Portable gaming ain't what it used to be. Thanks to smartphones and tablets, it's a lot harder to justify splurging for yet another gadget dedicated solely to gaming. Nintendo hopes to sway you, though, with the 3DS XL, a successor to its popular 3DS handheld gaming system.
As the "XL" suggests, the 3DS XL is larger - it measures in at 3.6 x 6.2 inche to accomodate a larger, 4.8-inch screen. It accepts 3DS game cards, so it's backwards compatible for 3DS owners. It also shares a lot of the same hardware and capabilities of the 3DS, including the ability to play 3D games, browse the Web, and snap photos with a built-in camera.
You'll have fewer color choices with the 3DS XL - just red and blue at launch. It's priced at $199.
Reviewers had a mixed take on this particular handheld. Almost all said it was a must-upgrade for Nintendo gamers, but others were less impressed with the screen resolution and the availability of gaming content.
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