With its incredible graphics, eye-popping 3D, and its super-sized screens (not to mention the awesome Pokémon design), Pokémon X and Y 3DS XL would be a great gift for anyone this season. Its built-in 3D slider allows you to adjust the 3D settings, or turn it off completely whenever you want, and with its two touch screens, analog control, built-in camera and microphone, advanced motion controls, and traditional button controls, it’s everything you love about the Nintendo DS and DSi, only better. Got games from your old DS or DSi? Good news! The 3DS XL’s backwards compatibility allows you to play almost all existing DS and DSi games in 2D. Retailing at $199.99, your 3DS XL comes with a 3D camera (two outer cameras, which allow for the creation of 3D photos, video, and even stop-motion animation), an SD memory card to store photos, sound recording, and music, an AC adapter, stylus, AR cards, quick start guide, and an operations manual. It even comes with built-in software you can enjoy right out of the box, and is hardwired for quick and easy access to hundreds of downloadable games, Netflix, and 3D videos.
Play as a young Pokémon trainer, battle against other trainers to gain experience, capture wild Pokémon, and trade Pokémon, exclusive to either X or Y with other players to obtain all Pokémon from both versions in these two brand-new Pokémon adventures. You can customize your trainer’s appearance by choosing gender, skin tone, and hair color at the beginning of the game, then acquire different outfits and accessories throughout. New Pokémon join the ranks alongside the Pokémon you know and love, including the brand-new Fairy-type for both new and old Pokémon. Another brand-new element thrown in the mix is Mega Evolution, allowing fully evolved Pokémon to further evolve into more powerful Mega forms in battle. The Player Search System allows you to keep track of other online players, so you can initiate battles or trade at will. You can even request Pokémon you haven’t yet acquired with the Global Trade System, or do a blind trade using Wonder Trade.
This new adventure for Link is packed with all sorts of exciting innovations that make this game hard to put down. Link now has the option of Wall Merging--the ability to go from 3D to 2D and jump into the wall as a living painting. This handy little talent is incredibly useful when dealing with particularly difficult dungeon puzzles, or when you need to slip through the cracks that join Hyrule and Lorule. Need a specific weapon to complete a dungeon? Give Ravio some Rupees and he’s got what you need, but you better use them while you’ve got them--if you’re defeated in a dungeon, you’ll lose them. You can also enable StreetPass, and you can battle other players who show up in your game as Shadow Links (win and you get rewards!) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has also been amped up with pop-up storytelling, rising threats, puzzles with depth, and a whole new kingdom to explore, making it the most exciting Zelda yet.
The 2DS gives consumers the option to buy a system capable of playing 3DS games, without the added cost of 3D technology. If you've been looking for a less costly alternative to the 3DS or 3DS XL, look no further.