It's been a rocky road for Nintendo's 3DS handheld.
Debuting in March of 2011 to all sorts of hype over its ability to display 3D images without the need for special glasses, the system shot out of the gate to solid reviews and swift sales. But once users zipped through the initial software lineup, those sales began to slow down. Really slow down. A mere four months after releasing the system, Nintendo dropped its price by $80, a move considered by most to be a last-ditch effort to revive a troubled system.
Nintendo's cagey, however, and sure enough, sales rebounded nicely over the remainder of 2011. Now firmly ahead of the competing PlayStation Vita (which is itself going through a bit of a sales crisis), the 3DS is ready for its second act.
And so are we, because it turns out the redesigned 3DS XL is an all-around improvement over the original system.Read More »from Review: Super-sized Nintendo 3DS XL is a big improvement