, save for larger size and the giant stylus, was the DSiLL anydifferent than the DSi?) Adding a by-design Circle Pad Pro to the 3DSLL would not only constitute a REDESIGN, but would also require releasing a regular-sized 3DS with the Circle Pad Pro in order to satisfy the main user base: the gamers. (Recall that the 3DSLL is aimed at older people, while the 3DS proper is for gamers.)

...taking this point, I am now pretty much to terms with the lack of the Circle Pad Pro for the 3DSLL. I am still going to buy a purple one when one comes out, though.



SamsonCat said:

For some reason this 3DS XL looks like some fake mock up to me. I dunno I've probably been on Google images for too long. :/



coolvw93 said:

i am really interested in this one. dang, part of me wishes i would have waited but the other half knows it would have driven me crazy waiting for a 3ds redesign. im reallly going to look into this one. maybe hope for some real good income to pick this up. not sure if i would trade my 3ds in for this one though.



hYdeks said:

heh, north americans get a ac adapter while the rest of u have to "update" or buy an adapter. That's kinda dumb, but I'm from NA so no worries ^-^



Usagi-san said:

@MarkyVigoroth: "Recall that the 3DSLL is aimed at older people, while the 3DS proper is for gamers"

Excuse me?...

Older people can still be gamers. I think you might have missed a "younger" in there somewhere.



FriedSquid said:

Bleh. It's probably good for drawing and stuff like that, but I don't really like using Colors 3D as much as I thought (or at least whatever I start I never finish) and I don't have Art Academy, so it's not really for me. Like I said, am I the only one who thinks it looks like the Wii U Game Pad?



Sgt_Garlic said:

Nintendo might never put a second circle pad on the 3DS. Nintendo doesn't want people to have an "obsolete" 3DS, at least not yet. I'm pretty sure they have never added any buttons/pads to any handheld revision.



DaveGX said:

Kinda funny about the complaint over no AC adaptor included because that 1 comment up there stating how lots of people already owning a handheld kinda makes Nintendo look stupid for thinking about it like that. I mean, did they forget about the people who might NOT own a 3DS? Just cause half a population has 1 doesn't mean everyone interested does, too. Not that I live out there, I'm from the US, but come on, it's a no brainer.



TeeJay said:

The matte finish just kills it for me. It looked good on the DSi, but not here. I guess it's that weird-looking black part on top. It'll look sexy in black though I'm sure.



Captain_Hookey said:

nintendo. i warned you, now imma do it. i just tore my iwata poster off my wall. my 3DS and all my 3DS games are now on craigslist for the original price i paid ($249.99). i sold my wii, now i'm throwing away every Zelda title i own (every game in the series), and why? Because they did the stupidest thing ever! making a bigger 3DS? WTF?? and worst of all... ... ... No second circle pad??!.............i am never going to play a nintendo product ANYMORE. I'm switching to the PC... FOR GOOD.



Malkeor said:

@TeeJayYou're right and I agree....going from glossy and slick to dull and matte just doesn't do it for me. It makes it look all plasticy and cheap.The color scheme of the regular 3DS is just awesome, even if you buy it in different colors it doesn't seem like a 'toy' it is actually gorgeous.

I want everything to fit, and I just curious why they don't have a black or white option at the start....puzzled.
At least in North America.
I want my black!




warioswoods said:


I agree that Miyamoto wasn't lying. This is not a redesign, it's just an alternative model. I don't know why anyone would even care about this thing unless it appeals to you directly; if you don't want it bigger, keep using the original. Neither is obsolete, they're just options.



shinobi88 said:

NINETY PERCENT bigger screens AND longer battery life??? If you say you don't want this I'm afraid I don't believe you.



Chuie said:

why nintendo why this thing is good cause bigger but 3ds was a perfect size and its just so UGLY!



