This special edition 3DSXL has a special image of Xerneas and Yvetal on the front, and the starters on the back--great for a Pokemon fan. It is quite shiny and attractive, but easy to scratch up.
In general, the 3DS XL is bigger and more comfortable to use than the regular 3DS. The interface is simple and easy on the eye, and game graphics are beautiful.
However, this is one handheld console I would not take with me on a trip. For one thing, the battery lasts between an hour or two, tops, which is about as bad as my Toshiba laptop. It also seems really fragile and breakable. The touchscreen scratches easily, and the DS family seem to be prone to top screen black-out. I have to be super careful while using and transporting it.
It is definitely not as sturdy as previous Nintendo handhelds, such as the Advance SP (I've thrown mine around and have dropped it a million times, yet it still lives). I think one fall could wreck the 3DSXL.
Bottom line: The 3DSXL is a great handheld for a responsible adult, but not good for the young or careless.
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