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Nintendo DSi XL :: Hardware Review

Nintendo DSi XL :: Hardware Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Apr 02, 2010
( Rating: 3 Star Rating)

Is bigger always better? Check out our review on the new Nintendo DSi XL and find out!

There is no doubt about it. The new Nintendo DSi XL is HUGE! It will feel like a mini-laptop in your hands. This hulk is even bigger than the original Gameboy that came out twenty years ago!


What is Bigger?

The most important part of the DS, the screens, are way bigger. This is great for touch games, like WarioWare D.I.Y., since you have more room to draw. Making it even easier to draw is the bigger stylus that comes with the XL. And although the screens are bigger, battery life is still dependable. The XL will last 4-5 hours at the highest brightness setting and over 15 hours at the lowest.


What is Better?

The larger screens is easier on your eyes and also on your friend's eyes, as they can now watch you play easily. The speakers for the XL is noticeably better than any DS thus far. At max volume, it can fill a room with sound. This is great, considering the SD card and neat music programs on the DSi. Speaking of programs, the XL comes with three free programs: two Brain Age Express games and a Photo Clock.


When Bigger is not Better

The size and weight of the XL might give you a hand cramp after a long play time, especially since the buttons feel a bit stiff. Additionally, the bigger screen increases the size of pixels, especially with [kwlink18838]3D games[/kwlink], making them hard to look at.


If you play at home or like to carry things in a bag, the XL is not too bad. Just don't expect to keep it in your pocket! In the end, however, if you have a DSi or DS Lite already, just hold onto it for now and wait for the new Nintendo 3DS to come out. Even with the three free programs, the XL is a bit too expensive and does not improve on a whole lot.


