Digital Spy writes: "The main benefits of the 3DS XL also have some trade-offs. The larger screens - which are a stunning increase when compared to the original - wield a much lower image quality, and the comfortable form factor and improved battery life means the device is noticeably heavier and larger.
"Some users might not mind the trade-off in image quality for much larger screens, however, so we could recommend that you go hands-on with the device before making the jump to determine whether the drawbacks will make a difference to you.
"As a result, this can't be instantly recommended over the current 3DS model. Instead, it's very much an optional upgrade, which thankfully doesn't leave early 3DS adopters out in the cold."