3DS or 3DS XL?

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  1. naved.islam14
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    naved.islam14 Gbatemp's Official Dark Knight™

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    So, I think my brother's DS broke so he'll want to buy a 3DS. I was thinking that I'll give him my 3DS and I'll buy a 3DS XL. But is the the XL worth it? And if I do a system transfer, what happens to my save?

    PS: Sorry if this has been posted before.
     
  2. beta4attack

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    If you mean retail games, then they will be there as the saves are on the cartridge. If there's anything you bought from the eShop, then you just put the SD card of your old 3DS into your new one after the system transfer and everything will be back to normal, and yes, even saves of digital content/games.
     
  3. Harsky

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    I've never owned a 3DS but I can say that the 3DS XL is such an awesome upgrade from a DS Lite. As for system transfer, once you initiate the system transfer from the settings, everything from the old 3DS will move over to the new one. After that, all you have to do is take the SD card from the old 3DS and put it into the new 3DS XL. I'm sure someone will correct me but I think the save data for digital copies of games are stored on the SD card itself.
     
  4. rafferty_shaun

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    I have had both a 3DS and 3DSXL and I honestly could not go back to the 3DS from my XL, everything looks so much better, the size makes it easier on the eye and the controls are much easier on my hands too. If you have the extra money to be able to afford the XL then I would definitely go for it.

    Also the game saves for digital games will be transferred over along with the digital games without issue and all cartridge games have the save on the actual cartridge so there should not be any issues there.
     
  5. Rydian

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    Everybody and their grandmother likes the XL versions of the systems better.
     
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    Personally I think the 3DSXL feels really cheap and flimsy compared to the 3DS and the DS lite. Always feels like I'm going to flick my wrist the the screen is going to snap off.
     
  7. Prior22

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    Since this is the handheld market we're talking about though isn't it pretty much inevitable that another 3DS model will be released? I guess the two key questions are when and if battery life will feature a significant upgrade.

    As much as I am a Nintendo fan the fact that there isn't a user replaceable battery bothers me to end. So maybe for a new 3DS model we could get a user replaceable battery, or bare minimum one with a battery life increase of a few hours.
     
  8. McHaggis

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    As someone who recently upgraded to an XL, I have to disagree with you. I had an early 3DS that I bought about 2 months after launch, and the XL in comparison feels much more sturdy and has a lot of minor upgrades to the hardware, such as:
    • An extra screen locking position
    • A click-on/off 3D slider which makes it really easy to precisely set the 3D to minimum without switching it off
    • Better stylus placement
    • A non-creaky d-pad
    • Proper buttons for select, home and start
    • A matte shell that doesn't look like crap from fingerprints after 30 seconds of play.
    To name a few. Nothing about the 3DS XL feels cheap in my opinion, but perhaps that's just because I've had a lot of hands-on time with both the XL and standard model. The only reason I would encourage a standard model over the XL is if you carry the console around in your pocket a lot. The XL isn't very comfortable in that respect unless you have really huge pockets.
     
  9. naved.islam14
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    naved.islam14 Gbatemp's Official Dark Knight™

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    Thanks for your opinions. I just hope now that his DS really broke, because otherwise I'm not getting anything :P
     
  10. bowser

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    It's not that hard to "make sure" that his DS is broken :P
     
  11. Jamstruth

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    I went from an old DSPhat to a 3DSXL last month. Compared to that it was a hell of an upgrade. Same general size but a lot more screensize.

    Unless you're a stickler for things being ridiculously portable I'd take the XL over the standard. It feels just the right size to me.
     
  12. Ryukouki

    Ryukouki See you later, guys.

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    XL by far. I hated the 3DS's design because the edges jutted into the palm frequently. The 3DS XL got rounded edges and just feels that much better.
     
  13. skarthebloodchild

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    3ds xl is much more comfortable to play.
    you will not regret getting an xl.
     
  14. how_do_i_do_that

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    All you had to do to avoid the square edges was get a crystal shell or one of those rubberized skins to round out the edges.
     
  15. CrimzonEyed

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    The only negative with the XL is that the speaker volume isn't quite as high.