Rating:3

Price: $189.99


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Abbergrl posted in Forum Games:
I dunno, two of my friends thousand siblings, maybe..... (XD THAT WOULD BE BEYOND AWESOME) What's my favourite song?
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ThePaleWalker636
If one were to journey across the stars , far beyond anything imaginable to a human, then you would find the great race of Unicorns . They are not the cutesy, pink-maned ponies for little girls, no, they are the most powerful beings in this world. It is said they can hold a thousand stars in their bellies, that their eyes are darker than the anomalies which devour light, and that they can destroy a solar system with a blast from their jagged horns. They are truly to be feared. A magician from with ill intentions towards his own kind began to research a certain kind of forbidden magic that sprung from the most primordial part of the human brain... he had to sacrifice thousands of humans subjects to destructive testing before finally understanding and being able to harness the strength this magic held. He named it... memes. Using the power of memes, the magician constructed a bridge across space which he named the Bifrost, after the Rainbow Bridge of Norse mythology, and used it to travel to the realm of the Unicorns. He revealed the secret of memes to the Unicorn King, and made a deal with this insane ruler.  Now, with an army of Unicorns at his beck and call, the magician returns to destroy the planet he once called home, and it will take everything Earth has to stop him. (Replace 'memes' with anything else, and it almost sounds cool.) Wolves Insane Eternity Tree
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I can totally understand that! Who are Max and Harvey?
