Nintendo is trying to relive the past glory by bringing out another handheld gaming device, Nintendo 3DS XL. And yes, it is exactly what its name suggests, “extra-large”. The screen is actually 90% larger than the original 3DS screen. This increase in size is supposed to enhance the gaming experience while making sure that it still falls under the category of a portable handheld device. With an augmented battery and larger screen size, viewers can better enjoy their media and Netflix content. XL also comes equipped with a 4GB micro SD card.
Less than a day has passed since the announcement of this device and complaints have already started coming in. Bigger doesn’t always mean better. Its okay to make a device larger but that should not be the only selling point. As for the outlook, the size and the look of bottom three buttons are the only change. Only time will tell if that change is good enough to capture the market.
Second issue is that game enthusiasts are crying out for two analog sticks. The original 3DS came with a single thumb pad on the left side. Though later on an add-on joy stick peripheral called the Circle Pad Pro was launched that could be bought for $20. This should have, ideally, given Nintendo the idea to add dual analog controls to XL but apparently it didn’t. Those in favour of Nintendo’s move say that user comfort is not the only concern in question here. The main reason behind this move is not to divide the third party developers. Nintendo intends the developers to focus on and develop games that do not involve the second joy stick. Whether that is a good move or not, only time will tell, though tech pundits all over the World Wide Web are shaking their heads in negation.