While I’ve been a semi-loyal Nintendo girl since the tender age of about 5 years old when Pokemon Red landed in my toybox, the Nintendo 3DS XL didn’t stand out to me when first released. A little too big, I thought, now that I’d become a fully-fledged human often toting a handbag in the crook of my arm and found in a fashion office for the vast majority of my day.
Additionally, there is a Wi-Fi switch on the same side, so the Virgos of the world can categorise and associate techy features to the right of the console. (I’m not even a Virgo… I don’t know why I said that.) A motion sensor and gyro sensor means that there is a whole new world of opportunities with games. Whether you’re moving from side to side or tilting your screen – just imagine Mario Kart with this feature. In the same vein, there is a pedometer that operates when you put the console to sleep, which is great when you’re on a sporadic health kick!
The Nintendo 3DS XL also has a standard analog control and bonus circle pad which is quite commonly used but something that takes the 3DS XL to another level in my opinion. So much easier to catch bugs and fish in Animal Crossing now! Finally, another thing to note is the 3D camera which I am quite simply fascinated with. How, does that bad boy work?! Nice nonetheless, but I can’t decide how to use all of those pixelated snaps…
Overall, I’m a 3DS XL convert. I confess. It resides either in my home office (slap on the wrist), on my bedside table or in my handbag, and I probably play on it at least six days a week. The Wi-Fi capability paired with Friend Codes and Nintendo community capabilities means it is super social – great for us bloggers. I couldn’t recommend it enough for both seasoned gamers and those who are looking for something to pass time away this summer. ♥
Disclaimer: I was gifted my Nintendo 3DS XL in order to review Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I have not been paid to write this additional post about my console, I just thought it’d be useful as so many of you are considering picking one up for some New Leaf action!