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Nintendo 3DS XL/LL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4592 reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and design. The price and size also get good reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo 3DS XL/LL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo 3DS XL/LL


alaTest has collected and analyzed 234 user reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the size. Many are critical about the portability.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Xenoblade Chronicles New 3DS & 3DS XL Only (Nintendo 3DS)Xenoblade Chronicles New 3DS & 3DS XL Only (Nintendo 3DS)

Mar, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo 3DS XL/LL


alaTest has collected and analyzed 522 user reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Views about the reliability and price are generally positive. The portability and size are also appreciated.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue/BlackNintendo 3DS XL - Blue/Black

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Andy Robinson (

Nintendo 3DS XL review


Nintendo's plus-sized 3DS is now a great budget handheld

Better battery ; Bigger screens ; Comfortable 3D ; Improved layout

Lower pixel density ; Only one circle pad ; Less pretty

The Nintendo 3DS XL was a great handheld in its day, but it's since been superseded by both the New Nintendo 3DS XL and the Nintendo Switch. That said, if you're looking for a budget handheld console and don't mind about the slightly dated hardware,...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Shaun Prescott (

Nintendo 3DS XL (2014) review


Nintendo's already excellent handheld receives some long-awaited upgrades

Second directional stick added ; Face tracking increases 3D viewing angles ; Faster processor

C-stick feels overly firm and inaccurate ; No charger included in the box ; No games utilise the extra power

The New Nintendo 3DS XL (2014) makes some nice minor changes to the product line, but isn't worth an immediate upgrade if you already own a previous model.

Feb, 2014

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Nintendo 3DS XL review


Can the super-sized Nintendo 3DS XL improve on its portable gaming predecessor?

Bigger screen looks great ; 3D sweet spot much larger ; Comfortable curved design

Build feels a bit cheap ; Heft makes it cumbersome ; Bland styling

Expert review by (

New Nintendo 3DS XL review


The gimmicky handheld gets a second shot at greatness, but this is more evolution than revolution

The 3D is a bit better ; Speedier processor for a slightly slicker experience ; Enhanced build and layout ; Great games!

Still dated in terms of tech ; New 3D isn't perfect ; Charger isn't included. Seriously

This is not the 3DS completely redefined, but the perks and tweaks make for a better overall experience

Feb, 2015

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Nintendo 3DS XL review


A non-essential, yet evolutionary upgrade that offers the best on-the-go 3D gaming experience in classic Nintendo style

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Stuart Andrews (

Nintendo 3DS XL


Does the 3DS get better when you go extra-large?

A more immersive big-screen experience ; Makes 3D more effective and more practical ; More comfortable than the original 3DS ; Great games, and easy and fun to use

Big screen spoilt by low resolution ; Battery life still not great

Nintendo could arguably have upgraded processors and used the overhead to either render 3DS graphics to a higher resolution or upscale, but here there would have been cost implications. All the same, that screen can be merciless in exposing the...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (

Nintendo 3DS XL SNES Classic edition


Nintendo 3DS XL SNES Classic at Amazon : Surprisingly, Amazon offers the Nintendo 3DS XL SNES Classic Style edition for pre-order on its website. The classic 3D game console has not yet been officially announced by Nintendo, but according to the Amazon...

Tech website I4U discovered the 3DS SNES Classic on the Amazon website. The new Nintendo game console features a cover design matching the looks of the traditional SNES. The power and reset buttons are purple, just like the controller. The bundle at...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (

New Nintendo 3DS XL games


New Nintendo games for 3DS XL and 2DS XL : Nintendo has introduced its new portable gaming system, the Nintendo 2DS XL will be available in Europe and North America from July 28th, 2017. The new handheld is as powerful as the 3DS XL, but is not able to...

Band together with your Mii and Mii friends to explore your own personalized world of Miitopia. Cast Mii characters into various roles and watch hilarious scenes unfold as they work together to defeat the Dark Lord who has stolen the faces of...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Mark Peters (

Nintendo 3DS XL game system


Nintendo 3DS XL portable gaming system : During a Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch in the U.S. on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $199.99. New Nintendo 3DS XL offers a number of new...

In addition to the New Nintendo 3DS XL news, Nintendo also revealed the Feb. 13 launch date of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, a new game in the Fire Emblem series, a line of amiibo featuring classic characters from the Super Mario series, the...

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Ryan Noik (

Nintendo 3DS XL


Nintendo's 3DS XL charmed us no end when we first saw it, but having spent more time with it of late, we found the console to be even better than we remembered.

