Nintendo 3DS XL console – Still worth buying?
It’s been many years, and yet the Nintendo 3DS and even 2DS still receive support from Nintendo. Why? It’s because of the console’s uniqueness. An extremely convenient handheld console with an incredible amount of games, cool online features and an extremely user-friendly interface. The Nintendo Switch has begun to overshadow this device, but res assured that the 3DS has been the face of Nintendo for a long time.
With that said, is it still worth getting one? Let’s find out.
Overview of Nintendo 3DS XL
- Produced by Nintendo
- Screen is 1/5 larger than the regular DS’s. Device itself is slightly larger.
- Two additional buttons, a pointing stick and compatibility with Micro SD cards.
- Autostereoscopic 3D feature adjusts effects based on the device’s positioning.
- Improved brightness adjustment and camera.
- 256 MB of RAM.
- Compatible with all DS titles, and has new features that some games may utilize.
- Plenty of exclusive games.
Why the Nintendo 3DS XL is worth buying
- Best available model of the device.
- Plethora of exclusive titles since the 3DS and DS essentially have their own isolated pool of games. There are also ports, of course.
- Sped-up loading times, less lag, and a faster and smoother browser.
- Easily hackable for additional features.
- Portable system – play anywhere.
- Online features let you download games and enjoy multiplayer.
- Virtual Console brings older titles to the system.
- Comfortable to hold, and more battery life.
- Prices expected to drop as Switch gains more support.
- DS is extremely profitable for Nintendo so they continue to support it as well.
What might put you off
- The Switch is now Nintendo’s go-to console. Over time, the 3DS may be supported less and less.
- Not graphically intensive, and doesn’t keep up with traditional modern games, instead having a mostly unique games library.
- Region locking, even on downloaded games.
- Virtual console is somewhat finnicky.
- Controls/buttons may not be to your tastes
- Heavy, as in physically. Holding it may tire you.
- While unique, still outdated technology compared to Switch and new consoles.
The comparison to the 3DS
The decisive factor of whether or not you’re buying an Nintendo 3DS XL, or a 3DS to begin with, should be the games. The library is incredibly huge and many of the titles are exclusives. The 3DS/DS is home to some amazing titles, perhaps too many to properly account for here. Check out the list of 3DS and DS games for a proper overview.
The selection is the XL’s strongest suit, as convenience and unique setup have made this console have more exclusives than any other modern device. With Nintendo’s own titles and many developers seeing how profitable the 3DS is, there’s a huge amount of great games to be found here.
The Nintendo 3DS XL is a powerful console, but also exists in its own universe, so to speak. Nintendo’s modern consoles have all focused on unique features more than raw power, and this is no exception.
You’ll find that much of its game library (barring virtual console) tries to use its screens and touchpad features in unique and interesting ways. Many of the titles are charming and/or memorable since more time went into design or writing than meeting hardware expectations.
If you’re buying the Nintendo XL, you probably want to fully experience its somewhat-timeless games, but you also probably don’t particularly plan to keep up with modern console releases (unless you are a collector).
There’s no doubt that the system itself is the best way to experience its games. Despite the rise of emulation, the unique controls, adaptive features and touch mechanics of the 3DS make it the only proper way to play its own games. Ports from the DS and 3DS are also somewhat difficult to pull off due to the two-screen functionality, which is why you aren’t seeing many titles on the Switch or PC.
In conclusion, the games are great, and you probably want to buy it for the games. If they don’t interest you, move on.