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[QUOTE]3DS vs 3DSXL/LL I'm adding this to the discussion because it's an issue for me. I own both a 3DS and an XL and I prefer the normal 3DS because it displays at its native resolution. Most people would tell you that the XL looks "even better" (somehow) and that there is no loss in graphic fidelity. I am extremely sensitive about this issue and while I don't expect anyone else to be, I wish that someone with my level of sensitivity had told me this all the same. In terms of construction, I feel that there are ups and downs to both systems and while I don't by any means recommend against an XL (which most people prefer), you still might want to take a look at both of them. Normal 3DS systems are cheaper, too. [/QUOTE] I've just recently had my first opportunity to handle a 3DSXL and I agree with Polly here: the plain old 3DS has quite a bit going for it compared to the XL. I'll just add a few more notes of my own: the XL screen is not very flattering to to DS games played on it, the button and control placement on the XL isn't as comfortable to me (but may be different for everyone), the clamshell of the 3DS is nicer for keeping the system closed, the plastic seems nicer on the 3DS, and so on. However, the XL apparently has better battery life (this is my sole complaint about my vanilla 3DS). From what I've seen (and what I recall from used stores in Japan even), the vanilla 3DS can be found for extremely low prices compared to the newer XL. In terms of regional issues, the region lock only applies to 3DS games, not DS games, which is nice if you have DS games from all over the place like me. I've got a US 3DS myself, but that's mostly because my Japanese is extremely shaky and so far there have been only a tiny number of games I'd prefer to have in Japanese. Maese, you'd probably be happy with a Japan region 3DS since your fluency in Japanese is excellent. A few other things: [b]Liberation Maiden[/b]: this can be found in the US store on its own and bundled as part of Guild01 in Japan. An excellent Suda51 developed shooter. [b]Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon[/b]: I've had a soft spot for this game for a while now. It's pretty inventive, is fun if you like exploring, uses (like Chaz says) the 3D very well, and is all around pretty fun. Much bigger than the GameCube game and has a lot of interesting takes on the basic game mechanics from back then. [b]Kid Icarus: Uprising[/b]: The only real thing that kept me from recommending this one is its control scheme, which is flat-out awful, unless you print for the circle pad pro (apparently, I don't own one). It was enough to cramp up my hand and I haven't played it since. It's an inventive, good looking game otherwise. It's funny-- I've gone from not really caring about the 3DS a year or so ago to playing it almost every day, thanks to such awesome games as Fire Emblem and SM3D Land. I'm glad to see there's so much love for it here at the Cafe!
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