The 3DS XL launch is almost upon us, but thanks to our godly status in the world of Nintendo, we've been sent a pre-release retail unit to touch and fondle.

Thanks to our steadfast belief in the spirit of sharing, we thought you might like to see what the 3DS XL looks like when placed alongside its smaller sibling, the vanilla 3DS.

It's worth noting that this UK model comes without a wall charger (it's the same deal with the Japanese version), but the North American edition will have one in the box. Without the charger, there's actually very little to the 3DS XL packaging - all that is contained within the box is the console itself and the usual chunk of manuals and paperwork, all translated into roughly 3,605 different European languages.

We'll have a full review of this new console on the site in the not too distant future but in the meantime, feast your eyes.