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Screen Size:
Original Model: 3.53 inch diagonal top screen, 3.03 inch bottom
XL Model: 4.88 inch diagonal top screen, 4.18 inch bottom
Analysis: These differences in the diagonal measurement of the screen may not seem very big, but they equate to the XL Model having about 90% larger screens.
Winner: XL Model

Screen Resolution
Original Model: 800×240 top screen, 320×240 bottom
XL Model: 800×240 top screen, 320×240 bottom
Analysis: The fact that the XL has the same screen resolution despite having substantially larger screens means that the graphics may appear stretched and pixelated.
Winner: Original Model

Original Model: 2GB SD Card Included
XL Model: 4GB SD Card Included
Analysis: The XL version comes with double the memory, which will come in handy if you plan on purchasing downloadable games.
Winner: XL Model

Original Model: $170 – Click to Check Current Prices
XL Model: $200 – Click for Current Prices
Analysis: Only a $30 difference in price, but that’s about the price of a game.
Winner: Original Model

These two models have their strengths and weaknesses, and it really comes down to personal preference. If you already own the original 3DS, there’s no sense upgrading to the XL Model, but the larger screens really do make for a more enjoyable gaming experience.
Winner: 3DS XL (by a tiny margin)


I’ve been playing the Retron 3 for about a week now, so I think I’m ready to give my thoughts on the system.
The Retron 3 is a console that allows you to play games for the NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis. The main benefit is that it’s cheaper than buying all three systems and you don’t end up with a tangled mess of AV Cables and Power cords. It comes in two colors: red and black (I got the black one). I got mine new on amazon for around fifty bucks, and although I own all three original systems, I only have the Retron hooked up right now because it saves so much clutter around my tv.
My only real complaint about the system is that the two wireless controllers that are included feel somewhat light and cheap, however, the Retron has ports so you can plug in original controllers for the NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis.
I’ve played a number of games for each of the three systems and I haven’t had any game compatibility issues yet. The Video and Sound is pretty much identical to what you would get from the original systems.
I think the Retron 3 is a good investment if you have a stash of older games, or you’d like to start up a collection. If you live in a small apartment or dorm, as I do, it saves a lot of space and only takes up one spot on your AC outlet. All in all, I’m very pleased with my purchase and hopefully I can pry myself away from it long enough to get some studying done 😛