A few months ago (briefly before I was going to head off to my first Pennsic War) my 3DS finally broke badly enough that I couldn’t justify fixing it.

There now a problem with the aftermarket battery and charger I used to avoid swapping the charging port on the thing. But worse: the 3D effect on the top screen would also switch rapidly (and randomly) between fully off (0% 3D) and fully on (100% 3D), no matter where I had the slider. And this system was an original 3DS, from 2011… It had no Amiibo support, no C stick, and no “New 3DS” game support.

In short, it was time for an upgrade.

Enter the New Nintendo 2DS XL. (Yes, that’s an awful name compared to “Game Boy”, but still.)

I’ve only had it in my hands for about 12 hours at this point, so I will give a more thorough review later on, but my initial impressions:

  • It’s lighter than I thought it would be.
  • WOW, that screen is nice and big.
  • Battery life is impressive.
  • Weird placement for the speakers.
  • Easy-to-access expandable storage (phone companies, take note).
  • Power Button is hard to press
  • Stylus is nice to hold.

The system transfer was really easy, too. I’ll be honest and say I was a bit nervous about it. But it was as simple as copying over the contents of my SD card.

It’s good to have a 3DS again. Especially now that it’s missing my least favorite D.

Categories:  games  initial thoughts 
Tags:  nintendo  hardware  console