I've been with the original 3ds since it first released, reluctant to upgrade because screen size wasn't so important to me. Decided to FINALLY make the upgrade to a new 3ds xl in the system's twilight hour, as I've been wanting to experience the new Smash Bros and had a gift card given to me for Christmas. When I saw this nostalgic snes edition released, I finally pulled the trigger. Glad I did.
First off: the screen. Many of these reviewers had me seriously doubting my purchase after I started reading into the whole IPS vs TN screen. Upon receiving it, I have to say I don't know what all the fuss is about. Maybe it's because I'm coming from an original 3ds, but I'm really nothing but pleased with the picture quality. It looks like a significant improvement.
Secondly, this system is gorgeous. The pictures really don't do it justice. It's a LOT better looking in person, and the satin finish does not attract fingerprints as much. As an older gamer who loved the snes, I was torn between this system and the black one. As soon as I opened the box I immediately felt like I'd made the right choice.
As this is my first experience with the new 3ds xl, I have to compliment the build quality. It's hefty enough to feel substantial, but not overly heavy. The hinge feels solid and snaps into multiple positions with a satisfying click. The face-tracking and stable 3d feature is an incredible addition! The cartridge slot and stylus location on the bottom is a refreshing and much needed change.
So maybe I'm an old man. So maybe I don't care as much as I should about TN vs IPS mumbo-jumbo. All I know is I had an original 3ds for years, and this upgrade has left me tickled pink. I can't wait to throw my money into the eShop and go rummaging for old DS classics.