By TRENTON MEADE
The New Nintendo 3DS XL features improved functionality as well as a slight change to the chassis that its predecessor fell short on executing.
The New 3DS, released Feb. 13, 2015, though the same size and shape, is relatively the same as the old version, has some slight changes that were much needed.
The glasses-free stereoscopic 3D technology revolutionized gaming when it was first introduced in 2011 on the Nintendo 3DS. Without the use of 3D glasses or accessories, the handheld let you game with a new experience never seen before.
This was the future of gaming. The technology produced an out-of-this-world experience and was loved… for the first few minutes of use. The glasses-free 3D technology was flawed. You had to keep your head and hands perfectly still to see the effects and might’ve wanted headache medication handy as eye-straining was a big issue.
The New 3DS includes super stable 3D technology that allows users to comfortably use the glasses-free 3D feature without worry. With the addition of a second camera above the top screen, it allows the system to track the position of your head in relation to the screen and adjust the 3D effect accordingly.
The new camera tracking system works terrifically. You can adjust your position and not worry about having blurriness or screen lag interrupt your game. Keeping your head in the camera’s range will allow it to focus the 3D effect towards your eye position and when in low-lit areas, there’s a built-in infrared light that also works surprisingly well. At the touch of the dimension slider on the right side of the top screen, you can switch between 2D and 3D gaming.
The introduction of the new C-stick, a non-moving, touch-based button and the ZL and ZR buttons make the system more versatile. Though it seems a bit crammed, it actually feels great and works like a charm. The addition of the C-stick allows for better in-game control and camera controls in certain games. The ZL and ZR buttons are features that a lot of users have waited for. The addition makes gaming styles more simplistic and in-game moves easier to remember. The fingertip-sized buttons have a slight gap between the shoulder buttons, letting the index fingers rest comfortably until they need to be used.
The New 3DS also houses a much improved processor, which helps games to load faster, gives users a non-clunky, fast operating system and interface and allows gaming to be smoother. The graphics had a modest improvement and the operating system is working near flawless compared to the previous 3DS XL.
Built-in Amiibo support and NFC reader allows you to scan your Amiibo figure to get bonus items, content and character customization options. These figures give you a bonus and are a nice collector’s item.
The stylus, slightly shorter and thicker, slides out of the bottom of the system granting quick access when needed and is out of the way while gaming. The volume slider being moved allows users to feel more comfortable and not accidentally blast volume in secrete locations. A few other movement changes including the game card slot, power button and headphone port helped to make the New 3DS better than its older version.