Despite the larger amount of power those screens must demand, the 3DS XL somehow manages to have better battery life than the original 3DS. It took me over five hours of system updates, eShop browsing, demo downloading, netflix watching, and offline, online, 2D, 3D, cartridge, and virtual console gaming to run the battery down from a full charge.

The same activities would generally have drained my original 3DS's batteries in three to four hours, and anecdotally speaking, putting the 3DS XL into sleep mode all day (even with the wireless Street Pass capabilities switched on) seemed less taxing on the battery as well.