I got to play on an XL in my local GameStation today! I have to say, the images on the internet just don't do it justice. Even in your hands its quite surprising how big it actually is. The screens are huge! I did have one tiny bit of disappointment with it though. |
With the larger screen, I thought the depth of the 3D effect would increase too, but it doesn't. At least not on Super Mario 3D Land, which was the only game I could play. Things don't sink into the screen any further than with the old 3DS and it kinda makes the 3D effect seem a little more shallow as a result.
It's hard to explain, but when viewed on a normal 3DS, SM3DL feels like a game contained within a box. A box that is almost as deep as the height of the screen, if that makes any sense. On the 3DSXL, because the screens are bigger, the box feels more shallow and so the 3D impact isn't as great. At least not to me and I never play my 3DS with the slider set to anything other than full.
On the plus side though, it's harder to lose the 3D effect from moving the console around, which I know is still a problem for some people. That and although not as smooth as the 3DS, the games don't look all that pix elated.
Having played on one now my thoughts haven't really changed. If I didn't own a 3DS i'd buy an XL, but because I own a 3DS I think i'll stick with it.