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The weird world of Nintendo's New 3DS XLFor the most part we like the New 3DS XL, but the microSD card location, lack of a charger and 3DS transfer process all have us scratching our heads.
Hey everyone, I'm Jeff Bakalar, joined by Scott Stein. Hey. And we wanna talk a little bit about the new Nintendo 3DS XL. We don't even really this kinda stuff, but it, it came to our attention. After we just received this new system, it's been out in other territories for a couple of months, only came to the US, or it's coming to the US February 13th, there are some very weird things going on with this system, and I brought Scott here to help us talk about just why it's so weird. Let's talk about the biggest glaring thing. Right away. There are couple weird things, yeah. The, the most glaring would be how do you charge this? How do you charge this? How do you charge this system? Because when, because when you buy it out of the box there's not one of these. It didn't come with a charger. That's a charger. It doesn't have a charger. They're very useful. [LAUGH] You need one of those. To charge this system. You get about what, six hours of, of play time, or five hours? Sure. It's not like you're gonna go a week. Right. Out of the box, it has three hours of play time and then you're on your own. Pretty soon. So we wanted to bring that up because people should know, and that is a pretty, massive omission. It costs, what, $10? $10. I don't understand why they couldn't put this in the box. Their, their reasoning is that, oh, you probably already own one of these? I don't know if that's it. If you have a. Nintendo handheld collection. Right. You, you may be a first time owner and this is a $200 system. $200 system, no charger. So, what, you could throw in the charger. Very strange. A nice gesture. Just a little word of warning if you're in the market for one of these. It doesn't come with a charger. You can get one on Amazon for like $4. You get it, that's not an official one. You can get an official one from Nintendo for ten. Yeah. And then these go back to, like, the DSi, and there are ones that you can buy that go to USB, which I find good for traveling. So there are a lot of them floating around out there, but the point is, you're gonna have to find one. Right, okay. So that's issue one, which is shocking and upsetting on numerous levels. Don't get me wrong, we like this. [CROSSTALK] It's a really solid system, and the 3D tracking is great, I like the feel of the buttons. You can read that in the full review, and you can find out the details of what we do like, this video is more of like, what, head scratching, what do you mean, so okay this is the 3DSXL, the original. Right here. And if you look on the side there's a, there's a nice little SD card slot. Super easy to open up and save all your games on that. You can download games to it, great. There is not an SD card slot on the new Nintendo 3DXL. There is only a micro SD card and that micro SD card slot is only accessible by un, by unscrewing the back of this thing. Okay, now Scott, tell us what happened when you unscrewed the back of your new 3ds. Fun little night project. [LAUGH] Nightmare. First I had to go get myself a micro sd card for expanding. Sure. Transfer everything over to an SD club adapter. If you don't want to spend hours with the wireless transfer, you set up the computer. Then you got to unscrew this. And, and I opened it and it didn't really want to open all the way. It was sort of opening like a book, and I found it didn't tell me what to do, and then the plastic tabs on the front And he broke the tabs on the front of his case. I mean, it's a tiny, you don't really see much of it. Yeah. They're more under, on the under side. But, a routine, you need to do this to to swap out. It's a very simple Micro SD card, you could have had a door for that. Sure And you're going to have to unscrew this, **** it back on, and then you're not even getting into the transfer process. Yeah. Which is, not as easy as say like, you know, like, you know the PS Vita even allows. Multiple systems, a few systems to use that ID that you have to transfer everything over to the new system. Right. So there is a trick and I'll, I'll try and explain this really quick. So what we're complaining about is the fact that the old format was an SD card. The new format is a micro SD card. To get all of your transferred stuff from one to the other if this is something you want to do. There's a way to transfer all of your regular sized SD card stuff to your computer. From your computer, install that on to a micro SD card. Then you take the micro SD card, put it in a regular SD card adapter. Pop it in to the old 3DS. And then initiate the transfer process to your New 3DS XL. Everyone got that. And then it'll ask you to swap them toward the end of the process. It's- So that process is- [UNKNOWN] minor brain surgery it is to pull that off. It's kind of a hot mess in that regard. It's nice that it doesn't use extensive cards like the Vita, but, you know, MicroSD are more expensive than SD. You get a lot of storage. Super easy to swap. So that's basically- and finally, there's one thing that we were just talking about in terms of how this is just like a step- a half-step up upgrade. Right? What were you saying? Yeah. Well it's like what is this really? It's nice and it's better made, but it looks so similar to the XL that's it's not like you're getting a smaller system. You're getting a little bit- Zippier system? Sure. And you're getting extra buttons, so what's that about? Right, there's new buttons? What's going on? So now, I can only use these buttons on games, with an, it's very confusing. Who is making games that are going to use those buttons? They claim a whole new class of games might take advantage. Mid way through this handheld cycle, it's not even, it's doing well but it's not. Like you know skyrocketing. Right. And you also have this kind of this extra controller nub, looks like it came off of a think pad. Right. [UNKNOWN]. That's a hot nub. This is a think pad nub. It's sort of red it's grey. It's nice for camera controls, but what's gonna use it? The problem is not even how well it works. It's what games are gonna say I'm gonna make a game just for you new console buyers. It's, but that's why we love Nintendo. You know, right? They're crazy. They've had, this thing has 3D, glasses free 3D in the first place. Why did they do that? Or the dual screens? The stylus. Lots of weird things in Nintendo and their, that's what they do. Lot of strange stuff. Read the full review. We're actually going back and, and sort of tweaking it. Adding a lot of strangeness that we found in the new 3DS XL, Scott Stein, thank you so much for being here and helping us, sort out all the oddness. Look, Nintendo, we still love you. Yeah. Stay weird, keep doing your thing, and, thanks for watching the video. 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