First Impressions of the New 3DS XL and Majora's Mask

With face-tracking 3D, Amiibo support, and added controls, the new 3DS XL is definitely worth the price.

Many GameStop stores across the US just recently received 3DS XL systems to put on display, allowing gamers to try the device out before deciding if they're going to pre-order it. With only one week until the release of the new 3DS XL, here are some new specs that I found to be intriguing about the system and Majora's Mask

Face-Tracking 3D

The new 3DS features face-tracking 3D, which uses the inner camera. By using the inner camera, an improved 3D gaming experience will be provided from a wider range of viewing angles, compared to what the previous Nintendo 3DS had to offer. From personal experience, I can say that the face-tracking 3D is pretty great, although any smudges that are on the screen will distort the 3D effects. Just like the previous 3DS, playing with the 3D turned on for a while can easily mess with your vision. 

New Controls

The added c-stick and the ZL and ZR buttons give players more options than ever. The c-stick is used solely to receive better camera angles while playing the game, but players are only required to put a small amount of pressure on the c-stick to get it to activate. The c-stick is a smaller control stick, and it barely moves at all, but the durability of the c-stick is unknown at this time. It's a nice feature to add, but due to the design, it seems that it can easily wear out over time if too much pressure is applied. 

Built-In Amiibo Support

The new 3DS XL is offering built-in Amiibo support, which is great for those who have a large collection on their Wii-U and would like to use them on their 3DS. This will only work for Amiibo-compatible games, which include Super Smash Bros, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, and Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. By using Amiibo character, players will gain access to bonus items and content.

Majora's Mask

Majora's Mask was the only game available to demo, allowing players to experience 3 different levels of the game. The controls were easy to use, and the 3D graphics looked outstanding. The graphics were higher-quality than the previous 3DS, and the game ran very smooth. The added c-stick was very helpful in viewing different angles, and it made the game easier to play. Unfortunately, the demo was very short, but it gave gamers a quick glimpse at what they can expect from Majora’s Mask, and it definitely seems worth the price. 


My name is Ciara Guibault, and I am a gamer, a guitarist, and a church-going fool. I stay busy with two jobs, full-time college classes, an internship, and playing for my church band. i enjoy nearly every type of game (with the exception of sports games), but my two favorite genres are action/adventure games and first-person shooters.

Published Feb. 8th 2015

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