The Nintendo 3DS XL is one of the best handheld gaming I have ever used. Despite never owning a handheld gaming console, the 3DS XL has captured my attention in many aspects which we will discuss in this review.
First of all is the Stereoscopic 3D which in some games may not be available but we tested in Pokemon Y and we were dumbfounded by the quality as compared to previous generation Nintendo handheld consoles(which I played on Emulators on PCs/Android).
The online gaming was great as we are able to use our home network to establish connection with the Pokemon Global Link and was amazed by the amount online features that you can do with any game.
Since I live in Malaysia I can’t access the Nintendo Services such as the Nintendo eShop as it requires a Nintendo ID which is only avaialable in US and Canada. This is a letdown because there are times that we want to purchase games digitally instead of buying cartridges which cost around MYR 100 each.
The console sometimes lags during some parts of the game especially in 3D.
Now this depends on the features that you use on the 3DS. We have tested that with WiFI and 3D off as well as the Power Saving Mode turned on, battery life is up to a day of gaming.
I would give the console an 8 out of 10 for its overall improvement in design and continuation of its retro-like gaming. So for those who are fans of Pokemon and want a full gaming experience, this console is a must buy and most probably the 3DS Emulator will take a long time for independent developers to develop or even there might not be a 3DS emulator so we will wait and see. So stay tuned for the coverage on the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire coming out in late November this year.