My kids are gamers. They are addicted to their electronics. Between the 3 of them they have a smartphone, 2 iPods, 3 tablets, a laptop, 3 tvs, 4 gaming consoles and 3 handheld gaming devices.
The Nintendo 3DS XL™ is a great addition to anyone’s gaming collection. Nintendo has been on top of the market in handheld gaming for a long time starting with the Gameboy then the DS series. The Nintendo 3DS XL™ comes with fun features to keep kids of all ages entertained and occupied.
- Circle pad for 360degrees of play movement
- 3D cameras for photos and video
- 3D viewing for a more unique gaming experience
- amiibo compatible to increase interactive play with figures (sold separately)
The Nintendo 3DS XL™ is ready to play out of the box. It comes loaded with apps and features to stream videos, download games, connect online and be creative with music. Games can be purchased for as low as $9.99 depending on popularity, level of difficulty, character and age of game. We have a stash of Mario Bros. and Pokemon games going back a couple years. These are the games my kids love but there are so many other favorites. Animal Crossing was a HUGE hit on the Gamecube many years ago and now both of my girls have it for their DS device. Cooking games get a lot of attention not only on the DS but on the Wii also.
I call the DS system the gateway gaming device. It’s a perfect size for little hands and easy to learn even for those out of touch with technology. There isn’t a HUGE investment in money and size that comes with TV gaming consoles. And best of all it’s portable. Pricing for the 3DS XL starts at $199. If you keep your eyes peeled at specialty stores like Gamestop or Toys R Us you can find systems that include games, limited edition colors or designs or even bundles with carrying cases and accessories.
The Nintendo 3DS XL™ is a great gift for the upcoming holidays as an upgrade to an existing device or to introduce someone to the world of gaming.
Nintendo of America provided me with a New Nintendo 3DS XL system and games for review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.