In just over a month, we'll be able to stroll into the nearest mall and leave with a shiny red or blue (more like red) 3DS XL. Quite honestly, we can't wait. Not only does the system benefit from a 4.88-inch top screen, but it also looks sexy to boot. It's DS Lite all over again, but at a higher price; the XL costs $199.99.

That said, we mapped out a game plan of things we most want to do the moment 3DS XL slides from its box. On that note, let us count the ways.


1. Transfer Our Current 3DS Games

We have no intention of leaving Mutant Mudds, Mighty Switch Force! and Pushmo behind. Thankfully, we're able to transfer purchased content from the old 3DS (and by old, we mean so March 2011) to the 3DS XL. VVVVVV, Sakura Samurai, Dillon's Rolling Western...scratch that, Dillon can stay.

2. Play New Super Mario Bros. 2

It's a foregone conclusion that we cannot pick up a 3DS XL without also buying New Super Mario Bros. 2 along with it. With this in mind, we plan to crack the shrink-wrap on the plumber's newest adventure post haste, then redeem the Club Nintendo code. And yes, we're Platinum.

3. Check Out Previously Released 3DS And DS Games

We can't wait to see what Pilotwings Resort, Resident Evil Revelations and other titles (even DS) will look like on that 3DS XL screen. In fact, we posted a feature that lists all the games right here. We also plan to avoid Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance until the XL's in our hands. At long last, we'll be able to enjoy 3DS games without wearing glasses or contact lenses.

4. Switch On Glasses Free 3D

We're super curious to see how the 3D effects will appear on the larger screen. Blurry? Just right? Supremely enhanced? Suffice to say, we'll max out the slider pronto.

5. Part Ways With The Current 3DS

Sad to say, but yes, there's no use keeping the Cosmo Black system around collecting dust. No need to cry, though, as we're sure it'll wind up in the hands of a very happy gamer disinterested with owning the latest and greatest systems. You know, someone far less materialistic than us.


We're going to get our hands on this sexy system soon and we'll report back with our impressions!