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New Nintendo 3DS XL Launch Guide

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The day has finally come: Nintendo's New 3DS has broken ground across the globe. This update introduces a bunch of improvements to the 3DS family that will ultimately benefit developers as well as players. Additional inputs, faster hardware, and improved stereoscopic 3D are the biggest changes, but there are little touches throughout that make the New 3DS the best one yet.

If you just picked up your New 3DS, are thinking of buying one as your first handheld, or are wondering if you should upgrade from your old 3DS, we've got plenty of articles and videos to guide you along the way.

Why You Should Buy a 3DS in 2015

"The Nintendo 3DS has transcended its humble beginnings, coming a long way since its quiet launch in early 2011. Now, nearly four years later, the 3DS library has become impressively varied, offering a hearty bang for your buck in terms of content. A handful of available titles, including Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, have sold upwards of two million copies each--and that's only in the games' first few months on the market. And with a dozen more first-party games coming this year alongside a brand new version of the hardware, it's difficult to ignore what this little machine has to offer."

Should You Upgrade the New 3DS?

Maybe you've already got a 3DS and you aren't sure if you should pick up one of the new models. In this video, we breakdown the best parts of the New 3DS and note how it's an improvement over the original versions.Sure, it's the better system, but the real questionis: should you upgrade now or later?

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New 3DS XL Review

"Nintendo's always given people choices when it comes to handhelds, so it comes as no surprise to see new 3DS models on the horizon. Yet, the introduction of Nintendo's New 3DS and New 3DS XL feels different, probably because it's more than just a new form factor, or a stripped down value version. The new models have an improved processor, more buttons, and an extra camera that enhances the glasses-free 3D experience. They're practically the same size as the original 3DS and 3DS XL, but they're technically superior in every way. Where do New 3DS systems leave the old models? The answer: in their dust."

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How to Transfer Data to Your New 3DS

"Nintendo made a video that clearly explains how to complete the task using a PC, but in case you'd rather refer to text, we've got a quick and easy guide below that shows you how to transition to your New 3DS XL as soon as possible. Make sure you've got a #0 Phillips screwdriver ready as you'll need it to remove the backplate on your New 3DS XL during the process."

Games That are Better on the New Nintendo 3DS

"For those who have decided to pick up a New Nintendo 3DS XL we have put together a list of games which stand to benefit the most from what the new handheld has to offer."

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Nintendo Explains Why the Smaller New 3DS isn’t Coming to US

"During Wednesday's Nintendo Direct, the corporation announced that the New Nintendo 3DS XL will launch in the United States in February, but not the smaller version that's already available in Japan and Australia and is coming to Europe. Now, Nintendo has explained why the more compact system isn't going to be released stateside."

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