Posts Tagged ‘3DS XL’

3DS XL Preview

July 18, 2012

I got the chance to have a lot of hands-on gaming with the 3DS XL at Comic-Con. It definitely has it’s pros and cons compared to the regular 3DS.


The screen size is spectacular. In case you haven’t looked at the specs, the screens are 90% larger than those of the 3DS. It’s MUCH more comfortable to look at.

The 3D effect is also greatly improved thanks to the screen size. It enlarges the “sweet spot” so you can look at it more comfortably from more angles.

The new shape and matte finish also make it more comfortable to hold. The new shape helps it sit better in your hands.

The battery life has been extended from about 3-5 to 3.5-6.5 hours for 3DS games and from about 5-8 to 6-10 hours for DS games.


The pixels are stretched in order to use up all that new screen space. This gives the screen rather large pixels which is really disappointing. It greatly hurt the visual quality of games I played, even on that really nice screen.

I don’t think you can call it “portable” any more. It’s so large that you might as well be carrying around a small laptop or an iPad.

The lack of a second circle pad confuses many die-hard Nintendo fans. Considering they’ve released the Circle Pad Pro attachment for the 3DS and have announced that they will be bringing one to the 3DS XL anyways, not building it into the oversized handheld when there is certainly enough space is baffling.


It’s really up to the gamer if they think the 3DS XL is worth it’s $200 price tag and is better than the 3DS which costs $30 less. Personally, I prefer my normal sized system (although I do like the new matte paint jobs), but it really is preference. Do you prefer giant screens that are more pixelated or smaller screens that are more portable? We’ll find out what the general consensus is when the 3DS XL released August 19th (the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2).


Greetings from Comic-Con 2012!

July 15, 2012

Jam packed days at Comic Con and Legoland. In GEEK heaven! I probably have a couple dozen posts I want to do, but I’m in the midst of too much awesomeness to stop and write about it!

Stay tuned though! I will start posting tons right after Con (assuming I’m not completely passed out on the couch from over geeking out). I’ll be doing posts on new Lego sets and minifigs, how inept Sony is with handling Human Beings, previews for new Nintendo games/products, and a WORLD EXCLUSIVE about something I got straight from the mouth of Mario.

Nintendo Reveals Comic-Con 2012 Lineup

July 9, 2012

Nintendo announced today that in addition to their booth, they will once again be renting out the Marriott Hotel next door to Comic-Con to create their “Nintendo Gaming Lounge”. However, in contrast to how incredible last year’s selection of games was, this year feels like a major missed opportunity. The Wii U is sadly absent and most of the games they are showing have been released for months.

Yet, it isn’t all bleak. The 3DS XL will be playable as well as New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon! Check out the full list and the press release below.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– At this year’s Comic-Con International 2012 event taking place July 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center, members of the general public will enjoy an early chance to get their hands on Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of the Nintendo 3DS system with 90 percent larger screens that launches Aug. 19.

In addition to Nintendo’s booth at the show (#5135), multiple activities will take place at a special Nintendo Gaming Lounge in the San Diego Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis & Marina at 333 W. Harbor Drive, adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. A Comic-Con badge is not required to gain entry to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge.

Games that are scheduled to be playable at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge include:

Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS XL

New Super Mario Bros. 2
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.)
HEROES OF RUIN (Square Enix)
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] (Square Enix)
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
Nintendo DS family

Pokémon Conquest

Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)
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Via GoNintendo.

3DS XL Announced!

June 23, 2012

At the Nintendo Direct the other day (sorry I didn’t blog about it sooner, I was out of town) Nintendo announced the 3DS XL! It’s screens are 90% larger than those of the 3DS and it has a slightly longer battery life. It’ll cost $200 and will be releasing August 19th (the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2) in Red and Blue in North America. Check out it’s specs and more images below.


  • 134mm × 74mm × vertical thickness horizontal 21mm (when folded)
  • (Including the battery pack stylus SD memory card) 235g

Top screen

  • (Approximately 16.77 million colors viewable) widescreen LCD with integrated Autostereoscopic
  • 240 dots vertical (horizontal) × 800 dots / (46.08mm vertical 76.8mm × horizontal) 3.53 type
  • can be assigned respectively to 400 dot 800 dot the right eye-left eye (horizontal three-dimensional representation is possible)

Bottom screen

  • (Approximately 16.77 million colors viewable) LCD with touch input feature
  • Type 240 3.02 × 320 dots vertical dots next to / (46.08mm 61.44mm × vertical horizontal)


  • Two cameras inside / outside
  • Resolution (0.3 mega pixels) 640 × 480 both lenses: the number of effective pixels CMOS /:: imaging element / focal length of approximately 300,000 pixels


  • 2.4GHz communications passing between the play and play Nintendo 3DS available
  • via the wireless LAN access point can be connected to the Internet (supports IEEE802.11b / g Reinforcement (WPA / WPA2 ) security) within 30m distance recommended ambient communication (※ may be shortened by circumstances)

Game inputs

  • A / B / X / Y button, cross, L / R buttons, Start / Select button
  • (Possible 360-degree analog input) Slide pad
  • Touch screen
  • Built-in microphone
  • Camera
  • Motion sensor
  • Gyro sensor
  • System inputs
  • Game card slot
  • SD memory card slot
  • Charging terminal
  • AC adapter connection terminal
  • Headphone connection terminal (stereo output)
  • On the screen left and right stereo speakers (for surround pseudo-)
  • (10cm when fully extended about) possible expansion and contraction


  • If you want to play Nintendo software 3DS : about 3 hours to 6.5 hours
  • if you want to play the Nintendo DS software: about 5 hours to 8 hours
  • Battery life may vary depending on the brightness of the screen.

Also if you, for whatever reason, are annoyed about Nintendo announcing the 3DS XL, you should go watch this now.

Images and information via 3DS Blog and GoNintendo.