As a gamer and commuter, I’ve been very keen on portable gaming consoles for many years.
The PSP, Vita, and 3DS in-particular have all provided me with hundreds of hours of entertainment. On the occasions of Southern Rail strikes, they have also defused my stress and frustration and probably stopped me from hulking out.
Although the Vita is my favourite portable console, the 3DS is the one I end up taking with me more often.
Which brings me to the New 2DS XL.
“No, Mum. I wanted a New 3DS.”
“No, this is an old 3DS. I wanted a New 3DS.”
“Honey, I swear it’s new. It was factory sealed and everything.”
Stupid titles aside, the New 2DS XL is a lovely portable console. I’ve been road-testing it over the last few days (or train-testing in my case) and here are my impressions.
But everything transferred over without a hitch… my DLC, my StreetPass hits, my game saves… even the personalised layout of the icons on my homepage. It was simple and only took about 45 minutes (which was great, as I set it going before having lunch).
But that accident did prove one thing… it’s as sturdy as the 3DS when it comes to being dropped. There was no damage or scratching after taking that nasty fall.
The hinge also feels more toy-like. When the top screen reaches the usual ‘angled’ position that most people use for playing games, it doesn’t stick in place. Instead it wobbles forward a bit. You won’t notice it if you’re sitting down or standing up, but you will if you’re lying in bed or on the couch.
The screen seems to be dimmer than my original 3DS. I used to play the 3DS on brightness level 3 out of 5, as anything brighter would give me eye strain. On the 2DS, I need to play on brightness level 4 out of 5 to achieve the same level of brightness. That’s not a big deal, but it will probably consume more battery power.
The top screen is made with a super reflective material so when it is sunny or bright, it can get a bit difficult to focus on the screen. I’ve found myself angling the screen ever so slightly THIS way or THAT way during some of my sunnier trips home. During the evenings, though, any reflection disappears behind the on-screen graphics.
The placement of the On/Off and Home buttons makes more sense… as it’s harder to accidentally hit the Off button now. The volume slider features stronger resistance than the original 3DS, so it’s easier to make more precise adjustments to the volume than the 3DS.
Overall, I’m happy with the New 2DS XL. It’s proven to be a sturdy durable device with a bigger screen and more power. It feels comfy, looks pleasant, and is a joy to use. There are a few minor issues with it, but they are outweighed by the pros.
I couldn’t recommend it if you already own a New 3DS or New 3DS XL… But if you’re still using an original 3DS like I was, this upgrade is absolutely worth the £130 price.
Thanks for reading, folks! 🙂