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Nintendo 3DS XL

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Nintendo 3DS XL
ニンテンドー3DS LL Nintendo 3DS LL
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Nintendo 3DS XL
Release dates
Japan: July 28, 2012
North America: August 19, 2012
Europe: July 28, 2012
Australia: August 23, 2012
South Korea: September 20, 2012
Technical specs


Related information
Console generation: Eighth generation
Pokémon generations: I*, II*, III*, IV*, V*, VI
Console type: Handheld
External links

The Nintendo 3DS XL (Japanese: ニンテンドー3DS LL Nintendo 3DS LL) is a Nintendo 3DS model that was announced in a Nintendo Direct on June 21, 2012.

Both screens of the Nintendo 3DS XL are approximately ninety percent larger than the screens of the Nintendo 3DS. The console has an improved battery life, lasting from 3.5 to 6.5 hours. The Nintendo 3DS XL's stylus slot has moved from the back to the right side of the console. The AC adapter is not packaged with the console in Europe and Japan. The console is bundled with a 4GB SD card.

The Circle Pad Pro XL, a special version of the Circle Pad Pro for the Nintendo 3DS XL, was released, since the original Circle Pad Pro was not compatible with it due to the system's size.

In Japan, production of some colors of Nintendo 3DS XL has already ceased, with all other colors to be discontinued in the near future.

Pokémon games

All releases listed are the year in which the Japanese version was released.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Rumble Blast Fighter 2011
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Dungeon crawler 2012
Pokémon X and Y Main series RPG 2013
Pokémon Art Academy Art training 2014
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Versus fighter 2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Main series RPG 2014

Nintendo eShop

The Nintendo eShop uses the Internet to purchase and download 3DS-exclusive downloadable games (including 3D classics), DSiWare, and Virtual Console games with money uploaded onto the console.

Title Genre Release
Pokédex 3D Utility 2011
Pokémon Dream Radar First-person shooter 2012
Pokédex 3D Pro Utility 2012
Pokémon Bank Utility 2013
Poké Transporter Utility 2013
Pokémon Battle Trozei Puzzle 2014
The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon Action 2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version Main series RPG (demo) 2014
Pokémon Shuffle Puzzle 2015
Pokémon Rumble World Action RPG 2015

Retail titles

Select Nintendo 3DS retail software titles are available to download via the Nintendo eShop since August 2012.

Title Genre Original release eShop release
Pokémon Rumble Blast Action RPG 2011 2012
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Dungeon crawler 2012 2012
Pokémon X and Y RPG 2013 2013
Pokémon Art Academy Art training 2014 2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Main series RPG 2014 2014

Virtual Console games

Virtual Console games are old games that were originally released on past consoles, and have now been re-released on the Nintendo eShop. They can be downloaded after being bought. There are two Pokémon games that have received this treatment so far.

Title Genre Original system Original release VC release
Pokémon Trading Card Game Card game Game Boy Color 1998 2014
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Puzzle Game Boy Color 2000 2014


Patches for various Pokémon games have been released on the Nintendo eShop. Additionally, Pokémon Shuffle can update itself when performing the daily check-in, but such updates cannot be downloaded through the Nintendo eShop. If an update is available on Nintendo eShop for a game the player has, the update has not been downloaded yet and there is an attempt to launch that game while connected to the internet, the system will inform the player of the update and offer to go straight to the update in Nintendo eShop to download it.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon X and Y patches Update 2013 - 2014
Pokémon Bank patches Update 2013 - 2014
Pokémon Art Academy patch Update 2014
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS patches Update 2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire patches Update 2014

Via backwards compatibility

The Nintendo 3DS XL can be used to play games playable in the Nintendo DS series of systems, excluding Game Boy Advance games.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Dash Racing game 2004
Pokémon Trozei! Puzzle game 2005
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team Dungeon crawler 2005
Pokémon Ranger Action RPG 2006
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Main series RPG 2006
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness Dungeon crawler 2007
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Action RPG 2008
Pokémon Platinum Main series RPG 2008
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Dungeon crawler 2009
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Main series RPG 2009
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Action RPG 2010
Pokémon Black and White Main series RPG 2010
Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure Education 2011
Pokémon Card Game: How to Play DS Card game 2011
Pokémon Conquest Turn-based strategy 2012
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Main series RPG 2012


Special Pokémon editions

  • Pikachu Yellow edition: Yellow Nintendo 3DS XLs which featured Pikachu on the cover were available at Japanese Pokémon Centers starting on August 25, 2012 at a cost of ¥18,900. It was only available as a preorder and could be picked up between the 25th and September 15th. The console sold out in less than a day, with some fans reporting waiting in line for over four hours.
  • Charizard edition: A Charizard edition of the Nintendo 3DS XL was announced for Pokémon Centers throughout Japan. It was available to win via a lottery from November 3 to November 26, 2012. If the sales are successful, Nintendo has announced that it will be available for purchase for ¥18,900 from December 15 to January 14 in Japan.
  • Eevee edition: An Eevee edition was available to purchase from a lottery until June 30, 2013.



External links


  • In Pokémon X and Y, after starting a new game with Serena, Serena stands up from her bed holding a Pikachu Yellow 3DS XL. Calem is not seen with a 3DS or 3DS XL.[1]


  1. Pokémon X and Y cameos | NinDB Forums
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