Nintendo Explains The Differences Between 3DS XL & 3DS

IGN recently asked Nintendo to explain the differences between the upcoming Nintendo 3DS XL and the original Nintendo 3DS. Although the 3DS XL’s screens are bigger than the 3DS’s screens, Nintendo hasn’t made any changes to the 3DS XL’s displays, which “are made of the same materials as the 3DS.”

The 3DS XL’s speakers may seem different but produce the same sound quality as the 3DS’s speakers. The 3DS XL’s face buttons, D-pad, and shoulder buttons are, according to Nintendo, “slightly bigger than the 3DS buttons.”


140 thoughts on “Nintendo Explains The Differences Between 3DS XL & 3DS”

      1. Wow …you seriously had to use that type of language? IMO, when using horrible language only makes the typist who said it ….DUMB! BTW, as a mother who did not know the difference between the two, other than size, this question helped alot. Obviously I knew it was the size difference but sometimes there are other features that are modified/changed as well. So thank you for explaining!

        1. I appreciate the explanation, with so many new gadgets & upgrades on the market many moms like myself wanted this clarified

        2. People who are offended by “harsh” or “dirty” language are the ones who make it so in their own mind. Its all part of the English language we all speak. Don’t be so narrow minded. You can’t expect someone to respect your point of view and shun theirs. And yes I am a parent.

          1. If your a parent you must not be a very good one – cussing is NOT a language we all speak. Some of us are refined and educated enough to not have to resort to using the ‘F-bomb’ when discussing something as simple as a difference between game systems. So you’d be ok with your child using this type of language at school and the teacher and parents of the other children should just accept it? And yes, I can expect someone to respect my point of view being made in a civilized manner over some barbarian who feels the need to use ugly language for no other reason than shock value or them thinking they’re ‘cool’. How sad it is that any parent would accept this from an adult or a child.

          2. You are also an idiot. Now how did you like that?

            There is no place for crude, vile language in an intellectual, civilized society. It is a sure sign of a person who cannot express themselves in a civilized manner. For you to say that it is all part of the English Language we all speak means you accept it. Most of us do not, will not, and will stand up to those that use it.

            I, for one, did not know the difference in size because I had never seen these devices side by side, but then, I am a grandfather, and do not spend my time playing games, I read books. Maybe you ought to try it sometime.

            1. You are a fucking idiot. You literally have nothing else to do but to talk down on somebody else in the comment section of the DS website, trying to stick up for someone who really doesn’t give a shit about you in the first place. All you fucking had to do was just stay quiet and scroll along but no you want to be a fucking hero, how you had to deal with an asshole like me who has to put in his opinion because someone feels like they need to do the same. Who really gives a shit if your mother what the fuck does that have to do with any of this, it’s a fucking game system not a fucking M rated game Dumbass, The only difference is one is bigger then the other you have to be fucking retarded if you do not know that xl means. So please for the sake of this section and for the sake of yourself please stop commenting and trashing people because then you have to face people like me fucking dumb bitch.

        3. Agreed! I also looked it up to see if there were any additional features that the 3ds did not have. Some of us “older” people don’t play these systems and need to ask these questions. Well said mom1171! :)

        4. You are a fucking idiot. You literally have nothing else to do but to talk down on somebody else in the comment section of the DS website, trying to stick up for someone who really doesn’t give a shit about you in the first place. All you fucking had to do was just stay quiet and scroll along but no you want to be a fucking hero, how you had to deal with an asshole like me who has to put in his opinion because someone feels like they need to do the same. Who really gives a shit if your mother what the fuck does that have to do with any of this, it’s a fucking game system not a fucking M rated game Dumbass, The only difference is one is bigger then the other you have to be fucking retarded if you do not know that xl means. So please for the sake of this section and for the sake of yourself please stop commenting and trashing people because then you have to face people like me fucking dumb bitch.

    1. yes, I wanted to know the difference and that is that the 3dsXL is a larger screen. I think that is important to know, don’t you?

          1. Yep. Bear in mind that the resolutions will remain the same, and I can already see jaggies on my 3DS, I don’t even wanna imagine how ba dit looks double-sized.

          1. Fuck you,you cunt face asshole u don’t know what ur talking about….choothia bhianchood gandoo……die in hell dick skin…

        1. none cares about gramar when they r typing( i used r instead of are haha!) cuz this is texting language, not textbook language. so, dont make big deals about how ppl type and if they use correct grammar or wut ever.

          **i used r instead of are, cuz instead of because, ppl instead of people, andwut instead of what haha in ur face Raymond!

