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Hi,

As the title suggests I tested a bunch of SNES, GBC, GBA VC as well as DS games, and all of them suffer from the same problem, they look so washed out on my N3DS XL compared to the same games running on emulators on my laptop. At first, I thought it was simply due to a combination of the emulators config and the subpar screens of the 3DS compared to the one on my laptop and left it at that. After a while, I wanted to test those same DS and GBA games on my old DS Lite, and lo and behold the colors look much closer to the results I get on my laptop as opposed to the 3DS which looks like someone applied a white filter on it.

I tried doing some googling which came out with a couple of solutions:

- https://gbatemp.net/threads/restoring-original-colors-to-gba-vc.427642/ This thread to supposedly fix the washed out colors for GBA
-Holding select or start to boot the games in pixel perfect mode
-Fiddling with the injectors

Sadly, none of them could replicate the color accuracy that I get on my DS Lite/Emulators compared to the 3DS.

At this point, I gave up trying to play oldies on the 3DS, but I just wanted to try to see if people over here had the same experience as me, and if they could find a workaround.
 
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N3DSXL actually do look pale even compared to a Lite. You can do slightly better with IPS panels but not much, that's just the look Nintendo went for. Could be related to trying to get a more tolerable 3D effect for all I know.
 

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You should read the following threads. This fixed the washed out color problem for me.
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow never looked better on my N3DS!:)

https://gbatemp.net/threads/twpatch...ilters-and-patches.542694/page-9#post-8712553
https://gbatemp.net/threads/twpatch...ds-i-mode-scaling-filters-on-your-3ds.543291/

I've seen that thread numerous times, but I never could figure out where the download link was, turns out it was in the 9th page :ninja:
I'll try it out when I get home and report back.

N3DSXL actually do look pale even compared to a Lite. You can do slightly better with IPS panels but not much, that's just the look Nintendo went for. Could be related to trying to get a more tolerable 3D effect for all I know.
Aren't DS Lites TN screens as well ? It's completely ridiculous that a screen from a handheld that was released 6 years prior looks better than the new one.
And what you're saying about the 3D thing might have some legs because, whenever I turn on the 3D effect, the games seem to become less blurry and the colors a bit more vivid, it's especially more noticeable in 2D games. Obviously you can't turn on 3D on legacy games, which got me wondering how they would look like on a 2DS.
 
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