So I got myself a red New Nintendo 3DS XL today. Yes, it's a mouthful, but it was also a mouthful of drool because it is way better
. The 2DS is a decent device if you desperately want 3DS games, and don't care for 3D, and want a device that ends up feeling like a DS Lite without a hinge to easily break. But, its not as portable as other 3DS/DS models because it doesn't fold (no pants pocket for you!), and the shoulder buttons are quite awkward due to how you hold it, making games that use them a lot (*coughOcarinaOfTimecough*) a little tricker to play. Plus I got huge hands. In other words, it felt like it was designed for 8-year olds. Because it was
designed for 8-year olds.
But this New 3DS XL, holy smokes.
"Huge jump" is an understatement. The screens are eye-catching, the device itself feels beautiful and well-made, and the 3D effects (now that I can use them) are quite good, especially with the new face tracking stuff they added. Though I'm not quite sure Super Smash Bros. was meant to be played in 3D mode: the effects would work better in a relatively slower game like, for instance, the Zelda ports (no, I did not get Majora's Mask yet. I'm playing Ocarina of Time first).
If you already have a 3DS XL, it's your call on whether you want to upgrade or not (the screens are the same size, but I did read that the build quality on the original XL wasn't that great in comparison) unless you're really wanting to play Xenoblade Chronicles on it. Thanks to the magic of system transfer (the Pikmin progress bar was perfect
. Nintendo sure does know how to make mundane system tasks exciting), my friend code/stuff is the same: it's 3196-5274-6831, in case you didn't get it the first time. (I got Pokemon Y and Super Smash Bros. 3DS too. Might get ORAS next at some point)
Meanwhile, in the new groups department, I'd suggest you take a look at
. It's a gijinka group, but not the type that you expected.