Three years in, the Nintendo 3DS handheld has become a seriously good game device -- especially for fans of Nintendo's classic gaming franchises -- and the XL is the one you should buy.
The Nintendo 3DS successfully offers a glasses-free 3D experience that needs to be seen to be believed. A weak start out of the gate has been all but forgotten thanks to a bevy of compelling releases on online downloadables since launch.
A Link Between Worlds is now the best reason to own a 3DS and likely the best bang for your buck you'll get this holiday season. If you own a 3DS, there's really no excuse not to play. If you don't own one, there's never been a better time.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is a highly entertaining sequel over a decade in the making and is one of the 3DS' newest must-plays.
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While it can be occasionally frustrating, Paper Mario: Sticker Star is still a charming and entertaining adventure.
As ugly and cumbersome as it makes the 3DS, the Circle Pad Pro is actually a great-performing accessory that improves the control range of games that it's compatible with.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is an enjoyable but flawed adventure through a magical Disney universe.
Nintendo also sold over 16 million packaged and digital games for its 3DS line up in 2013 -- a 45 percent increase compared to 2012.
Is it as versatile as a phone? Will it play all the games your console does? No, but the 3DS has some pretty special games all its own, and that's made the XL an even better system than before.