Nov 17, 2014

What’s the difference between the 3DS XL and the New 3DS XL?

I’ve had an original 3DS since launch, and it’s fine but I would really like a larger screen. Other people must feel the same way, since Nintendo came out with the larger screen XL quite a while back. Now, Nintendo is coming out with a “new” XL with twin sticks. This could be great for games like Super Smash Bros., but to me that’s a game for the Wii U, not the 3DS. The New XL hasn’t been released yet in the US, but I was thinking of asking for one for Christmas (yes, I’m an adult, but we get Christmas presents too, you know). Other than the twin sticks, is the a reason to wait for the new version of the XL instead of getting the one that is already out?
IGN has details about the new 3DS XL:
While the second stick is the most noticeable difference, it is not the only one. The 3D effect is much more stable on the New 3DS. Instead of the 3D sweet spot being fixed to a point directly in front of the screen, it uses a front facing camera to track viewers eyes. If you like to play in 3D this is particular when playing action oriented games, it is very difficult to keep both one’s head and the 3DS perfectly still to prevent losing the 3D effect and/or experiencing a double image.

Second, the processor is more powerful. While the New 3DS will play “old” 3DS games normally, you should see improved load times across the board with the new version. Also, there will be games released that will only work on the New 3DS. Xenoblade Chronicles, which was originally released on the Wii, has been released for the New 3DS in Japan and will not work on the original version. Other games are sure to follow.

I believe that battery life is also improved, but only slightly. Still, it might mean you get to finish that level on the commute home instead of talking to the person on the train next to you. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you.
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