    1. To be fair, it’s a very good thing for people who have problems with eye strain due to the smaller size of the original 3DS.
      I’m sure that demographic is jumping for joy right about now.
      Met one earlier, matter of fact.XD

  1. Really, now? I was expecting specs, too, like dimensions and whatnot. I think it was easy to tell this stuff already.

  2. At the IDEF, in France, the 3DS XL was playable.
    The first huge difference is that, because of the size of the screen, the 3D effect is better and it doesn’t leave when you move a little.
    Once you played on the 3DS XL it’s hard to come back to the 3DS. ^^

    (sorry for my potentials mistakes :3)

      1. really? now I’m gay? dude you are progressing, if you continue everyone is gonna het you, why don’t you just stop buddy? n_n

  3. By sales you would think everybody owns a 3DS but actually its just retards buying the same crap 4-5 times were 3ds 250 it would have been garbage

    1. If you’re going to troll, at least be clever about it and not fumble around some random words that make no sense. Its the fastest selling console ever but i wouldn’t think everyone owns one.

  4. In defense of aelos Of course Nintendo games outsell..their fanbase consist of mostly little kids=casuals to retarded to know theyre buying garbage. Somebody said mario games were always easy smh smb 3 would dissagree smh see kids are stupid proof? 3DSXL

    1. yo keep in mind there loyal fan base that are with Nintendo since nes, in the launch line up in 3ds there a lot of adults line up for 3ds, so idk why say nintendo is for kid when most of us brought us to the video games with nes back in the day, so are u telling mii that kids dont deserve any game while u do, i call that selfish.

  5. @ravyu that 3ds is cheap trash thats so affordable you could buy more than one giving the impression that is a most wanted system besides mostly kids buy what do they know about gaming anyways

    1. having a cheap console does not mean bad, in fact it means that wii get to focus more on buying the games rather than hardware.

  6. @Mark your glad ninty lied used u like a tool and purposly left out the secound anolog just to sale a circle pad pro accessory? Yep this confirms it ninty fans r fucking idiots truly proving sales mean nothing true hardcore now its GARBAGE enjoy being lie

    1. u are telling mii that having an expensive what ever it is while have a different thing that’s cheaper, better, an reliable for ur needs is what i call “u been sucker in”.

  7. @revolution Actually yes its bad it means a console is stuck with shovelware,ports,rushed ips with glitches and weak 3rd party support. Actually u have to buy hardware to fix problems others innovated upon like motion plus,ethernet,hd cable,batterys & etc

    1. look up 3DO its expensive but full of shovel ware, look at ps1 weak but great games; shovel ware will be no matter what if its weak or strong.

  8. @revolution Your right but the problem is when u cater to kids your games lack in quality,recycled concepts.cliches,overused boss battle systems,over simplistic gaming even on console and lack of creativity dxcept for kid icurius

    1. All games on ps/360 are over the top easy!!!!!!! I hate that. On the Nintendo games you are being challenged…. especially the first party games.

      Check Uncharted series, I never saw a easy beautiful game in my life. After about 4 hours you are bored cause of the level of difficulty. Give me Nintendo ANYDAY!!!!!

      Get N or get OUT!!!!

      1. thats what im trying to say to this fool, they say “nintendo games are too easy and for babies” but they just finish there single player mode for 5 hr plus not a lot of replay value; also what the chance that there going to touch those games again once the next “big title come” even though is no difference from before.

      2. First party games are challenging?

        I can’t remember the last time a Zelda or Mario game actually challenged me. I stopped playing Mario Galaxy after a couple of hours because it was so easy.

        I only played through New Super Mario Bros. Wii because of nostalgia, but that too was simple as all hell.

        It goes both ways. And you want to talk challenging? Go try to play and finish any of the Halo games, namely Halo 1 or Halo: Reach, on legendary. Good luck with that: I am an avid Halo player and it took everything I had to beat Reach.

        1. Nintendo games are only meant to the difficult the in post game(it’s the most evident in Kirby games). I can only think of a handful of exceptions to this. DKCR might just be the hardest game I’ve ever 100%’d.

    2. is in it what cod is doing, plus if nobody support the casuals the industry WILL slowly die, why do u think nintendo has best selling on the wii for.

  9. @revolution 3dsxl is textbook definition of suckerd in while i wont deny it will sell ton a certain theres a sucker born every minute comes to mind. I thought they said they wouldnt relese cuz it would insult customers & make ninty seem mistrusted

    1. well i can say the same with vita (a.k.a PS Vitanic) that people are sucker in to have a big screen plus with no games, they said they would no remodel the 3ds, but never said they will make it bigger, plus with are u whinnying about it not a big deal.

        1. “Remodeling means to change” not completely true, plus this WILL NOT replace the original 3ds models so keep that in mind.

