3DS XL vs DSi XL
The whole world knows about Nintendo’s new 3DS XL now. I can’t say it was a poorly kept secret because those Nintendo Ninjas are so very good at keeping information from getting out and making yourself doubt rumors.
But one thing that is likely to cross a lot of people’s minds is how does the 3DS XL compare to the DSi XL? Both obviously were super sized versions of the little brothers.
The DSi XL is 91mm long, 161mm wide, 21mm tall and weighs 314g. Not bad. Certainly was a bulky step up during 2010. Blowing up the DS’s 256×192 resolution on the DSi XL’s 4.2 inch screens didn’t make the game’s look bad, but it did begin to point out how making the image bigger could alter how appealing it looks visually.
The DSi XL had 76ppi while the 3DS XL sports 95ppi. For reference the original 3DS had 132ppi.
Right away we notice that Nintendo opted for a physical power button again instead of a slider like on the DS Lite. The HOME/START/SELECT buttons appear to be less spongy and more like individual buttons. The 3DS XL is 93mm long, 165mm wide, and 22mm tall. It also packs on a little weight coming in at 336g.
Basically the 3DS XL is even bigger than the DSi XL. If you thought the DSi XL was hard to fit in your pockets then you’ll need to bust out that old pair of parachute pants for Nintendo’s latest 3DS unit.
Overall we’d say the 3DS XL is the more impressive of the two units, but it feels less impressive. The DSi XL added a shiny (fingerprint magnet) touch to the top of units when closed and that spiced up the look of the DSi.
The 3DS XL however seems to take things away like the 3D indicator light. All in all the 3DS XL’s aesthetics aren’t as pleasing when critiquing how the inside of the unit looks when opened as the original 3DS.
Unless you really want the bigger screens of the XL I’d say this remodel isn’t worth the money to upgrade to. If you’re not already a 3DS owner than you’re in luck, and the 3DS XL will be right for you.