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Enhance your portable gaming experience with this New Nintendo 3DS XL console. Its 3D face-tracking capability captures movements precisely for enhanced game play, and the C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons provide more control for favorite games. This New Nintendo 3DS XL console recognizes your amiibo figures easily thanks to a built-in NFC reader.

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    What's Included


    • New Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5938 out of 6072)

    Features


    New Galaxy Style, New 3DS XL

    Enjoy new look of your favorite console in Galaxy style. Console and owner's manual included.

    Nintendo 3DS XL console

    Access games, multiplayer action, movies, and live TV all with one device.

    Backward compatible with the entire DS family of handhelds

    Plays all Nintendo DS games.

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Challenge your friends or the whole world anytime, anywhere with Wi-Fi.

    Two-screen gameplay

    The 3DS features two screens, including one 3D screen and a touch screen with the stylus interface that offers unique gameplay experiences.

    Bigger screens

    The 3DS XL features 90% more screen real estate than the original 3DS, giving you a better view into the game worlds you love.

    Additional functionality for supported games

    Includes a right-hand analog thumbstick and ZL and ZR buttons, that are not available on the original 3DS XL models.

    Watch TV, movies and more

    Nintendo Video allows you to download videos and watch them in 3D.

    StreetPass links you with other players

    Exchange data with other 3DS users to play fun minigames, collect digital items or unlock additional features in the games you play.

    SpotPass automatically connects you to the wireless hotspots

    Get updates and bonus content for several of your games, even while your 3DS is in sleep mode.

    *AC Adapter not included. You can use any Nintendo 3DS, 2DS, 3DS XL, or DSi charger with the New Nintendo 3DS XL.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 6072 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      5 Star Product 4 Star Rating- Read

      Posted
      doc8998
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Let's begin with the fact that the 3DSXL is amazing. I'm not much for portable systems, preferring to play games on my phone when on the go. But, this system, which was a present for my son for a car trip to keep him busy, has captured my attention when I have the chance. Nice, big screen. Simply cool 3D without the need for glasses. Solid, sturdy construction. Great catalog backed by Nintendo exclusives. The only reason I'd say to go with the 2DSXL over 3DSXL is if, like my wife, you suffer from a vision issue that prevents seeing the 3D itself. (Keep in mind, the 3DSXL has a slider that allows you to reduce the 3D effect all the way to a flat 2D, so no need to worry if it's a shared device between family that have different "vision requirements". So, if you're torn based solely on budget, save your money and do without until you can invest in the 3D- it really is THAT cool. So... WHY, with all my positivity, is there a 4 star rating? This is important, so if you choose to purchase a 3DSXL, be prepared. There is NO charging cable included. That's right, should you not purchase one with your newly acquired 3DSXL, and you unpack it to a low or zero charge, you've effectively bought a paperweight until you can head back to the store and purchase one. I'm of the "big love for tech," sort, and cables I can salvage from almost anything outdated over the years generally remain in one of several storage boxes, and amongst the hundred old cables in them, not a single one was compatible. So, after opening the 3DSXL at night, having next to no charge, no compatible cable, it required returning the next day and another $15 in order to actually play it. This is ridiculous, but made more unforgivable by the fact that there's no notice on the box that the charging cable is not included. Due to no highlighting of this fact, it took some time for it to dawn on me that it wasn't that my system was somehow missing the cable (despite being sealed). It took a second reading of the setup to realize that in the charging section, where it showed the connection, that it had (cable sold separately) listed. There may be plenty of reasons Nintendo chose not to include it, which, in and of itself isn't necessarily a bad thing... Although I simply cannot recall purchasing any portable electronics over the years that didn't include a way to actually charge it so it could... you know... WORK. No, it's the fact that this isn't highlighted BOLDLY upon the box so people can make their entire purchase in one visit.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If your a new 3ds user like me, you need to buy.