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Bread. Bread is a good color. W̵̧̢̨̛̛̛͚̻̯͙͈̣̬͕̦̺̩̟̹͉̎̉͒̃̋̑̇̏̃́̾͋̒̏̊̏̕̚͜ͅͅͅH̶̨̡̛̛̰͇͓͍͈͍͕̳̪̤͚͙̦̳͓̘̤͑̀͒̑̅̽̈́̓̄̾͗̋͊͆̈̌͘͠͝ͅͅĄ̵̛͉̣̻̫̝͈̹̻̻͓̹̠̦̯̣̜̜̥̾̓̇̓̆̽̿̊̎͐̒͐́̐̋́̕̕̕Ṱ̸̡̨̢͚̞̠̖̜̩͈̖̻̪̤̦͙̞̀͆̾͌͗̂͛͒̈̌̐̆̀̒̂̋̚͘̕̚ͅ ̴̢̙͓̻̼̪͉̗̜̺͕̙̭͍̬͖̖̞̺̼̦̋̀̍́̒̄̎̌̾͊̑̀́̕͘̚̕̚͠͝Ą̵̢̡͍̦̻̘̻̦͙̥̥̩̫̮͈͔̇̆̍̋̍͆̋̈́̎̄̇̀́̇̚̕͜͝͠͠͝ͅR̴̦̯͓̼̫͇̘̲̤͚̙͖̞̪̞̞̦̻̓̌̏̐̾̓͒̒̓̍̉̌̍̑̐̒̓̂͊Ę̵̢̛̛̛̞͔͚̗̰̩̻̭͉̗͎͓̻͕̬͕͉̟̑̓̂́͗̀̓̄͌̇̌͐̈̏́͝ ̶̡̢̢̡̢̡̦͕͎̞̘̭͇͇͚̘̳̱̠͋̑̎̈́̍̑͐͛̿̓͒͌̿̆͑̊͘̕͜͝͝ͅT̴̨̧̧̢̛̪̝̹̥̻̱̫̬̩̦̜̺̞̯̟́͛̅̑̓̏͗̉͛͐̾̃̒̓̔̚͜͝͠H̸̡̡̨͚̻̪͙̭̪̳̠̮̺̫̙͇͔̝̩͌̀̐̌̊͋͐̈̔͌́̽̏̓̈̏̃̒̋͘ͅȨ̵̛̛̺͍͎̼͓̩͎̖̦̹̹̘̤̖͚̮͙̳̉̂̋̽̆͆́̆̍̒͑̀̆͋̓̚̕͜͝͝ ̶̢̡̨̙̟͈̼̘̗̫̮̼͕̞̪̙͈̊̓̈́͊̈́̋̀̇̋͑̀̍̾̈͑̅̒̽͆̾͜͠ͅẄ̷̡̨̬̙͕̙̘̰̼̥͇̖̞̜̬͉̠̯̖͉́̂́̂̈̆̍̍̀͌͋͛̅͌͊͋̈̈́͌̽͝ͅÒ̸̡̢̖͚̟̞̣̖̘͓̫̻̪̠̘̗͓̖̹̭̗̈́͌̓̆̇́̌̐̀̎̽͗́͒͊̉̒̕Ř̸̢̛̛͙̹̩͕͙̦̝̗̞̞̪͙̪̣͔̱͕̈́̾̆̍̎͑̾̂̂̉͛͘͘͠͠ͅḐ̴̡͍͔̙̯̝̻͔̲̙̩͓̞̳̱͖̳̾̾̔̔̅̃͐̉͌͑͌́̐̒̂͘̚͝ͅͅṢ̶̨̭̱̠̭͍̖̘̮͙̖̺̰̺̯͕̪͈̠̪̄͛̾̍̒͋̎̈̀̍̀̌̉̓̒̕͠͠ ̸̧̢̧̛̛͍̹̘̺̤̥̞̫͔̼̟̹͕̗̳̒́͋͛̍͗͊̉̑̔͐̈́̉͌͗͘̕͜͜͝T̸̢̧͙͕͉̣̭̩̥̼̖̣͈̱̫̙̭͇̯̂̽͛̈́͐̈̀͒͊̆̓̌͐̉̊͐̈́͌̓͜Ò̷̡̧̢̱̖̣̭̺̥͇̩̟̺̱͕̦̘͔̱̫̤̓͗͒͋̆̈́͗͆̈́̎͆̈́̃͐̉̈́̇̕ ̵̳͎̦̥̫̥̼̗̻̘̣̤̺̦̬͙̣̜̅͋̈̓̉̓̈́̈́͛̆͂̍͋͌̈́̿͊̎͘̚͘͜ͅͅŞ̶̢̧̛̞̲͇̩̰̞̰̪͕̪̘̭̠̘̲́͑̏̎̈̋̓̅̿̉̅͊̈́̇̐̈̕͝͝͝Ư̷̦͔̟͓͈̦͓͈̰̩̫͎̼͇̟͙̗̠̖̄͑̽̍̑̏́̏̈́̆̈̍̐̓́͗̽͝͠ͅM̷̨̛̛͉̺̲͓͍̜͇̭̪̠͓̣̥͕̘̪̺̎͑̓̃̽͒̃̎͋̆͑̑̄̆̄̓͜͝͝M̴̨̢̨̢̧̡̡͔̪͖̖̲͚̗̩̯̭̱̂̾̆̏̍͛͂̓͐̀̽́̈́̚̚͘͜͝͝Ǫ̷̨̢̪̘̪̬̜̜͎̫̹̲͉͈̝̗̬̅͛̍̾̽̄͑̆͑͗̈́̾̈́͛̒͛́͝ͅŅ̵̨̡̨̨̢̻̥̹͕̜͚̝͇̬̦̦̞͚̍̀̽͑͌́̌͂͒̆͊͗̃̈́̈́͑͘̕͜͝ ̸̢̨̛̲̙̳̻͎̙͈̭̤͇̩̯͍͕͍̣͒͋̓͆͂͂̂̐̀͗͆̿̌̐̊̃̈́̾͝ͅṲ̵̢̨̠̟̲͔̝̟̺̗͙͔̦̫̞̯̼͋̎̽̓̍͂͛̇̌̏̒̀͊͌͊͑̒̈̂ͅP̶̡̛̗̩͔̬̦͚̟̲̭͙̫͖͍̹̼̱̘̙̉̐̊͋͋͂̎͋̑͋̽̽͊̀͌̚̚͝ͅ ̸̡̛̱̱͔̟̦̮̞̻͈͙̝̬̘̖̩̦̦̝̞̍̈́̊̈́̀̒͒̃̈͒̔͛͋͒̏̕͘̚͠T̷̡̮̖̫͓̦̯̮̺̹̺̗̘͓̳͙̼̖̯͙̔̒̇̌͗̆̇͗̐͐̀̉͌͐͐̄͒̚̚͝ͅH̸̛͍̰̻̺̮̙̺̼͉͉͇̪̺͍̳͚̯̩̞̬͉̾̌̒́͌́̈̽͐͗͆̏̅̽͐̎̕͝É̴̢̛̠̦͙͕̳͍͚͉̭̙͈̣̘̩̬̖͓͒͊̈́͒̌̐̌̄̈́͛̈̔̈́͌̀͝͠ͅ ̴̡̨̤̠̫̻̮̳̹̙̰̳͔̥̫̪̝̩͈͉̓̂̌̍̔̀̉͌̉̀̓͑̾͒͂̂͋͑̄̚͜͝Ą̷̧̛̛͚͔̬̗͎̲̻͎̮͓̗̠͕̫̙̫͕͔͗́͐̾͋̀̇̒̌̓̓̈̉̅̉̔͝ͅN̷̯͎͙̘͔̜̲̠̦͉͙͓̜̠̝̥̱͚̣̲͉̽̅̌͒̊̿̇͋̊̈͋͂̒̅̒̾̚͝C̵̥̻̯̥̹̺̠̳̦̘̱̺̺̣͙͉̖̣̞̾̈́͂͆̽̔͊̏̓̇͗͒̾̊̐͘̚͠Ỉ̵̠̗̙̹̙̫̫̯͎̣͈̤̗͍̗̬͙̬̯̭̊͊̅̅̒̐̀̍́̓͗̾̿̎̂̒̊̕͠͠Ę̴̡̧͙͔͙̦̦͉̦͖̮͔̺̫̤̼͙̥̝́̏̄̔̌̀̍̏̂͗̅̓͂̈́̏̚̕̚͝N̴̯͎̹̙̹̪̙̰͔̩͓̱̗̞͔͎̯̘̆̈̍͛̈́͑̽͆̔̉̽̎̍͊͌̓͗̕͝Ť̶̹̭͖̝̪̳͎͎͔͔͕͚̦̮̰͙̱̅͛̌͗̔̎̓̂̐̾̐̃̒̒͊̅͑̔̚͜͜͠ ̴̢̬̪̞͙͕̻͚͇͉̯̰̤̪̖̻̘͓̤͕̠̋̍́͐̇́͋̃͆̉̑̐̂̆͒̇͂͛̃͊͝P̴̡̢̡͈̬͎̱̳̼̗̞̱̰͖̭͔̤̤̀̌̓̄̏̑́̂̈́̓̅̌̈́̓̒́͜͜͝͝͝ͅÔ̸̧̢̹̪̣͚͙̣͚̱̹̝̹̩̠̞͚̣̥͌͐͐͌̄̔́̿̇̂̿̌̈́̊͆̈͂͘͝W̸̡̛̻͙̻̞̘̰͈̖̱̯̮͎̤͖̤̼̭̃͐̂͋͂̑͗̾̄̾̐̃̉̇̽́̌̑̓̚ͅĘ̵̪͇̤̱̖̭̟̼̪̤̣̹̭̩͖͍͍̅͛͊̍̌̊̌́̇̆̐̇̃̽̑͌̒͘͜͝͠͝ͅR̶̛̖̱̯̳̳̰̭̖̬͎̣̩̗͖̯̝͖̻̭̿̏̏̅̒̈́̿̐͐́̿̎̽̀̐͋̆̚̕͠ͅͅS̵̡̛̛̜̬̘̣̞̞̼̱͓̝͙͍͔̖͇͖̠͍͚͚̈́̀̂͆͗͊̈́͆̿̍̄̎̓̄̾͑͠͝?̶̢̧̡̩̳̠̮̥̹̙̪̞̞̬̺̼̲̖̺̌̊̽̀̔̅̿̌̌̉̇̈́͋̀̆͝͝͠
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