For such a popular console (over 70m sold in various incarnations), this is surprisingly hard to get started with. I’d heard that it doesn’t come with a power adapter, but I thought, I’ll just use a USB cable like I do for my Vita. Nope—not only does it not come with an adapter, but you can’t use one you already have. Also, the cable on the official adapter is ridiculously short, so you’re better off buying a third-party USB cable with Nintendo’s proprietary connector, and using an iPhone charger or something (I went with the “Insten USB Charger Charging Cable Replacement For Nintendo NEW 3DS XL”).
Then, if you want to mainly play e-shop games, as I did, make sure you don’t buy the wrong SD card to replace the tiny 4GB one that’s in the machine. A plain old SD card for a 3DS won’t do—you need a microSD card for the “New” 3DS. I only discovered this after ordering an SD card, then opening the back to see my mistake. Here, I went with the “Sandisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I A1 Card 64GB 100MB/s” … which initially didn’t work. The card comes formatted as ExFAT, and you have to reformat it as FAT32, which may take you some research.
For a device a lot of kids will be using, this is all pretty complicated. It took me about a week and a half of chasing all this extra stuff before I actually had it up and running. Crazy. I gather Nintendo is doing a bit better in the user-friendliness department with the Switch.
If you've never had a 3DS, get one while you can. The price is unlikely to get any lower, and there's a huge line-up of titles available for $30 or less (for around $100 you can get twelve Zelda games, and what else do you need?). It's great value. The New 3DS is a straight upgrade over the old models, featuring head-tracking to make the 3D effect more reliable, a faster CPU that reduces the lag in games like Hyrule Warriors, support for SNES games, and some occasionally-useful inputs. The build quality seems solid (I'd definitely feel more comfortable handing this to a young kid than a Switch), the screens are vibrant, the buttons are satisfyingly clicky and you get a proper d-pad. With the XL-sized screens, the 1:1 'pixel perfect' mode on Game Boy games becomes slightly larger than using a GBA SP, so you can forego the blurry scaling if you prefer and still have a good time.
It's a bit of a shame that black and blue seem to be the only colours still in production, but the black looks nice. It isn't a plain cheap-looking black, there's a subtle metallic texture to it, parallel diagonal lines crossing over the paint. It does show fingerprints on the outside lid, but not terribly.
The unit will fit in your jeans pocket, but not comfortably. If you want that level of portability, consider going with the smaller 3DS. This XL model is more for the purse or backpack.
The one major downside is that the new C-stick nub is awful, to the point I couldn't get it to register downward or rightward motion without digging my fingernail in and dragging from the opposing side. This is a common complaint, and a lot of people seem to recommend replacing it with a PSP stick or Thinkpad pointer. Not many games really utilise this stick, though, so it's unlikely to be a dealbreaker.
If you buy this, be aware that you'll probably need a few accessories. It doesn't come with a charger and uses a proprietary charging port, so you'll need to buy either a Nintendo charger or, as I did, a USB-to-3DS cable that'll work with the chargers you probably already have. It comes with a 4 GB MicroSD card inserted, but if you plan to use the eShop you'll want to replace that, as 3DS games can be as large as 3.5 GB (although the average is closer to 1 GB). It's solid enough that you probably won't need a carry-case, but for the sake of comfort you might want to look at what grips are available for longer play sessions.
If you're trying to decide between the 3DS XL and the 2DS XL, know that the build quality on the 3DS XL is considerably better. If you're going to be throwing it in backpacks or giving it to a kid, that makes a big difference.
Enjoyed many happy hours of games playing from day 1. 3D effects are impressive but has its limitations (must only be viewed straight-on). Hopefully, Nintendo won't be retiring this little gem anytime soon with the eventual release of the Nintendo Switch Lite.
I love Nintendo and the 3ds XL is an amazing system with plenty of games and hours upon hours of fun for the user. There are many pros to this product, it's lightweight, portable, easy to use and its just awesome. I've found no cons at all and I highly recommend the Nintendo 3ds xl
Quite late compared to the estimated time even though I had chosen expedient shipping. But that time was around new year period so It is understandable. This 3DS is exactly like it showed in the description with high quality.