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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4211 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 are impressed by the portability and design. The price and size also get good views.

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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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk 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 Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the game selection and usability. The price and design are also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on the portability. There are some negative views about the reliability and size.

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

Sep, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviews about the reliability and price are on the whole positive. The portability and size are also mentioned favorably.

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

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : Stuart Andrews (trustedreviews.com)

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 : T3 Online (t3.com)

Nintendo 3DS XL review: is bigger better?

 

Can the super-sized Nintendo 3DS XL improve on its portable gaming predecessor? Read T3's Nintendo 3DS XL review now to find out…

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

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

Jun, 2019

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

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 (techradar.com)

Nintendo 3DS XL (2012) 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 the slightly dated hardware, then...

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Shaun Prescott (techradar.com)

New Nintendo 3DS XL (2014) review

 

Nintendo's already excellent handheld device 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 small, much-needed changes to the product line, but isn't worth an immediate upgrade if you already own a previous model.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Shaun Prescott (techradar.com)

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

Expert review by : Scott Stein (cnet.co.uk)

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 (techsmart.co.za)

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 (reghardware.co.uk)

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 (techdigest.tv)

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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