      Posted
      AM96
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Deisgn: The outer cases are very nice looking and feel and look smooth, but tend to get fingerprint smudges easily. The inside screens are about the size of a common smartphone and look great. The volume and 3d sliders are on the upper part of the 3ds, which is a great touch, and the stylus, power button, headphone jack, and game slot are all on the bottom of the device. I don't like that the power button is on the button because I have accidently swiped over it on accident multiple times and lost my progress in games like LoZ, which is extremely annoying. The circle movement pad feels a bit strange at first and is a bit annoying at times, but it gets the job done well enough. I don't particularly like the c-stick much as it doesn't move the camera in games like LoZ quick enough. The button placement is nice with everything close enough to where you don't have to reach to far to push anything. Overall, it's a great design with a few problems but nothing awful. Gameplay: I've played Pokémon Alpha, Animal Crossing, And Majora's mask, as well as a short stint with Super Smash Bros, and am quite impressed. I personally did not enjoy Smash Bros because the controls were a bit difficult to transition to from previous console ports, but for all the other games the Gameplay is very smooth and hardly ever stutters unless you are playing online with slow Internet or something extremely hectic is happening on screen. Games like LoZ Majora's Mask feel fantastic and I actually prefer it on the 3DS compared to its original N64 game. I was at first skeptical that the 3d effect was just a sham and afterthought, but I actually thoroughly enjoy it and rarely turn it off. It adds a whole new level of depth to games that use the effect well. The games available on the 3ds are actually quite large and are chock-full of quality games, ranging from plenty of remakes and remasters, to new additions in plenty of series and new spinoffs, there is almost no end to how much time you can sink in to this device. There are a few apps you can get, outside of all the retail games that are available digitally and some virtual collection games from Nes and Snes, but outside of Netflix and Youtube, all the best apps are already installed unless I'm missig something. Overall this is a must own for any gamer, casual, hardcore, young, old, bky, girl, whatever, it's fun for everyone and I recommend it to anyone. One thing though, YOU MUST MAKE SURE YOU BUY A CHARGER! IT IS NOT INCLUDED!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great system, despite some odd design choices.

      Posted
      John
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The most important thing to know if you do not already own a 3DS is that the New 3DS does not come with a charger; you have to purchase it separately. They're not too expensive, but you don't want to get home and discover that you can't charge your new system. If you already own the old 3DS you can just use your old charger. With that out of the way, the New 3DS is a good system. The new screen does a good job of maintaining the 3D effect even if you're moving the system or your head around. The upgraded CPU lets you play more demanding games like Super Smash Bros without having to reboot the system. The extra C stick is a fine addition, but I haven't found it to be of much use. Maybe I just need more games that use it. Other than that, it does everything the old 3DS did, just a bit faster. I only have two minor complaints. First, the previously mentioned lack of a charger. If you're upgrading from an old 3DS I suppose this might be a plus, since you don't need two identical chargers. The main problem is that it's easy to miss. There is a notice on both the front and back of the box, but in both places it's rather small. I understand Nintendo not wanting to put a big warning on the front of the box, but the one on the back should have been more prominent. Second, the micro SD card has been moved to be under the back panel of the system, requiring you to remove two screws and pry the back off to replace it. It's nice that they put a little hook on the stylus to help remove the back, but I found it inadequate and had to use a screwdriver. There are small plastic tabs holding the back on in addition to the screws which will make a popping noise as the back is removed. This would have been quite alarming if I hadn't known to expect it. Most people will never have to do this more than once though, if they ever replace the card at all, so I don't see it being a big deal, it's just an odd thing for Nintendo to do. One little bonus of having to remove the back is it also gives you access to the battery. Prior to doing this I didn't realize the battery was easily replaceable. The same is true of the old 3DS.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      New 3DS Features -Basic Review

