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While I've been a semi-loyal Nintendo girl since the tender age of about 5 years old when Pokemon Red landed in my toybox, the Nintendo 3DS XL didn't stand out to me when first released. A little too big, I thought, now that I'd become a fully-fledged human often toting a handbag in the crook of my arm and found in a fashion office for the vast majority of my day.

I recently worked with Nintendo on a series of Animal Crossing: New Leaf posts, and also played the Style Boutique game earlier in the year, and am now a full convert. Move aside sleek white DS Lite.

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Nintendo 3DS XL review
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Nintendo 3DS XL review
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Nintendo 3DS XL review
Nintendo 3DS XL console, RRP £140, available on Amazon.

First and foremost, the appearance. Well, I am writing this on a fashion blog, right? I've become quite accustomed to its' larger size, boasting two 4.88-inch screens, one of which is a stereoscopic 3D display. The 3D screen can be controlled with a handy built-in 3D depth slider: something I love because a bumpy commute and the 3D screen isn't always great for the eyes.

Additionally, there is a Wi-Fi switch on the same side, so the Virgos of the world can categorise and associate techy features to the right of the console. (I'm not even a Virgo... I don't know why I said that.) A motion sensor and gyro sensor means that there is a whole new world of opportunities with games. Whether you're moving from side to side or tilting your screen - just imagine Mario Kart with this feature. In the same vein, there is a pedometer that operates when you put the console to sleep, which is great when you're on a sporadic health kick!

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Nintendo 3DS XL review
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Nintendo 3DS XL review

The Nintendo 3DS XL also has a standard analog control and bonus circle pad which is quite commonly used but something that takes the 3DS XL to another level in my opinion. So much easier to catch bugs and fish in Animal Crossing now! Finally, another thing to note is the 3D camera which I am quite simply fascinated with. How, does that bad boy work?! Nice nonetheless, but I can't decide how to use all of those pixelated snaps...

Overall, I'm a 3DS XL convert. I confess. It resides either in my home office (slap on the wrist), on my bedside table or in my handbag, and I probably play on it at least six days a week. The Wi-Fi capability paired with Friend Codes and Nintendo community capabilities means it is super social - great for us bloggers. I couldn't recommend it enough for both seasoned gamers and those who are looking for something to pass time away this summer. 
Disclaimer: I was gifted my Nintendo 3DS XL in order to review Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I have not been paid to write this additional post about my console, I just thought it'd be useful as so many of you are considering picking one up for some New Leaf action!

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  1. This is a really handy little post! I've been seriously considering taking the plunge because Wild World just isn't cutting it against seeing everyone's awesome New Leaf screenshots. However I'm yet to find a shop where I can actually look at the consoles in real life before I buy one... x

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    1. Ah thanks Erin! Gosh you really should pick one up, it's an amazing size for the handbag and I play on mine every day at the moment. So sad that a lot of the GAME stores have closed down, I can't remember the last time I popped into my local store! x

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  2. Ahh, my old pink nintendo was my favourite thing ever! I literally just want to buy this for New Leaf! All the posts & reviews look amazing and the gamer inside of me is just begging for it!
    Simply-Abbi xx

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    1. It is so worth it, I've persuaded almost all of my gamer pals to pick a copy up! So much fun and a really nice step up from the previous Animal Crossing titles. (:

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  3. I currently own a 3DS (bought solely to play Animal Crossing New Leaf!) but I SO wish I'd bought an XL! x

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    1. The XL is such a perfect size, really like mine! x

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  4. I bought the XL purely for New Leaf and it was the best decision I've ever made. I'm so hooked on the game and can't wait to get some more to play!xx

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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    1. I haven't stopped playing it since I got my hands on it - so incredibly addictive! I'm picking up Mario Kart 3DS this weekend, I think! xx

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  5. i love animal crossing - unfortunately i'm still saving up for new leaf and a new console! x

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    1. Ahh sending you luck with the saving, it'll be worth it, I promise!

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  6. Ooh this looks great and so pretty too I love the blue colour! X

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    1. It's so pretty, isn't it? I really wish I had the pale pink or limited edition Animal Crossing print but this is fine too ;)

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  7. I really, really want to play New Leaf, would take me back to the old GameCube days! I've also really wanted to play Style Boutique as I loved the one for DS. I'd totally get one if I wasn't so broke right now. x

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

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    1. It's honestly so much fun, there are SO many new features and upgrades! Style Boutique was literally ridiculously fun to play, I might buy it (my other copy was a loan for review!) this summer! x

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  8. I have the normal 3DS in red and i love it to death. I don't even have much games because they're expensive as hell but i play them all the time. Best thing about them: pokemon games lol. I can't wait to buy Pokemon Y!

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    1. Ooh I bet the red looks amazing! I'm really excited for Pokemon, I've got a countdown on my phone for it! x

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