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Taking the 3DS XL apart: A look inside Nintendo's handheld console

The insides of the 3DS XL

The Nintendo 3DS XL is a significant upgrade from the DS, offering larger screens, longer battery life and the ability to play games in 3D without the need for special glasses. In a feature posted by The New York Times, the 3DS XL is pulled apart layer by layer and all its components are explained.

The diagram constructed by the Times explains how the handheld console creates its 3D effect, pulls apart the console's main circuit board and shows how all the components come together to create a powerful handheld device.

To view the full diagram with analysis, visit The New York Times.