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3DS XL Mario Kart 7 Bundle Coming Dec. 7 

by Tyler Ohlew - November 29, 2012, 11:13 am PST
Total comments: 11 Source: Press Release

Drive, fly, and swim your way to savings.

A 3DS XL bundle containing the handheld and Mario Kart 7 will be sold at retail for $199.99 come December 7.

The bundle includes a blue/black 3DS XL, and Mario Kart 7 pre-installed on the handheld's 4GB SD card.

Separately, the system alone costs $199.99, with Mario Kart 7 selling for $39.99 in retail and the eShop.

Nintendo 3DS XL Bundle Races into Stores for the Holidays

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mario Kart fans are getting a limited-edition bundle to help keep their engines revving through the holidays. On Dec. 2, Nintendo is offering a Blue/Black Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario Kart 7pre-installed on the system for a suggested retail price of $199.99. If purchased separately, the system and the game would be offered at suggested retail prices of $199.99 and $39.99 respectively, making this another great Nintendo value for holiday shoppers.

The portable Nintendo 3DS XL system offers two screens that are 90 percent larger than the original Nintendo 3DS and let owners see even more amazing 3D details. Owners can watch their karts zoom across the track in 3D without the need for special glasses. The system also includes the Nintendo eShop, a one-stop shop for downloadable new games, Virtual Console games, free game demos and full downloadable versions of retail games. Users can also enjoy augmented-reality features and Nintendo Video, a channel filled with free one-of-a-kind 3D videos.

Mario Kart 7 lets karts race through the air and under the sea for the first time. On big jumps, karts deploy a wing to help them glide over the track. When karts dive underwater, a propeller pops out to help the kart cruise across the sea floor. Players can customize their vehicles further to enhance their driving style or play to certain types of terrain and even race as their own Mii characters. Multiple courses challenge players to race for the checkered flag.

For more information about Nintendo 3DS XL, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Talkback

b_willersNovember 29, 2012

So if you buy this and then do a system transfer from your old 3DS, does it write over Mario Kart? 

KITT 10KNovember 29, 2012

No, it'll transfer ALL of your content from one 3DS to the other, (the only thing is it doesn't transfer any games you downloaded BUT you still can re-download them with NO charge for the ones you had on your old 3DS).

TeaHeeNovember 29, 2012

I am so annoyed.  I decided to buy a 3DS XL as soon as it was announced, but I decided to wait for a few months to see if different colors or bundles would show up.  Then, when I didn't see anything interesting for Black Friday, I bought one. Now, a bundle I would have been interested in pops up.  I must have bad karma!

Spak-SpangNovember 30, 2012

So, if you want to install a higher SD Card is it possible to re-download the game to another card?

KITT 10KNovember 30, 2012

Of course. As long as the system transfer has been done you can use a larger size card that your last one.

EasyCureNovember 30, 2012

this still isn't enough to get me to finally purchase a 3ds but might as well ask here than to bump an old thread:

is the image quality different on the xl version? I recall reading that the original dsxl would stretch images out because if three larger screens, and the result want always pretty.

i can see myself getting an xl because it would be slightly more comfortable in my hands, but if the visuals take a hit I'd rather go with the smaller model (some i rarely play my handheld anyway).

KITT 10KNovember 30, 2012

I don't see any evidence that there is any loss of visual quality on the 3DS XL of any kind. In my opinion it is worth getting. I have one myself and I love it.

smallsharkbigbiteDecember 01, 2012

The # of pixels are the same, so by definition the XL will not have as good of quality as the normal 3DS.  But it's not like going from standard def to high def. 


To me, it's more about comfort.  With the standard 3DS, I play with the 3DS closer to my face.  With the XL, I play with my arms more stretched and in a more comfortable position for me. 

This is a start at least, but I know $20-25 off was the standard this holiday season.  Add that in with all the game sales, you could have easily gotten an XL with a physical copy of Mario Kart for $200 this holiday season.

EasyCureDecember 01, 2012

Thanks for the info, I have to hope a store has both systems side by side to see the difference myself I suppose. Then again I'm not sure how much more comfortable the XL would be as I've never held one that wasn't attached to a demo station.

Mop it upDecember 01, 2012

Quote from: EasyCure

is the image quality different on the xl version?

The image quality itself is the same, however you may notice jaggies on the XL's larger screens, especially if you use the 3D and hold it at the recommend one foot away. But if the jaggies bother you then you can hold it farther away, and it'll look just fine. However, a common issue appears to be that one of the screens will have a slight yellow tint, but this isn't really noticeable outside of the white menu screens and such.

I think the XL is definitely more comfortable than the regular. Console controllers are still better of course, but the size makes it easier to grip and the material of it just feels better than the original. And you can always get the Circle Pad Pro XL if you need something more. It is a little heavier, but that shouldn't be a problem for a big, strong man like yourself. ;)

EasyCureDecember 01, 2012

Quote from: Mop

Quote from: EasyCure

is the image quality different on the xl version?

The image quality itself is the same, however you may notice jaggies on the XL's larger screens, especially if you use the 3D and hold it at the recommend one foot away. But if the jaggies bother you then you can hold it farther away, and it'll look just fine. However, a common issue appears to be that one of the screens will have a slight yellow tint, but this isn't really noticeable outside of the white menu screens and such.

I think the XL is definitely more comfortable than the regular. Console controllers are still better of course, but the size makes it easier to grip and the material of it just feels better than the original. And you can always get the Circle Pad Pro XL if you need something more. It is a little heavier, but that shouldn't be a problem for a big, strong man like yourself. ;)

Thanks for noticing ;)

I just know my hands can cramp from long sessions of playing my DS/DSi but I hardly play the damn thing. The Gamepad is surprisingly comfortable given its size so I have a feeling once I do upgrade to a 3DS, it'll be the XL model.

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