Posts Tagged ‘handheld gaming’

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)