Product Comparison: Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo 3DS XL

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General Specifications
About the Product
Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you do, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. So you get more time to play the games you love, however you like.
The Nintendo 3DS XL system combines next-generation portable gaming with eye-popping 3D visuals. Take 3D photos, connect to friends, other players, or wireless hotspots with the wireless StreetPass and SpotPass communication modes. With 90 percent larger screens than the 3DS, 3DS XL is the ultimate 3D entertainment system.
Key Specs
Screen Resolution
720 p
240 p
Game Sources
Nintendo Switch game cards, Nintendo eShop
Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DS cartridge
Internal Memory
32 GB
1.5 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nintendo Switch Handheld Game Console
  • Bought for myself for Christmas, works great. Screen resolution is really good, Mario is very clear and no lag or frame rate drops.
  • The best thing is Nintendo Switch is reliable portable and had a great resolution personally I recommend this.
  • This switch is good for Zelda. Other consoles don't have Zelda.
  • Wish it had more memory.
  • Just needs more memory.
Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console
  • The screen has a nice resolution. Very well built. Much better than the ds lite!
  • It's perfect! I absolutely love it. It also came with a 4GB Memory Card, so I was so relieved I didn't have to buy my own.
  • The 3DSXL comes with a 4 GB SD card, making for a much bigger space for storage than the 2 GB SD card included with the first models.
  • i was nervous it wont work but after i started it it was very good and good going, it also had a 4 Giga memory card
  • The game collection is super small. You can download a number of games off the store but proprietary memory cards make this expensive.
Size & Weight
4.02 in.
3.7 in.
9.4 in.
6.1 in.
0.55 in.
0.9 in.
0.88 lbs.
0.74 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console
  • It doesn't look ergonomic, but its actually quite comfortable to play with.
  • Perfect for my boyfriends birthday, affordable, compact, from what he says better than the original. Easy gift for a gamer.
  • The buttons all work well, the weight is nice, for being fairly large in screen size, the overall unit is pretty compact.
  • The buttons are placed horribly and the device does not feel good while in your hand.
  • The ergonomic design of the console could use a good bit of work, though. It's very uncomfortable to play for more than a few minutes at a time.
Screen Type
LCD (3D)
Screen Size
6.2 in.
4.88 in.
What customers say about "Screen"
Nintendo Switch Handheld Game Console
  • The handheld mode is nice and the LCD is top notch.
  • Awesome system for tv and for on the go!
  • An excellent portable game system with large screen that can be played on a TV.
  • Screen is plastic, so you have to buy a screen guard to keep the docking station from scratching.
  • Plastic screen scratches easily.
Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console
  • The touch screen is really nicely made
  • The screen is large, and the 3D effect really does work (but it's a strain on my eyes, and is easily turned off.)
  • The screen size is great, the touch screen is very responsive.
  • The screen is SOOO much larger and definitely makes any game you play with it that much more immersive..
  • My Son likes it but the 3D is the down side, because if you move your head away and look back at the screen you need to find the right place to see the 3D
Multimedia Features
Multiplayer, News, Nintendo eShop, Album, Parental controls, amiibo
Music, Photo, StreetPass, SpotPass, Multiplayer, Mii Maker, Internet browser, Nintendo eShop, YouTube, Activity Log
Expansion Card
2000 GB
32 GB
Front Camera
0.3 MP
Rear Camera
0.3 MP
What customers say about "Multimedia"
Nintendo Switch Handheld Game Console
  • The online shop is stuffed with indie games and some 1990's favorites from SNK.
  • The online multiplayer is very smooth (a lot smoother than I expected) which is perfect for playing with friends.
  • The switch is great for multiplayer use and one player as well.
  • I love how it has parental controls and a timer on it so my boys won't be on the game all night long.
  • Games are still nonexistent, the interface is boring and incomplete, the store has no media available yet. No other media apps available.
Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console
  • The 3DS also comes with a front and rear cameras so you can take pictures and edit them however you like.
  • Web browsing is alright. You can go on Facebook and such. Websites load reasonably fast.
  • The resolution is very low quality so don't expect HD pictures.
  • Expected better quality from the two cameras but it's not really an annoyance.
  • My only complaint is that the eshop is not as fleshed out as it is on the Wii.
Power button, Volume Button, L/R sticks, A/B/X/Y/L/R/ZL/ZR/+/- Buttons, Capture Button, Home button, Cross control pad
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, MicroSD card slot, Audio jack 3.5mm, USB
4310 mAh
1750 mAh
What customers say about "Power"
Nintendo Switch Handheld Game Console
  • The great thing is that it auto sleeps if you stop playing it. Saving battery juice.
  • Zelda looks great on it and the sleep mode is amazing. Three days on sleep mode and it only used 16% battery.
  • The downside is that batttery runs around 4-6 hours.
  • I bought this for my son two months ago; he is very unhappy now because the battery drains quickly and he can't take it anywhere.
Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console
  • This is such a fun console. Battery lasts a long time. And it goes everywhere w us.
  • Battery hold life fairly long.
  • Really a fantastic system and the battery life is fantastic.
  • Good system with good battery life
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
Other Information
299.99 $
Date First Available
July 28, 2012

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