With so many people talking about the New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora’s Mask edition, we made a quick unboxing to show you what it looks like and what you can expect from the system in general.
Right off the bat there are a couple of changes with the system’s packaging. The first is that the box seems to be UV coated/has a slick feel to it and is slightly thinner than the box used for the original 3DS XL. Beyond that the boxes are more or less the same with some new text/advertising here and there.
Upon opening the box it’s more or less the same as the previous model, just more compact.
Inside you’ll find the system in a protective wrapping, owners manual and a set of AR cards. Please note! The New Nintendo 3DS XL does not include an AC charger and you’ll need to purchase one separately if you don’t already have one from your DSi or 3DS.
The differences in the system itself should be immediately apparent. The system now has a slick finish, which makes the system look sharper, especially with this design, but it also makes fingerprints more apparent. Some other changes include moving the power button, game card and stylus slot to the bottom, headphone jack is now in the middle, supports MicroSD instead of SD cards, volume slider on the face opposite to the 3D slider and some new buttons were added.
As you might have noticed, the SD card slot is no longer on the side of the device. Instead you have to unscrew the back cover and then adjust the things on the side to remove the cover and get to the MicroSD card slot. Here you can also remove the battery, which is nice and you can also see the stylus sitting in the slot.
For those interested, it comes with a Toshiba class 4 4GB MicroSDHC card pre-installed. This card can be removed and replaced with up to 32GB, although you can use a larger card if you format it a certain way. As you can see, I replaced mine with a Samsung Class 6 32GB MicroSDHC card, which offers about 242,427 total blocks and it worked without giving me any issues.
After swapping my card I did a quick system transfer, which took about an hour to transfer 14,000 blocks though the local swap. Not the fastest transfers, but at least it went without a hitch. Above you can see me showing off my badge of shame (honor?) for buying the original 3DS at $250.
While we’re looking at the back, you can see that the stylus is a little different from the original 3DS XL and slightly smaller. It doesn’t make a substantial difference, but it’s interesting to see them decrease the size of something that was arguably too small to begin with.
Inside there are a couple of other changes. Like mentioned above, the volume slider is now opposite of the 3D slider and has a little bit of resistance when going from on to off like the 3D does, but not as much as the 3D slider. The buttons look and feel different from the original 3DS XL. The new ones feel flatter, making them easier to use, plus they look to be slightly bigger. The D-pad and thumbpad feel exactly the same, with the home button having more of a button-like feeling. It’s hard to explain, but it basically just feels like it’s a better quality button. Some other changes are moving start/select to the side where power use to be, moving power to the bottom and the c-stick.
Now the c-stick is interesting because it acts like a second stick, although it barely moves. It’s also quite responsive making it easy to use. The only downside is that it will probably take some getting use to to get right. The final changes include moving the wifi light to the bottom, changing the speaker hold look (also seems to be louder, larger mic hole and the armstrap was moved from the side to the top.
Not much has changed in terms of side things, except the manual now includes the quick start tips, is much smaller than the previous manual, no promotional materials/advertisements were included, obviously no voucher for Club Nintendo and the AR cards still come in plastic wrap. It’s a shame they dropped the folded package after the original 3DS for that, but at least the cards remain the same.
Above you can get an idea of the size difference and other minor changes I’ve been talking about. Overall they’re more or less the same, but there are plenty of subtle differences. Including some I didn’t mention.
Since the New Nintendo 3DS XL is larger than the original, a common concern has been whether or not your cases will fit the device. To help you out, I included one using the old 3DS pouch from Club Nintendo and another with the Persona Q limited edition case. In both situations the New Nintendo 3DS XL fit, although it was a tight fit with the Persona Q case. So odds are your old cases will fit your new device unless we’re talking about a skin or something that snaps on the literal device.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the unboxing and it answered most or at least some of your questions. Make sure to check back later this week for my unboxing of the Majora’s Mask limited edition and Kai’s review of the New Nintendo 3DS XL!