Would it be pointless to buy a 3DS XL just to play regular Nintendo DS games?

#1slk_23Posted 8/19/2012 10:37:27 AM
It's not that I don't want to play 3DS games. It's just that I don't have enough time to. I have a huge backlog of DS games I've accumulated during college. There were so many games that I bought but never got around to playing because I've been so busy with life. Now that I've finally graduated, I want to start going through the list again, but I was wondering whether a 3DS XL would be better for that. I already do have a regular DS XL. It's huge, and from what I've heard, it's more or less the same size as the 3DS XL. Would I be able to benefit from better features or battery life if I upgraded? I'll probably get around to 3DS games eventually, but I'm afraid if I do so too soon, I'll spoil myself and never be able to touch DS games again.
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#2MachEvolutionPosted 8/19/2012 10:45:01 AM
Stick with your DSi XL until your ready to get into 3DS games. As far as DS games go, DSi XL is probably the best system to play them on.
#3slk_23(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2012 10:46:39 AM
Did they do weird things with the backward compatibility with the 3DS? I remember disliking the DS for GBA games because of the black border and the fact that A and B were awkwardly placed.
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#4MachEvolutionPosted 8/19/2012 10:50:03 AM
I don't think there's any real problems with backwards compatibility, and with the 3DS XL the different resolutions don't really matter, though you will still have black borders at least on the top screen. I'm also not sure about how 3DS XL's battery life for DS games compares to the DSi XL's battery life, but I do remember the DSi XL being praised for it's long battery life.
#5Error1355(Moderator)Posted 8/19/2012 10:50:54 AM
The DS games on 3DS XL look terrible when stretched to max screen size (Think of poor jpg compression or something to that effect), but if you hold select when loading it up it will use a native resolution. It is about the same size as a DSi screen.

If you think you'll end up picking a 3DS game or two, it's worth it to me. If you have no intentions on buying a 3DS game, stick with your DSi XL.
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#6mjc0961Posted 8/19/2012 10:56:17 AM
If all you're going to play is DS games, stick to the DS you already have. Who knows? By the time you want to start buying 3DS games, the 3DS systems could have dropped in price or there could be better color choices available.
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#7slk_23(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2012 10:57:14 AM
Oh right, I just realized that it took like a year for an upgrade to come to the 3DS. Tsk tsk Nintendo...
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