If you're considering buying a 3DS for yourself or maybe as a gift for a child or teen, the 3DS XL is a seriously great system to consider getting versus the smaller 3DS model. For $30 more than the regular 3DS you get 90% larger screens versus the original 3DS which makes the game look substantially better than they do on the smaller screen, and much better for viewing videos and movies(via Netflix). Also the 3D surround sound speakers have been improved and produces much better quality 3D sound. Another great enhancement on the XL is the longer battery life which is around 7 hours of playtime, much better than the 3-5 on the smaller 3DS, which is great if you're playing wifi games, and if not, it's just great having a system that can last on the on-board battery without needing to be charged frequently. The XL is also much more comfortable to hold and it's overall design is much more impressive and streamlined when compared to the smaller model. It also comes packed with a 4GB SDHC card on-board the 3DS, so no need for an additional card if you plan on downloading games from the Nintendo eStore. A better value than the Playstation Vita, which gives you no memory card at the $249 price point. The 3DS is only $199 and has a memory card as well as its own on-board core memory(about 1GB). So if you weigh the value, the XL gives you plenty bang for your buck, it's worth every penny. Plus with the 3DS and the XL, it's compatible with all Nintendo DS games. So if you have a library of DS games, they will all work on your 3DS. This is definitely Nintendo's best handheld yet with the biggest screens yet and an overall massive improvement over the original 3DS system. If you're considering one, I wouldn't even hesitate, it's a great investment that really does provide entertainment not only for yourself but also others in your house that might change their opinion on video games if they give the 3DS a try.
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