Light-Of-Hope said:

Okay Nintendo, no more brand new 3DS system, that's quite enough! But YEAH, I want blue one! Thank God I don't have 3DS, I was hoping for that.



lanabanana said:

At first I was really pissed , but then I was like "Ehh, who cares ; it's ugly" XD
I am much more happier with my cute pink 3DS that fits in my pocket...



SilentHunter382 said:

Ok I have to say that the 3DS xl is ugly.

  • The top half reminds me of those portable DVD players.
  • The matte finish is both a negative and a positive. The negative being that it looks cheaper then the glossy finish but it won't be a finger print magnet.
  • Battery life is a Big Big Plus.
  • No Circle pad to me is a mistake.
  • No AC adapter for the Japanese and European versions is just silly.


CosmoXY said:

@Captain_Hookey I kept laughing as I was reading this because I thought you were joking, but I'm not so sure you where.

To all the complainers, how can this be so negative for all of you? You're all so weird. If it's not your thing, don't get it. If you really want a handheld with a second circle pad so bad, guess what, there's a thing called Vita. Might be more what you're looking for.

As for me, I'm sticking with my standard issue 3DS. Still love that thing.



Henmii said:

No second analogue stick and in Europe without a AC adapter?!
What a masters!!! (Can you smell my sarcasm?)



UnseatingKDawg said:

I never had the DSi XL. But I think I'll get this (I did get a decent chunk of change from my high school at graduation...). However, I'm not sure yet whether I'll just use it for Game Card games or if I'll import all of my VC/DLC titles. I'll just have to wait and see with the size issue.



grumblegrumble said:

I had a sneaking suspicion this might come to fruition. If so, why did Nintendo deny it's existence? Also, as an original early adopter of the 3DS, I am not mad one bit I got mine first at a higher price, the ambassador games were worth it for me



Captain_Hookey said:

@Cosmo810 why not? the bigger the screen, the more pixelated/washed out/ it becomes. also, the point of a portable handheld is to play games on the go, be... PORTABLE! i dont see how anyone will be able to fit that into their pocket. also... no second circle pad??! Did Nintendo not learn from that mistake at all??!
let's cool the rage please — TBD



CosmoXY said:

But, you don't HAVE to get it. If you like your normal 3DS, like I do, just stick with that. You don't have to throw out all your old stuff just because of this. All this is is another option for people. I think people are making way too much fuss over there not being a second circle pad.



Captain_Hookey said:

@Cosmo810 the thing about the second circle pad is, the 3DS should have had the second C-pad from the beginning. we shouldn't have to attach a crap-like add-on. no one should have to pay an extra $20 just to have a better experience for a game we already own. for example, I shouldn't have to pay $20 just to aim better in metal-gear 3D. NOW, with an even BIGGER 3DS, a regular size CCP wont work right? that's because they just want you to cough up another $20 just to enhance their new 3DS. point is,nintendo is trying to sell an incomplete console AGAIN just so they can make a quick buck.



Qeuix said:

I'm still kicking myself for not waiting a whole year after the 3DS came out. I knew i should've kept the old rotunine!



sdcazares1980 said:

The reason why there is no second circle pad is because it would change the whole dynamic of the 3DS, to the point it which it would make it seem like it's a new console. We definitely don't want that at this moment.



SanFrisco9er said:

I did some research, it is aimed for old people who are not young(gamers) b/c my friend has an DSiXL and he looks old(losing hair(like lebron)) and he doesn't take it anywhere he just uses it to look old he likes playing sudoku on it too.But it is mainly aimed for the artist like me b/c they're releasing a new art academy and they have 3d colors on the shop.It is also for the netflix users and movie watchers other than that it is not for gamers who want to take it for streetpass hits, listen to music, and take it on the GO for it's portability and so on. AND THATS WHY THERE ISN'T A 2nd CIRCLE PAD B/C OLD PPL ARE NOT GAMERS, if they were gamers there probably be a second circle pad but they're not, but it's all good.



