Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

There's really nothing too next-level about this little gaming machine - unless you consider all of its processing power and super-refined hardware. "If you think about it," says iFixit, "the newest of the new Nintendo 3DS XL is basically a small laptop." With a 3D screen, of course, as well as a triple-camera setup, CPU, RAM, Flash, and the ability to run high-powered software. That's a general way of looking at it - but it's true, isn't it? Let's have a peek inside.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL System Transfer requirement: screwdriver

New Nintendo 3DS XL System Transfer requirement: screwdriver

Ready to trade in your old Nintendo 3DS for a brand new Nintendo 3DS XL, launching in the US this weekend? Better hold on to your horses first. Unless you want to start absolutely from scratch, you will most likely want to transfer your files and games from the old system to the new one. But alas, it won't be a quick and easy ride, as performing a system transfer between the two generations is quite a laborious undertaking. You even need a screwdriver to do so!

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Best Buy cancels some Majora’s Mask 3DS pre-orders

Best Buy cancels some Majora’s Mask 3DS pre-orders

Earlier this month, Nintendo confirmed previous rumors that the new 3DS would be arriving for buyers in the United States next month, and ahead of that launch date pre-orders went up through various retailers. Among the pre-order options is a limited edition Majora's Mask version, something that was being offered by Best Buy, among other places. The February 13 release date is growing ever closer, but for some consumers it won't be quite as happy of an occasion as they anticipated.

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Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

The New Nintendo 3DS was dangled before fans' eyes but kept beyond reach for a while, later surfacing in a leak earlier this week and, finally, being officially announced for the US market. Only, there was an unexpected oddity. Those who watched Nintendo Direct yesterday morning and kept tabs on the announcements would have noticed that only the New 3DS XL, the larger of the two units, was promised to be arriving next month for US buyers. Nintendo is being vague about why.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

Yesterday a flier surfaced indicating that the New 3DS will be arriving in North America on February 13. The leak was just ahead of the Nintendo Direct session held this morning, and during it the company confirmed that the rumor was true, giving some additional details about what its North American fans can expect. Interestingly enough, it looks like only the New 3DS XL -- the larger of the two -- will be launching in the US, with the regular-size version being conspicuously absent.

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New Nintendo 3DS limits detailed: WiFi backup PC-only, no SDXC

New Nintendo 3DS limits detailed: WiFi backup PC-only, no SDXC

Nintendo has further detailed the changes in its new 3DS and 3DS XL, including how existing 3DS owners can upgrade to the improved consoles, along with some of the limitations of the new features. Current 3DS/3DS XL save data can be transferred across, though since the new version uses microSD not SD, Nintendo says the process could end up a little convoluted. Meanwhile, there's also the chance that some of the games you have may not work with the new models.

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Nintendo 3DS update adds 2nd stick, better battery, more

Nintendo 3DS update adds 2nd stick, better battery, more

Nintendo has updated the 3DS and 3DS LL (aka the 3DS XL), the Japanese company's glasses-free 3D gaming handhelds, with better 3D effects and improved controls. Revealed during a Nintendo webcast today, the new portable consoles also add a second analog stick - something Nintendo tried to fix with an add-on "Slide Pad" back in 2011 - as well as NFC, opening the door to interaction with the company's NFC-enabled amiibo game figures.

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