But it also underlines a handful of the platform's frustrating weaknesses, shortcomings that show obvious, missed opportunities for improvement. The New Nintendo 3DS XL is an undeniable improvement over its predecessors, but it feels like a half-step in the right direction rather than the full reinvention it could have been.
The new Nintendo 3DS XL handheld console editions will be available to purchase in time for the holiday season and all three will be priced at $200.
It's hard to get a handle on the New Nintendo 3DS XL. More than anything, our time with it serves as a reminder of the 3DS line's many strengths. It's still the best dedicated gaming handheld out there, and the New Nintendo 3DS XL is as close as it's ever been to reaching the 3DS's full potential.
Other features of the new Nintendo 3DS XL include an extended battery providing around 3.5 to 6.5 hours of gameplay on a single charge, and comes supplied with a larger 4GB SD card, and all Nintendo 3DS and DS software is compatible with the new larger console, which measures 134 x 74 x 21mm.