Hardware Review: Nintendo New 3DS XL BY Joshua Brooks

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Having been a long time user of Nintendo products, including using the classic Nintendo 64 at my cousin’s place when I was a lot younger, I was very happy with the new New 3DS. Yes, that is what its called. The NEW 3DS. Nintendo seem to be losing their flare for names, but not their flare for quality.

The most noticeable change to the New 3DS is the addition of the extra movement stick. Before the New 3DS came out, you would have needed to get a ProPad to get the extra stick, however, with the New 3DS, this is no longer needed. The down side is, due to the changes made in the New 3DS, it will no longer fit in the ProPad. At first glance, this may not be an issue, but the ProPad also made holding a 3DS much more comfortable. Here’s hoping they bring out a new ProPad for the New 3DS.

It does not stop there. The other big change, and the biggest improvement to the 3DS, is the upgrade to the 3D tech. Unlike going to the movies, the 3DS does not require 3D glasses. Instead it uses 2 screens on top of one another that work together to make the effect work. There is a lot more to it than that, but that’s as basic an explanation as I can give. This effect is done amazingly well in the original 3DS, but the improvement on it in the New3DS is ten times more well-done. This is because of the massive improvements to the field of view: no longer do you need to stay perfectly still to get see the effect, which means you can be more relaxed when using it. You can – as you could on the original 3DS – adjust the effect to suit you, or turn it off all together.

One of the problems with it is that it does not come with a charger. This could be a problem for you if you do not have one already as buying one on its own can cost $18, depending on where you get it from.

On top of this, the new hardware under the hood has been improved as well, with games I have played performing much better on the New 3DS than the older one. The overall improvement over the older model, for me, was well worth the upgrade.

3.5 out of 5 Mario hats for this rating.

 

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