      Posted
      Cassie
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is my review for the New 3DS (red). I am going to jump right in and only focus on features that I feel need to be talked about. Please enjoy! The mini joystick reminds me of old 90's IBM Laptops. It's a bit annoying to use if you want to use the "a" button/s as well. I wish it was a bit larger. I honestly think it is fine and works well. But for all the hype it got, I was expecting something a bit more...luxurious? I find that the system is faster than the 3DS. However, it's not perfect. The store is a bit faster, but not as fast as it should be. Same goes with loading the home screen from the settings page. Again, it's better, but not perfect. The 3D setting is actually useable now! I even find myself liking it! I don’t get dizzy, don’t get a headache, and don’t get annoyed. The 3D in the New 3DS is what they promised it would be for the original 3DS. The buttons have moved around and I LOVE IT. I am an adult, but my hands aren't large. Still, I would find myself accidentally turning on the volume to full blast, and once or twice I popped out the game card. No more! The New 3DS takes note of these issues and solves them. They even added some extra triggers. The only thing I didn't like is they got rid of the network on/off button; you now have to access it from your Home Settings. The battery. Wow. I never used to leave the wifi on my 3DS because it would drain it. However with this system, I have downloaded games, never turned wifi off, and yet have only charged it a few times. Huge improvement here. The color is metallic red on the outside. Gorgeous! It's shiny and lovely. When I saw it online, it looked auburn; a gross burnt red. But thankfully, it is not. I do, however, wish I had more colors to choose from other than black or red. Throw in white, or at least a blue, Nintendo! The transfer process is HORRIBLE. If you are replacing a 3DS (as I was) because it was broken and won't turn on....good luck to you. I've called customer service 4 times now, and will have to call them again. My save files for my digital downloads are GONE. This is absolutely horrible and Nintendo needs to fix ASAP. I will call them again tonight. Overall, I like my New 3DS. I don't regret replacing my broken 3DS with the New 3DS, even though it was more expensive. The buttons are awesome, the 3D is actually usable, and the battery is impressive. My overall opinion is if you have a working 3DS, don’t upgrade unless the battery and 3D setting are VERY important to you. But if you’re looking to replace your 3DS or get into the 3DS-World, get the New 3DS, hands down.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      My MH4U Box

      Posted
      ilithis
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is my first DS since the DS Lite, I'm impressed with the load times for MH4U, but the screen's pixel density could use some help. If the smaller new3ds was available in NA, I would totally have bought that instead despite the smaller screen size. So the upside is that it comes built in with the second analog stick compared to the older hardware. The downside is that the second analog stick sucks compared to the primary analog stick. I guess it beats buying a circle pad pro? Stylus placement is nice, I don't mind it being a lefty. The better 3D cameras show, its still a niche thing, but its fun to show off to people who don't have a 3DS to show them what kind of cool stuff Nintendo is doing. I wear glasses for distance, so watching 3D movies and stuff requires 2 sets of glasses which is a nightmare. So, what Nintendo is doing with glasses-less 3D is good in my book. The buttons are good. Just the right amount of squish to click ratio except for the L1/2 and R1/2 buttons, these are too squishy. The L2 and R2 buttons I never use, MH4U controls are the same as L1 and R1, which is part of the reason why I never use L2 and R2. With that said, when I grip the new3ds I have more of a claw grip than a palm grip, so its hard to reach the L2 and R2 buttons. The default microSD card size is a joke, I think it was 4GB. Even downloading the few free things on the store when I first turned it on exceeded the maximum capacity of the microSD card. I have a 32GB Class U1 Samgsung microSD card in right now, plenty of space and speed. The replacement required me to have a computer to copy the 4GB contents onto, then copy the 4GB contents from the computer to the 32GB card. Nintendo has hidden the microSD slot behind the back cover which was strange to me at first. But really once you upgrade (because you will) you won't need to open the back cover again. So the extra effort to hide it is worth it because its a one time deal. As always, Nintendo shows they can do some crazy awesome stuff with some crazy underpowered hardware. The new3ds took this too far though, give me more pixels please, when I can see the individual pixels without trying, there is a problem. When looking at the hardware specs of the new3ds I can't help but think Nintendo is living in the past a little bit.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent upgrade from 3DS XL

