A portable game console developed by Nintendo, the 3DS can display stereoscopic 3D effects without having to use 3D glasses. It also features backward compatibility with old Nintendo DS and DSi video games. The 3DS features StreetPass and SpotPass tag modes of the Nintendo Network with augmented reality using 3D cameras and a virtual console.

Here are a few technical specifications of the Nintendo 3DS XL.

  • The game console features input controls like a round nub analog input, which is the circle pad to maneuver, a D-pad, four face buttons namely A,B,X,Y, bumper buttons namely L,R, home, start and select buttons and of course the power button.
  • The touchscreen is responsive to both a stylus and the user’s finger.
  • Nintendo has its own game card or media card, to distribute the games for 3DS systems. The games cards are either 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of data depending on the game.
  • The circle pad button allows 360 control, with the touchscreen interface to allow easy maneuverability for several game genres which require the character to move in multiple directions.

Nintendo 3DS xl, general reviews and observations.

The gaming console has received mixed reviews with many pros and cons to focus on. On one hand, people have said that the console has improved 3D effects with good dual analog controls, backed up by more processing power. But on the other hand, gamers said that the battery life could use an upgrade and the screen resolution can be boosted to provide an even richer gaming experience.

The weight and design specification don’t differ too much to the original, except for a couple of changes. On one hand the smart control buttons L for Left and R for Right have improved the gaming experience by giving additional control, with the C stick being an additional level of control. The hardware components have the power to back up some of the most popular games in the Nintendo family, amongst many other genres.

The main attraction is 3D face tracking, coupled with fast processing speeds, amiibo support and more. It also features built in entertainment support for you to make the most out games designed for this console.

The Nintendo 3DS xl is priced at $199.99 with additional accessories like console armor, adapters and many others which can be purchased on the company website.