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Great system, but watch the pricing from 3rd party sellers ~
on December 15, 2012
Purchased 3ds XL Mario Kart Limited Edition version on Target.com for $199.99. Yep. With Mario Kart 7 pre-installed. Target also retails the 3ds XL for $199.99 normally (no games), and the other bundles for around $239.99.
Adding to the positive reviews for this system. I recently upgraded from my DSi XL, but will be keeping the DSi. Here's why: the backwards compatibility works fine. But the screens on this system have a tendency to distort the image. So the game looks like you're watching a video online, then blowing it up to a larger size than and getting the grain. It is okay, but playing side by side, it is VERY noticeable. So I will be playing only 3ds titles on the 3ds since the resolution is wonky.
The 3ds has a sliding 3d scale which can be toggled at any time. This was and is the most important feature to me. If I am getting eye strain, or if I'm playing a game and just don't need the 3d depth, I can lessen it or shut it off. Perfect!
Turning the system off is a bit different than the DS. You have to quit the game, then go to the menu, then hit okay to turn off system. No more of just holding the power button. Still, the games go into sleep mode if you just close the lid.
Battery life is good, but it takes a lot longer to charge than the DS did. Probably twice as long (judging by charging time on each when the low battery indicator comes on).
The volume is still on the side... yes you will still probably hit it with your hand when using the L trigger. Headphone jack still at the bottom (not a huge deal, but I like to lay down and rest the bottom of the system on my torso... can't with headphones in. The direction pad is lower, and in an odd place. Just a note for those not a fan of the analog circle pad.
In summary: It's not perfect, but it's pretty great. The titles being released are amazing. I went for the 3ds due to price and selection of quality games over the PS Vita.
Note: 3ds is ready to play out of the box (unlike PSP and PS Vita which require Sony memory sticks). The 3ds uses an SD card and comes with one already. And it has a charger, the same as the DS, so that's nice if you have DS charger already.
Also, the 3DS XL fits perfectly in my DSi XL pouch: Official Nintendo Travel Case for DSi and DSi XL - Wine. The blue is nice and it has a metallic look and is fingerprint resistant. Graphics are pretty amazing for most games, and though it has less impressive hardware than a Vita, I can't complain about the entire package. A great hand held system, even for someone like me who is not big into 3D.