We recently received a product sample of the new Nintendo 3DS XL Galaxy and can't put it down! The best part is it fits in my purse. This is really important to me, because I somehow always end up carrying everyone's belongings! Gaming is our favorite pastime for long car rides, long waits, and long trips. My kids are wild and I don't like them bothering people so I bring things that will keep them busy. (Now some people think they are angels, and I also use it as an incentive that they work for to earn game time.)
The NEW Nintendo 3DS XL is the newest addition to the 3DS family of systems. In addition to the screen being larger than the the regular 3DS version [Upper: 4.88 inches (diagonal), Lower: 4.18 inches (diagonal) compared to Upper: 3.53 inches (diagonal), Lower: 3.02 inches (diagonal)] and weighing about 12 ounces, here are key features:
- The 3D screen enables 3D view without the need for special glasses and the ability to adjust or turn off 3D effect with the 3D Depth Slider.
- The Face-tracking 3D feature automatically adjusts the “sweet spot” based on the location and angle of the user’s face even in dimly-lit conditions.
- The built-in amiibo functionality with NFC reader is located on the lower screen above the Home Button.
- Better processing power (compared to Nintendo 3DS) makes the system faster and more responsive as users move between applications or download items from the Nintendo eShop.
- Wide range of control schemes including the new C-Stick (a second control stick that enables for dual analog controls) and the new ZL and ZR shoulder buttons.
- Stereo cameras that enable users to take 3D photos can be viewed instantly on the 3D screen. Increased camera sensitivity lets users take photos even in low-light situations.
- SpotPass when activated is a feature that lets the Nintendo 3DS family of systems detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and obtain information, certain game data, free software, videos and so on for players even when the system is in Sleep Mode.
- StreetPass when activated is a feature that lets the Nintendo 3DS family of systems exchange certain game data automatically with other Nintendo 3DS family systems within range, even in Sleep Mode, once this feature is activated by the user. Data for multiple games can be exchanged simultaneously.
- Convenient features that users can access without stopping game play such as the HOME Menu, Internet Browser, Notifications, Miiverse, etc.
- Built-in software such as the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Maker, StreetPass Mii Plaza, AR Games, etc.
- Nintendo eShop is where users can browse and purchase downloadable software, see game trailers and learn about games.
- Internet browser supports 2D and 3D video playback.
- Parental Controls enable parents to restrict game content by ratings and limit the use of specific wireless connectivity, 3D functionality, etc.
New Games for Nintendo 3DS
- Mario Party Star Rush for Nintendo 3DS: Think fast and have a blast with a variety of ways to party with Mario, Toad and more in Mario Party Star Rush! The game features seven modes, including Toad Scramble, a mode with open maps to push your strategy, fast-paced mini-game gantlet Coinathon or Mario Shuffle, in which players maneuver three pieces to their opponent’s side of the board. In Toad Scramble, everyone plays as a Toad, but Mushroom Kingdom allies are waiting around the board to team up and take down bosses in mini-games. The game is also compatible with the Super Mario series amiibo figures. The game releases alongside seven new amiibo for purchase separately, including Daisy, Waluigi and glow-in-the-dark Boo. MSRP: $39.99, Release Date: November 4, 2016.
- Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for Nintendo 3DS: Nintendo is celebrating 20 years since the launch of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in Japan and the next era of Pokémon games is almost here! Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are coming out for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family in holiday 2016, with a new world, new Pokémon, and new adventures to discover! Starting today you can watch a special demo version of the new titles available in Nintendo eShop. MSRP: $39.99, Release Date: November 18, 2016.
- Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS: Now Nintendo 3DS owners will have access to a near-unlimited wealth of Super Mario courses to play! In Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, plays can also create courses with nearly all the tools available in the original Wii U version, along with interactive lessons. In a feature unique to the Nintendo 3DS version, friends who each have their own game and system can collaborate on level designs by sharing them with one another locally before they’re complete. While courses can’t be shared online, players can connect to the internet to download and play select courses from the Wii U version. Additionally, the game includes 100 Nintendo-designed courses with new challenges, like collecting every coin or defeating all enemies. MSRP: $39.99, Release Date: December 12, 2016.
It is going to take me a while to learn all the new features, but I love this stuff. There is a bunch of information on their website that explains all the features and what it does. I also had to call their hotline recently about my Nintendo Network ID, and their customer service department was extremely helpful and knowledgeable on all devices. I can't wait to take it with us on our travels. For more information about the New Nintendo 3DS XL or any of the games, please visit their website at www.nintendo.com/3ds/new-nintendo-3ds/
Note: The adapter is sold separately.