JustYourAverageBleh said:

I agree with posts aloft. This shouldn't be such a big deal. It is just similar to how the DSi XL was just a bigger version of the DSi. But still...



Hetsumani said:

Grrrrr.... i bought my 3ds in march, and i have bought enough e-shop games to be unthinkable to sell it and buy this one. Grrr again.



Drawdler said:

Everyone saying the 3DS looked sleek and nice... When it was first announced people thought it was ugly



H_Hunter said:

I got mine for $ 160 so I am ok in terms of value.
Yet, this news make me angry somehow!



H_Hog said:

I'm actually kind of relieved that 3DSXL will not have the second circle pad.
I guess it ensures that it's not meant to be a "standard" for the console, and as such, people won't be forced into using it for newer games.

....Yeah, I'm one of the people who never bothered with the Wii MotionPlus until Skyward Sword made it mandatory, that's right.



SaSoBe said:

Even if I wanted this or could afford it, I would probably have the same problems that I did with DSi XL. My hands are too small to play that console comfortably. >.< They go all numb and then start hurting since I have to stretch my fingers to hold it properly.



hYdeks said:

@SaSoBe yay, the new system is more for people like me, who have bigger hands. The 3DS is alil too small for me and starts to cramp up my hand, this 3DS XL will be great for me and people like that. Plus, the amazingly huge screen is a big bonus as well.



SaSoBe said:

@hydeks Well, that is good for you then! As long as they don't demand that I get this to play new games, I'm content.



acelect24 said:

I don't have a 3DS yet, and I have excessively large hands, so this looks like the one for me! And people, it doesn't look like , it actually looks pretty good, simple and elegant.



TheConsiglio said:

I am on the edge of getting this because I'll be screwed if you can't transfer data but charger is not a problem if it uses 3ds one.

If not well my zelda 3ds is just as good, though they should've made it like the psp where you can hook it up to the TV screen then they could have avoided all of this. But then again it wouldn't be 3d or touch screen so nah!



Pokefanmum82 said:

this is still a 3DS and you can transfer from 3DS to 3DS. I don't see how this would be any different. I am mad though because I just got the purple one and now they come out with this. I kind of want it but I still want my purple one because it's my favorite color. Why they could have just waited and made the purple a 3DS XL instead of just releasing the purple one and then a few months later releasing a bigger 3DS? Maybe if I can find my flame red one I'll trade it in for this....Or maybe not!!!!!



bahooney said:

I'm happy that the option is there for people who don't have it yet, but my launch 3DS is very portable and I love it so much! Plus, I have to save for a WiiU. Will be interesting to see how much this sells...



WolfyWardark said:

Mmm.. Red one for me please! Then I'll just get myself an AC Adapter and Cradle, system transfer my stuff over and sell the regular 3DS to my brother. It'd be best to sell the old 3DS privately, because retailers like GAME will try to capitalise on some people inevitably selling their 3DS for the XL model.



Token_Girl said:

Not surprising at all after the DSiXL, though I must say, I prefer the smaller version for portability.

I'm glad they didn't add a second circle pad for this model, since it can't really replace the many 3DS's on the market (portability is key). They'd need to release a regular sized 3DS "pro" model or something, so anyone could upgrade.



Capt_N said:

@Captain_Hookey You shouldn't throw out your old consoles, & games. Maybe I'm misunderstanding you, but it sounds to me, like you're throwing away, & selling all of your Nintendo stuff, b/c you don't like what Nintendo is doing anymore? Go ahead, & be a fan of another gaming co., but if you enjoy what Nintendo used to be, then (I recommend that) you shouldn't get rid of all your old/retro Nintendo games, & consoles you enjoy, simply b/c of what/how you feel the co. is going now. Just enjoy it, for what it was.

Now gamers w/ eyesight issues, or who just want a larger screen, &/or handheld (system) will be able to get one.

