I've also written a review for amazon as i wanted to share my enthusiasm for such a wonderful upgrade to a fabulous handheld game console.
I wanted an XL version of a 3DS model, purely for the added immersion, but when i heard about this new 3DS and XL version back in November, and i'd seen an Australian Youtuber I'm subscribed to review this(Blunty3000), and express his love of the improvements, i knew i had to buy one sooner rather than later, and already loving my original 3DS in Aqua Blue, i decided to buy an import version, from another site, rather than wait for the Launch day here in the UK, as Australia and Europe share the same region for games :) Even our eShop will work on this unit :)
Do i have any gripes or minor quibbles to look at before i get to what i really love about this new 3DS?...Just 2. (Won't lose points)
The use of MicroSD for the storage which is inside the battery compartment like a mobile phone, but you won't need to access it often.
I had to buy a 32GB card - A minor grumble, i also didn't have an adapter for it, so i had to do a wireless system transfer which took about 6-7 hours as i had 16Gb worth of games, and it's a pain when all you want to do is play - A Minor technicality though.
And the C-Stick.....maybe its just me and i'm still getting used to it, it's responsive enough for what I've tried it with, which was quite a few games, it won't replace the Circle pad pro, but again, i only used it for 6 or so games, and before i forget, the ZL and ZR Buttons which are next to the shoulder buttons.
I was astonished to see various other improvements:
I'm aware the CPUs have been upgraded, and from what i've dug up on them, there's 4 CPU Cores running at 268Mhz and 4 Co Processors, Just keep in mind that's not a total(4x 268Mhz = 1Ghz), just more processors to share the load - FASTER!! - and the DS compatibility is still there.
There's also been a RAM upgrade from 2x64Mb to 256Mb, this adds to the performance, kind of like having extra room for games to work in, and "New Nintendo 3DS" games are sure to benefit from this upgrade.
I liked the repositioning of the Start and Select buttons, no longer the squishy Membrane buttons, the power button is on the front edge, and can't be accidentally knocked game play.
The volume slider has been put on the display, which is less awkward than the original 3DS.
There's no wireless switch, but you'd enable that in the brightness menu.
The stylus and Game card slot are also on the front edge making it much easier to access, although you could accidentally eject the game card, which might cause some annoyance, especially if it's in sleep mode, and in a bag and not in use.
I did also prefer the D-pad and buttons with their Matte finish, and clicky feel, instead of the slightly squidgy feel of the original 3DS.
Battery life i think is a little longer than the original XL, but i'm not sure about the exact details, although there's the inclusion of an auto brightness option in the brightness menu which adapts to your environment's light level, which helps prolong battery life a little bit more.
Finally....My Favourite, the Display and the 3D Effect,
(I miss the little 3D Light on the original 3DS being absent on this model, personal preference)
Compared to my Aqua Blue 3DS, I noticed the colours were noticeably deeper, which helps with the immersion.
Although it has the larger screen, the resolutions are the same, and some might think it looks a bit stretched, though it's not as bad as it sounds.
The 3D Effect on the upper display with help from the infrared head tracking next to the camera, effectively widens the 3D Effect field, although at worst, it'll briefly adjust quite rapidly and you'll only see a slight blur when it does. I really liked how the screens lock to 3 positions and click when in position.
Once again, it's not a huge evolution in the 3DS, but everything I've mentioned makes it a worthwhile buy for those who want a new 3DS, i didn't mention the not having Face plates or the Charger because i'd like to think whoever reads my review is intelligent enough to have looked this up already if they're interested in buying one.