  10. @revolution so lying is not a big deal? Wow you must have no dignity and self respect. As for vita what makes you think im a fan of sony? I was defending aelos besides it has more digital games than 3ds

    1. look at sony closely they say motion control ( wii control) was a bad move for nintendo BUT wait Sony is doing the same thing so those M$; dont act like Nintendo is the only company that lies to the world.
      ————-
      its Nintendo
      it
      does
      everything.

  11. @revolution ps had great games even though weak because they always cater to 3rd party developers unlike nintendo draconion standards like pay developers after selling an x amount smh & u wonder why ubisoft was their main highlight

    1. not really Sony has always rely on 3rd party with there consoles, u lucky the M$ is not japan otherwise……

  12. @revolution when has microsoft stated that? I like opposing peoples views in debates. Im not a sony fan because they disrespect their fans even stating they would buy a brick just beccause it has sony labeled on it. After 25 yrs nintendont does catchup

    1. u got to look at it from other point of view, if the wii were to ever fail let just say that back then, then it proves that the industry is really dieing, because now look at it from this view back then majority of people playing games are 18< over, industry is not improving not once, and alienating this can hurt next gen but worst, Nintendo choose the blue ocean strategy path because they want to bring the masses back and look at the console right now its selling more than before.

  13. @revolution well japan have brand loyalty and they buy stuff like consoles for example not based on how great it is but because theyve stuck with it for years that really says alot about why crappy systems get purchased in numbers

  14. have they explained why it costs at least $70 more in europe than america. the thieving little bastards, i’m fed up of this shit!

  15. Continued so japs are traditionalist but new generations try out new brands. Really its another one not all but one example why saturn and dreamcast were more succesful in japan

  16. @venom jamaica really?! So devil may cry is easier than kirby epic yarn where u cant even die lolwut. So far nintygames have in game assistance(cheats),easy puzzles that r obviouse and lets not eveb mention mario its becaome a joke.

    1. well what about ps games most wait scratch that ALL of them are easy single players so i dont see why ur making sound like nintendo is the only company that is doing this while ur blind to not notice that sony and M$ plus 3rd party are doing the same, just because there colorful does not make it easy.

  17. @revolution actually bitching as you call it gets shit done without bitching you wouldnt have had xenoblade as i recall. Nintendo quality has went downhill part in due to a bunch of spineless nintyfanboy YESMEN

    1. 1. i don’t care for xenoblade and never even ask for it.
      2. Nintendo quality games have not went downhill at all.
      3. are u sure u are not talking about sega because that the last sentence made mii lol for how ignorant that statement is.

    1. From what Ive heard there is one, but there is a work around (I’ve never tried it myself) using a program, roms, wifi, and ofcourse a 3ds. like I said, I’ve never tried it, and wouldn’t know if it works but its on youtube.

  18. @revolution tell you what I might give nintendo anothet chance and buy a wii u console but my only resonable complain is will the 3rd party devs give nintendo a chance? Ive seen wii miss out on games like marvel vs. & it seems capcom give…continued

  19. Contined capcom gives mediocre games on wii and better version on the others like tekken vs. What gives why do they give ya the dumb versions of games lke tekken instead of tekken vs street fighter ?

  20. It would be good if they upgraded the D-pad somewhat on the 3DS XL. The 3DS D-pad is not very good in my opinion, it feels creaky and squishy! The one on the DSLite is great. But if they didn’t, oh well, its not a big deal, the circle pad is more important anyways.

  21. In all seriousness, I want this. I do find the normal 3ds screen a bit small for my liking and the 3DS XL will be perfect to use when the new AC game comes out

  22. Well, I don’t have a 3DS yet (:<), but if I get the money after 3DSXL comes out, I'll get the XL. But if I already owned a 3DS, I wouldn't even bother.

  23. Um no this is not a stupid question the ppl at gamestop are misleading n told me that it’s bigger and dnt have 3d like the 3ds so blah stfu get over ourselves

    1. Thats because gamestop doesnt bother to check if the person knows anything about video games or consoles. My wife got turned down for a job there because the 18 y o blonde slut was hotter and well sex sells.

  24. for ppl that dont know much about games and stuff this is not a stupid question..but for those who think so…..lol yall make me laugh…nobody was born knowing anything. D.A..!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Ya everything on the 3ds xl is so big so it isn’t as mobile or portable as the 3Ds

    That is one thing I particularly do not like about the 3ds xl. It’s just not right.

  26. The battery included to help power those 4.88-inch and 4.18-inch displays also allows the device to game for longer before requiring a charge. The 3DS was rated at 5 hours for 3DS games and 8 hours for DS games. The 3DS XL increases that to 6.5 hours and 10 hours respectively.

    i think this is one of the good qualities of the XL..and the less glare too..it is $30 more but more hrs is a good quality in a game system.. XD

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