Nintendo DSi XL

The Good Adds two supersized screens; improved viewing angle; fantastic battery life; great new pen-shaped stylus; preinstalled games and software.

The Bad A bit bulky and heavy; size makes device less portable; no improvements over DSi's cameras and internal storage; networking hiccups found in DSi remain; text-based games may look slightly blurry; old DSiWare games can't be transferred over to the XL.

The Bottom Line At the end of the day, the DSi XL is exactly the same as the DSi, so unless you're desperate for more touch-screen real estate, or your vision is impaired, we can't recommend a purchase over the original DSi.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

Nintendo DSi XL

There's no debating it, the Nintendo DS is by far the best-selling portable system ever released. With approximately 128 million units sold worldwide, no other gaming handheld comes close to the success of the franchise. Even the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), which is widely regarded as a commercial success, has only reached around 57 million in total sales.

Last April, Nintendo released the DSi, the third iteration of the DS, which introduced two low-resolution cameras along with larger screens and an overall more robust and slim design over the DS Lite. In October 2009, news came of another refresh, a supersized version of the DSi with even larger screens.

Though the huge screens have plenty of advantages, they also make the system less portable and blur some text-based games. At the end of the day, the DSi XL is exactly the same as the DSi, so unless you're desperate for more touch-screen real estate, or your vision is impaired, we can't recommend buying one. If you've been waiting since the days of the DS "phat" to upgrade, we'd still encourage a DS Lite or DSi purchase. You may even want to wait for the forthcoming 3DS, the new 3D portable gaming system from Nintendo that offers 3D graphics without the need for glasses and will be backward compatible with DS games.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $170
  • Brand Nintendo
  • Name Nintendo DSi XL
  • Media Type cartridge, flash memory card
  • Games Included Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: Arts Edition
  • Color bronze
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