Nintendo 3DS XL

Please Nintendo, let us buy your transparent 3DS XL

Please Nintendo, let us buy your transparent 3DS XL

Look, Nintendo, we don't like to beg, but if you don't greenlight production of this transparent 3DS XL we might just have to reconsider our geeky pride. Revealed as part of a new Nintendo walk-though of the 3DS XL (or LL as it's known in Japan), the transparent console is sadly more for demonstration purposes than anything else, being used to show off some of the company's design decisions and explain what many have deemed - such as the absence of a second circle pad - unacceptable.

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3DS XL getting anti-glare screen upgrade

3DS XL getting anti-glare screen upgrade

Everyone may be talking about the 3DS XL's increased screen size, but the 3DS XL is also getting an upgrade in the form of new anti-glare screens. In the latest installment of Iwata Asks, Nintendo's Takeshi Murakami revealed that the 3DS XL will be getting the anti-glare upgrade, making the 3DS XL the most glare-resistant Nintendo handheld ever. For comparison's sake, Murakami said that reflectivity on the original 3DS screen was about 12%, but with the 3DS XL, Nintendo managed to get that figure down to just 3%.

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3DS XL will be sold at a profit, Nintendo to focus less on 3D in future

3DS XL will be sold at a profit, Nintendo to focus less on 3D in future

Ever since Nintendo cut the price of the 3DS last August, the company has been selling the handheld at a loss. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata tells The Independent that won't be the case for the 3DS XL, as it will be making a profit on each and every one sold. It won't be that big of a profit, he says, but it's a profit nonetheless. Unfortunately, Iwata remained resistant to The Independent's questioning on the price of the Wii U, saying that since the company hasn't announced a price for the Wii U yet, it's too early for him to speak on whether or not it will be sold at a profit.

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Nintendo 3DS hits 5 million sold in US

Nintendo 3DS hits 5 million sold in US

What was once labelled a failure can now be labelled a success: Nintendo has announced that the 3DS has hit 5 million sales in the United States, crossing yet another sales milestone after a stellar 2011 holiday season. After a botched launch and a painfully slow uptake that lasted the first six months of the handheld's life, Nintendo slashed the price of the 3DS, causing sales to skyrocket. That momentum has more or less continued since then, with 3DS sales remaining steady throughout Japan, Europe, and the United States.

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Nintendo 3DS XL to get its own Circle Pad Pro this year

Nintendo 3DS XL to get its own Circle Pad Pro this year

The original Nintendo 3DS has had its own Circle Pad Pro expansion for a while that makes gaming with a little console more comfortable and enjoyable. With the recent launch of the larger 3DS XL portable console, gamers might have been wondering when a larger Circle Pad Pro would be coming. If you're the owner of one of the new 3DS XL portables, you'll get your version this year.

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Nintendo 3DS XL fondled on video

Nintendo 3DS XL fondled on video

Nintendo revealed that it would be releasing an upgraded version of the 3DS last week dubbed the 3DS XL, bringing with it a larger screen and improved battery life. Several French gaming websites have already had a chance to take the new handheld for a spin and serve up some first impressions, with the results mostly being positive. At first many were skeptical of the 3DS XL, believing that a simple boost in size wouldn’t amount to significant differences, but it looks like Nintendo have made several other tweaks that should improve the overall gaming experience.

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Nintendo 3DS XL isn’t for adults

Nintendo 3DS XL isn’t for adults

The folks at Nintendo are banking on a win for the expanded version of their double-3D-screened handheld system with the Nintendo 3DS XL, and with it comes a very clear message: made for kids. It should be clear to you if you're an owner of or a reviewer of the Nintendo DS or 3DS that it's not the easiest thing in the world to find a place in your life for a mobile gaming device that doesn't also connect you to the mobile web in a small form factor like a smartphone. If you disagree, you're either a gamer or a kid.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: June 22, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: June 22, 2012

This morning we've got a couple of reviews that you're going to need to take a look at, the first of which may well be the cutest piece of gadgetry you've ever seen in your life: Arcadie for iPhone! Then you'll want to head back down to the ol' HP Z220 Workstation review for some awesome customizability action! Those of you working with the DROID RAZR will be glad to hear that today the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update has gone live!

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