Nintendo 3DS XL hands-on preview

Nintendo 3DS XL hands-on preview

Editor: Darryl Linington
Interview by: Darryl Linington

During the exclusive Wii U hands-on preview, I had the opportunity to check out the latest upcoming version of the Nintendo 3DS handheld console. The extra large build of the new Nintendo 3DS feels a lot more comfortable than the original version of the handheld console, which makes the handhelds functionality and manoeuvrability a whole lot easier to experience when it comes to gaming on the go.

The larger screen of the handheld also allows for a more comfortable 3D feeling when viewing the device, which ultimately leads to the much larger 3DS being less stressful on the eyes. Additionally, the Nintendo 3DS XL seems to be a lot louder than its much smaller counter-part.

Nintendo 3DS XL hands-on preview

When it comes to image quality, the Nintendo 3DS XL tends to render images in a rather smooth, effortless fashion. This was great to see as the Nintendo 3DS XL is around 90% larger than its predecessor. I was slightly worried that a larger screen would affect the quality of the games featured on the Nintendo; however, they seemed to look as though they had been given new life. Additionally, the battery life of the Nintendo 3DS XL lasts around 86% longer than the traditional 3DS.

Some of you may be wondering when you can get your hands on the new Nintendo 3DS XL. Well, we caught up with Matthew Grose, general manager of the Core Group, official representatives of Nintendo in South Africa, who gave us all the juicy details in the featured video below.

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