A Bigger DSi, a Bigger Gaming Experience
Nov 24, 2011
a Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Larger screen, SD storage, innovative design, dual-cameras.
Cons:Cameras during night usage outdoors
The Bottom Line: A larger Nintendo DSi, presents a larger gaming experience
The Nintendo DSi XL was a hard purchase for me, I already own a Nintendo DS, DSi, and DS Lite, so I really didn’t see the need for another console added to my collection. But, the larger screens, and bigger design began to appeal to me so I decided to go ahead and purchase the Nintendo DSi XL. This is a whole new breed of hard held for Nintendo, it is not huge, but it is much bigger then the original DSi and DS Lite.
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Upon first holding the DSi XL I could really tell that it is a bigger console. This thing is still portable, but it is really not that much smaller then an EEE PC. Still, the bigger screens really improve the game play of the DSi. There are notable features that the DSi possesses that are new to the DS brand, the first of which are the two VGA digital cameras. Why there is a camera on the outside of the unit, and on the inside of the unit is beyond me, but there is. The two cameras have decent image quality, if you are using it two take a head shot for Facebook it will look decent.
I tried the cameras at nighttime, and the image was barely viewable, of course this was outside. Still, for indoor shots at night, the quality is just decent enough for me to give it a passing grade. The thing that I really like about the DSi and DSi XL is the fact that it supports the SD memory card. This allows me to play music, and even load and unload images with ease. The Nintendo DSi XL doesn’t support the Game Boy Advance cartridges like the old DS, but I don’t find my self-playing GBA all that often on my DS anyway.
The DSi XL comes pre-installed with Dr. Kawashimas Brain Training: Arts Edition. A Fun game that really utilizes the larger screens and touch-screen capability of the Nintendo DSi XL console. The sound output on the larger console is much improved, I like the way that the game audio sounds on this unit, plus the sound output is stereo so you literally experience all of the sound that the game has to offer.
The Nintendo DSi XL already has a huge library of games thanks to the original Nintendo DS and DS Lite. Choosing titles for this console can seem overwhelming, but if you are deciding on purchasing the Nintendo DSi XL for Christmas I recommend Mario Kart DS, Sonic Dash, Diddy Kong Racing, and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl as the first choices. The Nintendo DSi XL is a much bigger DSi, with a beautiful screen, and great features such as the ability to use SD storage, and connect via Wi-Fi to the Internet. If you want an innovative handheld gaming console the DSi Xl is the way to go.
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