Say hello to my bigger friend
| 05 July 2012
Nintendo reveals an even larger handheld. Just when you thought that your pockets didn’t need to be any deeper, Nintendo has announced a new version of the 3DS, that promises to be bigger and better.
The 3DS XL does exactly what it say’s on the box, delivering a screen that’s 90 percent larger than the existing 3DS, for a much greater 3D experience. Nintendo sent one in to the office and it has to be said, it’s a bit like watching a portable and then a full sized TV. Games like Kid Icarus and Super Mario 3D really come to life with the larger screen size.
The new system’s battery life outperforms that of the original Nintendo 3DS, and it comes bundled with a 4 GB SD card, which is essential for storing content such as downloadable games and videos from the Nintendo eShop. With upcoming titles such as New Super Mario Bros. 2 (launching 17th August) being available as digital downloads as well as boxed retail games, you will be glad of the extra space.
What’s a bit weird is that if you buy the new 3DS XL, it doesn’t come with an AC adapter, so you have to fork out for one separately. Nintendo’s argument is that it’s a way of keeping the cost low and the company believes that as most people will be upgrading from a 3DS, they’ll already have the right power lead.
On the subject of cost, the XL console has a pretty hefty price tag, nudging £180 when it launches on July 28. So you’ll need deep pockets in more ways than one