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New Nintendo 3DS XL: meet the new boss, better than the old boss (pictures)

The upgrades to the New Nintendo 3DS XL may seem slight, but they make a world of difference to the player experience.

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Michelle Starr

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You can't see it in this 2D picture, but the head-tracking software makes the 3D comfortably viewable even on an oblique angle.

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On first glance, it appears there's little difference between the New 3DS XL and the old one. Although subtle, most of the differences are improvements.

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One change in particular isn't for the better, though. You have to remove the entire back plate in order to change the micro SD card.

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The face buttons are now colour-coded, Start and Select are on the side and a new C Stick will have varying functions, depending on the game.

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The volume button has been moved from the bottom half to the top.

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On the New Nintendo 3DS XL, the stylus and game card slot are on the front of the device, rather than the rear.

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This is because the rear is home to two new, smaller trigger buttons.

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What these trigger buttons will be used for will again depend on how the developer decided to implement them.

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The D-Pad and thumbstick have retained their egonomic position.

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Nintendo has completely removed the Wi-Fi toggle; Wi-Fi connectivity is now controlled from within the console's settings.

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