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  • I love my 3DS. You saw me just moments after I obtained it, after all, having camped out

  • on Black Friday for the special, Zelda-print edition. But, as a DSiXL owner, I missed having

  • huge screens and a larger system to accommodate my ridiculously large hands. And so I stared

  • longingly at the 3DSXL, but couldn’t bring myself to ditch that Zelda-tinged monstrosity

  • that I waited in the cold to obtain. And then, Nintendo turned the 3DSXL into a Pokemon.

  • And I couldn’t help myself. Sure, it’s just a slick, Pikachu-print paintjob, and

  • the inner workings are the same as theyve ever been. But I don’t care. IT’S PIKACHU.

  • And it’s freakinhuge, and the screens are big and beautiful. That’s the important

  • part. Also, IT’S PIKACHU.

  • Sure, I can show you this footage where I try to compare the size of the 3DS and 3DSXL’s

  • screens, but you really need to hold one to get a feeling of how stark the size difference

  • really is. The unexpected side effect of having a larger screen, though, is that the 3D effects

  • that comprise part of the system’s name now function better at longer distances from

  • your own eyes, which I’ve found significantly more comfortable while holding the system

  • for periods of time. Also, the wider body means I don’t get as many hand cramps while

  • furiously scribbling maps in Etrian Odyssey. I do have one complaint about the new form

  • factor, though: I often found myself inadvertently adjusting the volume while intense circle-pad

  • action was going on. The new rounder edges of the enclosure make this a real issue...

  • even if it is pretty much a non-issue.

  • If youre considering upgrading, Nintendo makes it easy to bring your old software over

  • by using the System Transfer option in the settings menu. Sure, it takes quite a while

  • - especially if youre like me and youve got a pile of downloaded games because an

  • existence without Mighty Switch Force isn’t an existence I’m all that enthusiastic about

  • - but the result carries over everything you need, including eShop account data and clearances

  • for all the games on your SD card. Which is awesome, because all I had to do was pop the

  • 16Gb beast out of my old DS, drop it in the new, and BAM. My Fire Emblem, my Pictobits,

  • my Shantae: Risky’s Revenge were good to go. Sure, you don’t really need all that

  • extra screen real estate if youre just playing Game Boy and NES games off of the

  • Virtual Console... but bigger screens are always better. Always. ALWAYS. Especially

  • if you get a free copy of StarFox 64 3D out of the deal by being a Club Nintendo member.

  • It’s been at least a decade since I’ve played this game, but it’s good to know

  • that I can still medal Corneria first time, every time. You guess you should be thankful,

  • Falco? You KNOW you should be thankful.

I love my 3DS. You saw me just moments after I obtained it, after all, having camped out

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CGR Undertow - NINTENDO 3DS XL PIKACHU EDITION Video Game Hardware Review

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    阿多賓 posted on 2013/04/09
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