New Nintendo 3DS XL review: The New Nintendo 3DS XL almost nails it
The New Nintendo 3DS XL is the latest version of Nintendo’s popular handheld gaming system. With improved processing power, enhanced 3D capabilities, and a host of new features, the New Nintendo 3DS XL promises to deliver an even better gaming experience. This review will explore whether the system lives up to its hype and almost nails it.
Design and Build Quality
The New Nintendo 3DS XL retains the iconic clamshell design of its predecessors, with sleeker curves and a more solid build. The larger screens are a major draw for gamers who prefer an immersive experience. The device is available in several eye-catching colors, allowing users to personalize their gaming experience further.
Controls and Interface
Nintendo has made noticeable improvements to the controls on the New Nintendo 3DS XL. The addition of a second analog stick (the C-Stick) is an excellent upgrade for easier camera control in games like The Legend of Zelda:
Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The ZL and ZR buttons help expand functionality, especially for developers designing games for the platform.
The face-tracking feature on the New Nintendo 3DS XL ensures that the device maintains consistent 3D quality without having to maintain a particular viewing angle. However, some users may still find slight discomfort when playing games in long sessions.
Battery Life and Performance
The battery life on the New Nintendo 3DS XL is slightly underwhelming compared to its predecessor. On average, users can expect around four hours of continuous gameplay before needing to recharge. With a powerful processor and added features, it seems that battery life had to be sacrificed to maintain a reasonable price point.
The increased processor power leads to faster loading times for games and reduced lag while navigating menus or using built-in applications like Miiverse and eShop.
The New Nintendo 3DS XL is backward compatible, meaning gamers can still enjoy their DS and 3DS game collections. The new system also has exclusive titles like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, taking advantage of the boosted processing power.
The only downside to the game library is the absence of downloadable Game Boy Advance titles on the Virtual Console, which limits nostalgic gaming options.
The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a step up from its predecessors in terms of design, controls, and improved processing. However, it falls short in battery life and loses some previous-gen features. Overall, it succeeds in providing an improved gaming experience but could be further enhanced with better battery life and more virtual console options. Despite these minor drawbacks, the New Nintendo 3DS XL almost nails it as a worthy upgrade for existing fans and an impressive entry point for newcomers to handheld gaming.