Nintendo 3DS XL

When it comes to portable consoles, the Nintendo 3DS has been the standout product over the last decade. It’s size and portability allows users to take it wherever they want with incredible ease and comfort. Gaming on this little guy is surprisingly intuitive with its bottom touch screen display and the top screen able to view the games’ user interface. Nintendo have been so successful with this product that they’ve even released various designs of the XL version, including the limited edition SNES and monster hunter designs.

Comparatively the changes implemented in the XL model increases the gaming experience with the screen being a whole inch bigger. The XL also features a secondary, smaller joy stick to make precision movements easier to perform.

Unboxing the SNES Edition 3DS XL

When we unboxed our beautiful, new SNES edition 3DS XL, we were…well…a little dissapointed. Firstly, you do get all the usual stuff like the 6 AR (augmented reality) Cards, the stylus (in the system) and a standard 4GB microSDHC card (upgradable), which is what you expect at the very least.

Then you keep looking through the box expecting to find the item you actually need to be able to play the console…the AC adapter. ‘Where is it’, you might ask. Well, Nintendo decided to leave this out. You’re going to need to purchase this separately.

Don’t let this put you off though! From the images, you can see the elegance of this magnificent, handheld console. The design really does take you back to the 80’s/90’s. Good work, Nintendo!

Key Features Included:

  • Camera – where you can take 3d pictures, videos and selfies to see how beautiful (or ugly…jk) you look in a 3D image.
  • AR cards – Stands for augmented reality cards. Essentially just plain cards to the ordinary eye, but your 3DS will magically let you interact with Kirby, Mario or Link so you can play with your new friends (see image below).
  • 3D Depth Slider – This is probably the biggest and most unique feature of the 3DS. What’s interesting is that you can indeed increase/decrease the depth of the 3D effect to suit your needs – a practical use for longer gaming sessions when you need to go old school and game in 2D for hours on end. When using the console on 3D mode it is worth bearing in mind that if you move your head, the image does go out of focus, appearring blurry.

Games

You can get some pretty sweet games on this guy, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 7, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and of course, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon! There are tons of other great games out there to suit your gaming style. At VGT we love a good adventure game and there’s no shortage of that on the 3DS!

Affordibility

Generally speaking, the 3DS system costs anywhere between £120-£250 ($165-$347) depending on the edition, colour and whether it is brand new or used. Bear in mind that this does not include the charger and the legitimate charger from Nintendo will set you back around £13 ($18) however third party chargers can be brought for a lot cheaper.

Brand new games are usually in the region of £12-£39 ($16.5-$53.9). However, you may be able to find second-hand games for a little less.

Verdict: 4.5/5

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