Btw, the fraction of battery life is now 0.5/1.5 , or 0.1/0.3 for 3DS. For DS, it's an extra 1/2 hours(read: min. 1 extra hr, max 2 extra hours).



HaNks said:

screen shouldn't have been made quite so big with more emphasis on battery life - a better portable console on two levels. i could easily forsake 10-20% of that screen expansion for more juice in the tank. understand they wanted to make it really big so its seen as a pure sideways revision/alternative, but meh...

still want one, 3d should be better and the thing will be more comfortable to play on standard 3ds gives me terrible hand ache without extra grips on a lot of games...



bonesy91 said:

am I mad about this? No. Since my 3DS works just fine.

I mean yeah the bigger screen is nice. But with it's new size, it's not much of a portable now



geneon101 said:

dont get me wrong i would love to get one but just got my 3ds back in march. as well as the nyko battery pack and a nice carrying case for it.
maybe after price drop or something. untill then im content with the standard 3ds



cfgk24 said:

It;s on AMAZON UK for £179.99 for the 3DS XL
£19.99 for the Charger and Cradle



Korbin64 said:

Son of a *****! Can't help it. I'll probably get one, but when I do the 3DSi will come out, and only one short year later the 3DSi XL (which of course I will promptly buy). The stresses of being a Nintendo fan [sobs].



Korbin64 said:

I think it's because Captain Hookey sells his old stuff to afford the new stuff. I do the same thing, but my Gamecube and Gameboy player are off-limits.



malle66 said:

I'm so excited. This will be good for my aging eyes. I'm sure you can transfer all your downloaded content. I did it from my ambassador 3DS to my new 3DS, it should be the same from 3DS to 3DS XL.with the 3DS transfer tool that you can download for free at the Nintendo e-shop.
I hope that the DS games will now look great on the XL, if not then I just have to keep my DSi XL.



Traxx said:

So crazy Europe not getting the AC adapter. It's not like we are already paying much more compared to US and JAP gamers for games and consoles...

And did anyone actually see the Nintendo Direct? Never have seen such a stupid, poor performed show/announcement ever. It was literally emberassing.



Weedy said:

Really enjoyed the Nintendo Direct myself, feels like this should have come out at E3 but I guess they didn't want to take anything away from the Wii U.
I upgraded to a DSi XL last time around but it didn't suit me. The bigger screens were nice, I never noticed the supposed drop in quality due to having the same resolution. But for me it was just too big, I managed to carry it around but mainly it was just to big to hold; I found my hands getting tired easily because it was so top heavy.



NintendoMaster said:

My favorite moment:
Nintendo: Yeah you know what Nikkei is saying about a jumbo 3DS that is coming this summer, well that will never happen.
..... 2.5 weeks later
Nintendo: Hey guess what guys, we're releasing a jumbo 3DS this summer!



Gretski said:

I just don't understand what the point of this is. I think Nintendo needs to focus on the games, not supersizing their already successful system. This is 200 bucks that I will NOT be spending.



k8sMum said:

@Gretski so don't spend the money. those of us who want this will. since the console and games are different divisions within the company, it in no manner hurts the development of games. the games will work exactly the same way on both, except one will have a much larger display.

please enlighten us all as to why the design of the 3DS XL is 'stupid'.



XyVoX said:

Question is what size screen will DS games be played in as it might then be worth getting rid of my DSi XL.



reshiram said:

@k8sMum 3dsxl is stupid because it isn't aloss of money only for gamers but for nintendo itself!!!!they could focus on developing more games and apps for 3ds or i would be happier if they ever made a remake of pokemon emerald for the 3ds !!that would give nintendo money not the remake of 3ds !!!!!!also in my opinion gamers would be happier if nintendo realeased a new legend of zelda or pokemon for the 3ds ....yes,then i would feel better too!!!!!!!!!



reshiram said:

and the disign is stupid because it makes us believe that nintendo just made a 3d dsi xl!!!!just compare them they are the same!!!!!!!!!! the only things that change is the screen the analog stick andte start-home-select buttons!!!!!!!