Larger screen makes for greater immersiveness, Excellent build quality, Increased battery life, Reasonable price

Power cable not included, Still no integrated second analog stick

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications


Analog thumbsticks:Y / Yes
Built-in touchpad:N / No / Yes
Charging indicator:Y / Yes
Colour of product:Black / Black, Blue / Black, grey / Black, Metallic / Black, Orange / Black, Red / Black, Red, Yellow / Black, Silver / Black, White / Blue / Blue, Metallic / Gold / Gold, Metallic / Green / Grey / Multi / Multi, White / Multicolour / Orange / Pink / Pink, White / Red / Silver / White / White, Yellow / Yellow
Gaming control function keys:Back, D-pad, Home, Menu, Power, Select, Start / Back, Home, Menu, Select, Start / D-pad, Home, Power, Select, Start / D-pad, Select, Start / Home, Power, Select, Start / Home, Select, Start / Select, Start / Share, Start
Gaming control technology:Analogue / Analogue / Digital / Digital
LED indicators:Y / Yes
Shoulder buttons:Y / Yes
Volume Control:Digital


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display:LCD / LED
Display diagonal:11.9 / 12.4 / 8.46 / 9.86
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:320 x 240 / 400 x 240 / 800 x 240
Second display:Y / Yes
Second display diagonal:10.6 / 12.4 / 8.46 / 9.86
Second display resolution:320 x 240 / 800 x 240
Touch screen type:Resistive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:No / Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive / Resistive


Developer:Ambrella / Bandai Namco Studios / HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Headstrong Games / Intelligent Systems Nintendo SPD / Namco Bandai Games, Sora Ltd.
Distribution type:Physical media
ESRB Rating:E (Everyone) / E10+ (Everyone 10+) / T (Teen)
Game edition:Basic
Genre :Action / Adventure / Action / Fighting / Adventure / RPG / Educational / Fighting / RPG (Role-Playing Game) / Simulation / Sports
Language version:DEU / ENG / English / English, Italian / German / Italian
Maximum number of players:1 / 4
Multiplayer mode:N / No / Y / Yes
Multiplayer mode type:Offline, Online
PEGI Rating:12 / 3 / 7
Platform:Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS New
Release Date:02/04/2015 / 03/10/2014 / 10.06.2014 / 13.11.2015 / 3/10/2014
Release date (DD/MM/YYYY):02/04/2015 / 03/10/2014 / 10.03.2017 / 10.06.2014 / 10.06.2016 / 13.11.2015 / 13/05/2016 / 22/01/2016 / 25/06/2015
Split screen:N

Input Device

Analog thumbsticks:Y
Device Type:Gamepad
Gaming control technology:Analogue / Digital
Gaming platforms supported:3DS


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3 / AAC,MP3
Built-in Camera:No / Y / Yes
Built-In Microphone:No / Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Main camera resolution:640 x 480
Main camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Number of built-in speakers:2
Second Camera:Y / Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3


Bluetooth:N / No
Ethernet LAN: No
Frequency band:2.4
Security algorithms:WPA, WPA2
Wi-Fi:No / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:N / No / Y / Yes
Art book included: No
Battery charger included: No
Carrying case: Yes
Games included:1 / Animal Crossing / Dragon Ball Z / Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden / Fire Emblem: Awakening / Luigi's Mansion / Luigi's Mansion 2 / Luigis Mansion 2 / Mario Island Tour / Mario Kart 7 / Metroid: Samus Returns / New Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario Bros 2 / Super Smash Bros / Super Smash Bros. / Tomodachi Life / White Mario kart
Manual:Y / Yes
Memory Card Included:microSD / microSDHC / SD / Y
Poster included: No
Stylus pen:Y / Yes
Toy figure(s) included:No / Y
User guide:Y / Yes
Video game included:N / No / Y / Yes


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Built-in processor:ARM11
Graphics processor:PICA200
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Internal Memory:256
Motion sensor:Y / Yes
Parental control:Y / Yes
Platform:New Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS XL / Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS New / Nintendo 3DS XL
Processor Cores:4
Processor frequency:268 / 804
Processor Model:ARM11
Video memory:10

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0


Battery Capacity:1300 / 1750
Battery capacity (Watt hours):6.5
Battery life (max):10 / 10.5 / 12 / 6 / 6.5 / 7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:3.5
Power consumption (typical):4.1 / 4.31


Built-in memory capacity:1 / 2 / 4
Built-In Optical Drive:N / No
Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC / microSDHC / SD / SD, SDHC
Included memory card size:4

System requirements

Virtual Reality (VR) headset required:N

Technical Details

Colour of product:Black

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.15 / 2.16 / 2.2 / 21.5 / 9.3 / 9.35 / 93 / 93.5 / 94
Height :2.15 / 2.2 / 21.5 / 22 / 8.06 / 9.3 / 9.35 / 93.5
Weight:239 / 253 / 329 / 336 / 337.4 / 366 / 93
Width:1.6 / 14.2 / 15.3 / 15.6 / 154.9 / 156 / 16 / 160