The Nintendo 3DS XL was launched quietly in Singapore last week, going at a recommended retail price of S$319. There are currently two colours available for the handheld: Red and Blue. Customers who purchase the XL will receive a one-year warranty from Maxsoft, who are the local distributors for Nintendo hardware in Singapore.
I said quiet launch, because unlike the release of the original Nintendo 3DS last year, there was no launch party organised by Maxsoft for the XL.
The 3DS XL handheld comes with a free 4GB Lexar SD memory card, an improvement over the 2GB Toshiba SD card provided for the original 3DS.
I asked around a few shops in Funan DigitaLife mall, and there are currently no game bundles offered for the 3DS XL. Which is a disappointment, considering that New Super Mario Bros. 2 was just released on 19 August. It seemed like the perfect 3DS game to bundle with the XL.
And unfortunately, the price of the original, vanilla 3DS has remained unchanged, and is still selling at a recommended retail price of S$249.
So for those of you who have been holding out on getting a 3DS, the 3DS XL should be a no-brainer purchase for you: it is a major improvement over its predecessor, with larger top and bottom screens, a slight increase in battery life, and the design just looks way sexier.
Early adopters who already own the original 3DS, you have to ask yourself: do you spend a lot of time gaming on your 3DS? And are you willing to pay S$300+ for just a screen-size and battery-life upgrade? If yes, then by all means, go grab an XL for yourself.