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I'm looking into buying a 3DS.

Besides Screen size and overall size, are there anymore differences between the regular and the XL version?

Also, can they both play old DS titles?

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A quick wikipedia search resulted in this:

Note: I have summarized and paraphrased. Source.

  • 90% larger screens; the top screen is 4.88 in (124 mm) and the bottom one 4.18 in (106 mm).
  • 86% longer battery life; 1750 mAh lithium-ion battery, lasting 3.5 to 6.5 hours compared to the previous 3 to 5 hours on 3DS games and 6 to 10 hours compared to the previous 5 to 8 hours on original DS games
  • 46% heavier; 336 grams
  • 4 GB SD card comes packaged with the 3DS XL instead of the 2 GB card included with the standard 3DS

To answer your question about original DS games, notice the last part of the second bullet point.

5 to 8 hours on original DS games

Hope that helps.

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It's also worth noting, that DS games running at native resolution look better on the XL than on the original 3DS because they aren't constricted by the small screen size. – Oniros Jun 14 '13 at 14:27
Also worth noting, the XL is significantly more comfortable for teen/adult hands. I know several people who experienced significant hand cramps playing on a regular 3DS that was fixed by upgrading to the 3DS XL – Lawton Apr 15 '14 at 0:42

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