      Posted
      Jakob
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Previous to purchasing this new 3ds xl I owned the original 3ds xl which has been my go-to gaming system for a long time. Upgrading to the new system is a game changer and here's why. - Face tracking 3D: forget about sitting in one place with your head tilted the perfect way to see that 3D rendering of your 3D games because now the system has an additional sensor that tracks your eye movement as well as your head tilt to ensure you are seeing the 3D effect at all times. It works really well and has made me turn my 3D back on while playing all my games. Awesome feature. - Additinonal joystick: This feature turned out to be a bigger deal than I thought. Games like monster hunter and the like now all recommend that you use a new 3ds system to control the camera as well as your character using the new dual joysticks. It works really well in those 3D worlds needing independent camera manipulation and makes for a whole different experience without having to buy any accessories like you would with the old system. - Faster processor + bigger battery = more fun for every full charge. There is a noticeable difference in battery life as this system lasts a lot longer than the previous one. Not only that but it lets you play with a power saving mode as well as modifying your screen brightness depending on your surroundings much like a cellphone would. This combined with the faster prcessor gets you into the games faster, loads content faster and gets you longer playtime. It's a win win. So in conclusion: should you upgrade? That really depends on your situation. If you only play games like pokemon or the like where you prefer to have your 3D off most of the time then I would suggest you stick with your current system but for the vast majority of gamers looking for the ultimate handheld system, it's a clear, 'yes' to upgrade from me. Everything has been improved and we can finally utilize that sweet face tracking 3D to play our games without having to sit like a statue. We've broadened the games we can play by a lot due to the second joystick and new amiibo reader on the bottom screen that needed accessories to function in the previous system. It's faster, it lasts longer, it does more. What's not to like? Is it worth it? Yes. 100% yes.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Product - but the DS isn't Usable as Sold

      Posted
      AnneR
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I love my 3DS. I decided to upgrade to the new 3DS XL for the larger screen and adaptive 3D. The adaptive 3D is a noticeable improvement when I'm using the game in the expected way - sitting with it in my lap, in reasonable lighting, even in a jostling environment as a passenger in a car. Haven't tried it out yet on a subway, but on the whole I'm very happy with it. I'd be giving it five starts, except... The $199.99 package does not include an AC adapter or power cord OF ANY KIND. This seems ridiculous - a USB cable at the least would have easily fit in the box and not significantly impacted the price. It does use the same adapter as all the modern DSes - so your DSi, 3DS, and older 3DS XL adapters will work, for example. But if you don't already own a compatible DS, or you want to avoid having to time-share one adapter among DSes, you will need to buy some way to power the thing in additional to the unit itself. Very, very annoying - and it could have been stated in MUCH larger type on the box that no sort of powering option AT ALL is included. There is only a statement in small type in the middle of all the text on the back of the box that no AC adapter is included. There is no indication that the unit is unusable UNLESS you purchase or already own some sort of additional cable or adapter. So yeah, I'd recommend it to someone who was contemplating DSes, but I would also warn them about the missing critical piece.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A portable console to play and have fun

      Posted
      Niliver
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      Today we see a lot of mobile devices in the market, most of them with casual video games and a few 'hard core' games. I also have an iPhone so... why another portable device?. Well, I don't always carry the New Nintendo 3DS XL with me but when I do it's because of the controls, the physical controls. A touch screen works great for many things, specially a high quality touch screen like the one used in the iPhone but for many games you'll get the best experience by using a game controller. Maybe it's because I grew up playing video games using controllers pads, joystick, mouse and keyboards, all of them physical controllers but could be that a touch screen is just not the best experience for all cases. I like my iPhone as a mobile computer with a phone app but I like my New Nintendo 3DS XL as a mobile/portable video game console. New Nintendo 3DS XL is great, I didn't have a previous portable Nintendo console so I cannot compare with previous versions. This version works great, 3D looks great in games like Majora's Mask, Super Mario 3D Land and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The controls are great and the touch screen is very responsive. It's well built, doesn't feel cheap and the black one looks nice. Buttons are well located and sound without headphones is good enough. Overall the hardware is very good and games look great. The only thing I don't like is the weight. After several years using the iPhone as a mobile device, the New Nintendo 3DS XL feels heavy. After an hour or less of playing I feel I have to rest my hands on a table while playing, otherwise I start to feel tired. Once I have my hands resting on table while playing I can play for several hours. There are many good games that can keep you entertained for hours, so far I've only played Majora's Mask, Monster Hunter and Super Mario 3D Land, all of them outstanding video games. You can't go wrong buying any or all of them. My conclusion is that even when the console offers things like a browser, it won't replace a mobile computer like an iPhone but it does a great job as a portable video game console; it doesn't feel like it pretends to be something else or something more, that's why I like it so much. This device is to play video games and you will have a lot of fun playing them on this console.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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