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Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4310 reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012). 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 really like the portability and design. The price and size are also appreciated.

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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 (1st gen. 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 147 user reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012) 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 Reviews about the game selection and usability are on the whole positive. The price and design are also mentioned favorably, but the reliability and size get less positive opinions. Comments are divided on the portability.

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95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS)The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS)

Sep, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 521 user reviews of Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012) 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 Reviews about the reliability and price are overall positive. The portability and size also get good opinions.

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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

Sep, 2018

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

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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

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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 : 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,...

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Nintendo 3DS XL: A great little place to play games (updated review)


Three years in, Nintendo's little handheld has become a seriously good game device, and the XL is the best version.

The ; has a two big screens, tons of great games, feels sturdy, and is the most kid-friendly gaming platform currently available.

Battery life is fair but still not great; the graphics are starting to look dated compared to other game platforms, and the 3D is largely an afterthought; only one analog pad; downloaded game management still a huge headache.

Three years in, the Nintendo 3DS handheld has become a seriously good game device -- especially for fans of Nintendo's classic gaming franchises -- and the XL is the one you should buy.

Feb, 2014

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

Expert review by : Caleb Cox (

Nintendo 3DS XL review


Review Nintendo has supersized its 3DS with a 4.9in screen that's almost twice the size area of its predecessor. The handheld goes on sale this week, but if you're unsure whether its worth the upgrade, here's what we thought after a weekend of gaming...

If you're hellbent on getting your nipper or yourself a 3DS, then the XL is the obvious choice. However, without the additional thumbstick, Nintendo has once again failed to deliver the means to comfortably explore 3D environments. Considering the...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Gerald Lynch (

REVIEW: Nintendo 3DS XL


Nintendo's 3DS handheld games console gets redesigned in the new 3DS XL model. Significantly bigger than the first edition, it'll please short-sighted, big-handed gamers for certain, but does it do enough to please everyone else? And is it worth an...

Despite a handful of missed opportunities, the 3DS XL is still the superior version of Nintendo's 3D-enabled handheld. It fits more comfortably in the hand, its 3D effect is more pronounced thanks the larger screens employed, battery life is improved...

Jul, 2012

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Nintendo 3DS XL


The Nintendo 3DS XL is a larger version of the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming handheld, 90 per cent larger than the original 3DS. It features two cameras, one on the inside, the other on the outside for taking photos and playing augmented reality-style...

The Nintendo 3DS XL is an impressive system that adds new life to Nintendo’s 3D handheld library. It may not be worth the price to upgrade, but newcomers will not be disappointed. Nintendo 3DS XL is tagged with Nintendo, 3DS X, L review, gaming,...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Simon Parkin (

3DS XL – review


Simon Parkin: Bigger screens, better battery life and classier styling ... but what else does Nintendo's new 3DS XL have to offer?

But it's a straightforward upgrade, one that doesn't provide enough of a leap in form and function for the average 3DS player to warrant a re-buy. For newcomers, however, it's the system to go for, adding battery life, screen size and a seasoning of...

Jul, 2012

Product Specifications


Analog thumbsticks:Y / Yes
Built-in touchpad:N / No
Charging indicator:Y / Yes
Colour of product:Black / Black, Blue / Black, grey / Black, Red / Black, Silver / Blue / Gold, Metallic / Green / Grey / Multi / Orange / Pink / Pink, White / Red / Silver / White / White, Yellow / Yellow
Gaming control function keys:Back, Home, Menu, Select, Start / D-pad, Home, Power, Select, Start / D-pad, Select, Start / Home, Power, Select, Start / Home, Select, Start / Select, Start
Gaming control technology: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
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:800 x 240
Second display:Y / Yes
Second display diagonal:10.6 / 12.4
Second display resolution:320 x 240
Touch screen type:Resistive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:No / Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type: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
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
Frequency band:2.4
Security algorithms:WPA, WPA2
Wi-Fi:No / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g / 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:No / Y / Yes
Art book included: No
Battery charger included: No
Carrying case: Yes
Games included:1 / Animal Crossing / Fire Emblem: Awakening / Luigi's Mansion / Luigi's Mansion 2 / Luigis Mansion 2 / Mario Island Tour / Mario Kart 7 / 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:microSDHC / SD
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
Motion sensor:Y / Yes
Parental control: Yes
Platform:New Nintendo 3DS XL / Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS New / Nintendo 3DS XL
Processor Model:ARM11

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired
DC-in jack: 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 / 12 / 6.5 / 7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Time:3.5
Power consumption (typical):4.31


Built-in memory capacity:2 / 4
Built-In Optical Drive:N / No
Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / 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 / 2.2 / 9.3 / 93 / 93.5
Height :2.2 / 21.5 / 22 / 9.3 / 9.35
Weight:239 / 329 / 336 / 366 / 93
Width:1.6 / 15.3 / 15.6 / 156 / 16 / 160