Flaws of 3DS XL cited in review

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We have to question how Nintendo do things as they seem to release the smaller product first and then the large version later down the line, a total opposite of what the likes of Sony does. We’re talking about the 3DS XL, which is a larger version of the current eye-popping 3DS. While Nintendo will have you believe that it’s a much better upgrade there are a few flaws in the new model, ones that could affect sales.

We already know that the 3DS XL lacks the second Circle Pad, and has taken the work of a third-party to come up with a solution. Then there are the games themselves, as they have been developed for use with the current size display, so in theory Nintendo are just stretching the games to fit the larger screen of the 3DS XL, which could have an effect on the quality.

A recent review makes a note that this was the same issue with the DSi XL, as low resolution games would often show up much worse on the larger screen and could often become pixelated and jagged. This could be more of an issue with these 3D games, as the games tend to pop out at you more, which means those imperfections could also show up more.

However, it’s not all bad though because there will now be a larger storage card, battery life will be extended and the positioning of the stylus is now in a much better place. Do you think Nintendo has made a mistake with the 3DS XL or are you more than happy with the newer model?

 
 
  • Nicholas Gatewood

    They made a mistake. The lack of a second slide pad is killer(fans seriously need to stop coddling them and claiming that a second slide pad would RUIN the 3DS or whatever), the screen will always be sickeningly low-resolution, the hardware’s still just a bump above the PSP and the 3D effect will still hurt my eyes as much as the regular model does.

    Nintendo done goofed. I hope more and more every day that they replace the 3DS soon with a totally new handheld, one that doesn’t have crappy battery life, has higher-resolution screens and two analog sticks and hardware that can actually handle Unreal Engine 3… unlike the 3DS. Grr.

    • Chris

      There is a perfectly logical reason they didn’t add a second circle pad. If they had added a second pad, then it would force old 3ds users to buy the new system. Also, game developers would have to design their games to work with 2 circle pads. In essence, it would cause there to be two different systems and each game would have to have 2 different controls, and that is what nintendo was trying to avoid. They just wanted to supply and alternative option; the bigger screens are a better, but they don’t alter how a game functions.

      • gamerumble

        Absolutely. It’s Nintedo’s way of saying, we’re not forcing you to buy new hardware. If you want to buy, it’s ok. If not, your 3DS is still good enough. I’m planning on getting an XL version btw.

        • notasdumbasyouguys

          utter nonsense having two circle pads would have given a developer a choice of using one or two pads, and the add on will enable developers to create a extra pad, nintenedo are ripping people off by not including a second circle pad simple as!!!, but i guess you dumb nuts are too stupid to realise that had the second version had a extra circle pad a add add on could also be bought for the original 3ds anyway der der so much for your pathetically weak logic!!!

          • Bazmeistergen

             Blah.

            I have not played a single 3DS game that needed the second pad and that includes Revelations, Metal Gear and Kid Icarus. Just get a Vita if it really makes you sad. The DS didn’t have a single circle pad and it had a huge range of quality games, so who cares? Only big sad tear-monsters.

      • GoldenHu

        …. and then there’s the option (and room for) a 2nd circle pad plus the standard buttons. That way the current 3DS users wouldn’t have a new system to buy and game developers could create new games that would do really well with two circular pads. For a little more money Nintendo could’ve made a lot more money. The terrible cameras, the ugly colors, no charger for the European and Asian communuties, the screen resolution…. All if improved would have made this system an incredible experience that people would pay a little extra for. Instead, decisions were made at Nintendo that show that they are losing touch with their customer base (decisions that quite frankly are dishonorable), and they are going to have to fight hard to earn back our trust. One has to seriously wonder what they were thinking.

    • Vampiric

       they didnt make any mistake

      devs dont support it and neither do gamers…..

      If you actually researched instead of being an idiot you would know the screen looks better due to filters………

      your a stupid troll

  • Vampiric

    A lack of second pad isnt a flaw, it was never going to happen

    “so in theory Nintendo are just stretching the games to fit the larger
    screen of the 3DS XL, which could have an effect on the quality.”

    And if you actually read hands on you know it has 0 effect

    “A recent review
    makes a note that this was the same issue with the DSi XL, as low
    resolution games would often show up much worse on the larger screen and
    could often become pixelated and jagged.”

    And if you read the next sentence they say its not a problem on 3ds

    What is this?

    Trolling?

    The XL has 15+ improvements