Sabrina98 said:

The mat finish makes me wanna puke!! im stickin wit ma 3ds anyway add my community on mk7 07443186442574



Moshugan said:

First, it isn't a revision as such, just a bigger model.
Second, it will sell because there are big handed and poor sighted people who will enjoy holding and looking something a bit larger.
Conclusion: It's not targeted to people who already own and/or are satisfied with their 3DS systems. There's still plenty o' folks who don't own a system yet.



k8sMum said:

reshiram said:
'@k8sMum 3dsxl is stupid because it isn't aloss of money only for gamers but for nintendo itself!!!!they could focus on developing more games and apps for 3ds or i would be happier if they ever made a remake of pokemon emerald for the 3ds !!that would give nintendo money not the remake of 3ds !!!!!!also in my opinion gamers would be happier if nintendo realeased a new legend of zelda or pokemon for the 3ds ....yes,then i would feel better too!!!!!!!!!'

i don't think nintendo is one big room with everyone working on the same thing: those working on game development are doing that, those working on the WiiU are doing that. nintendo offering the 3DS XL is not taking anything/anyone away from those projects.

i like the matte finish. perhaps it doesn't look as sexy, but at least owners won't have to be wiping fingerprints off the inside/outside surfaces constantly. my droid phone doesn't fingerprint as badly as my 3DS.

sigh if you don't want it, don't buy it. it's not worth have a hissy fit over. it's not as if any of you naysayers are losing anything by nintendo offering this option.



Lunapplebloom said:

I am looking forward to this. I always like my system screens bigger, even though they don't need to be. Don't think I will pick it up on the spot though.



reshiram said:

@k8sMum you are not right the team that worked on 3dsxl could be working on a new game or new app for 3ds which needs new apps !!!!!!!!!!!!!!yes it is offering an option but it could be better!!!!!!



Moshugan said:

@reshiram Ugh, stop trolling please. This will bring in more money to develope those games and apps you fret about. And no, the same team that works on hardware don't work on software.



DarkKirby said:

It's so big.. there is so much empty space... yet Nintendo still saw it fit to NOT add the Circle Pad Pro onto it... WHY NINTENDO WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?



Yadoking said:

The material it's made of seems nice. I also like the home, select, and start buttons.



reshiram said:

let me explain you something......i.don' i only want new better games for 3ds something that nintendo stopped giving to all of us ......where are her epic games?
i only see a kid icarus and a super mario !!! where are pokemon ?metroid? kirby?? i really want a new zelda game!!what about wario ware????? i really want a new game from these series for 3ds!! idon't need a new 3ds!! i bought one on christmasand i think more other ppeople bought one recently and are dissapointed that if they waited they could have bought a larger one ......they could have informed us about a new console faster not one month before it's release!!!!!!!!!!!!!



MitchVogel said:

I think they kind of missed an opportunity here. If it's going to be bigger, it needs to have a marginally better battery life and this thing barely has better battery. I'm all for larger screens and all, but I think it's a little bit of overkill in this instance. they're taking the portability out of a portable console. It's just too big! On the other hand, it'll make for a great experience if you aren't planning on taking it out of the house. But, my lord, that's going to be very hard to fit into a pocket!



Light-Of-Hope said:

Wow, heavier that Gameboy? No problem, I'm a big boy, I can handle it. I don't have 3DS, yet, but good call, so I want blue one.



Maxh906 said:

If nintendo added a second circle pad a lot of games that are not compatible with the circle pad pro would need to be re-designed by the developer making you guys that want the 3DS XL (if it had a second circle pad)have to wait longer for games like Super Mario 3D Land and MK7 or just play them without the second circle pad. So if you want a 3DS XL with a second circle pad just deal with it they don't want the developers to have to do a lot of extra work slowing down the releases of new 3DS games.

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