Yup! They just confirmed this in the latest Game Informer magazine. I'm not sure which retailers are doing this (I'm guessing GameStop at least?) but yes! DO WANT! I'll be getting this DAY ONE! NO QUESTION!
I mean, the 3DS itself is awesome-looking, but even the box itself looks badass. The whole package is just freakin' EPIC.
@Jargon You no like the OG 3DS? It's great, I love mine, it looks sexy and is pretty comfy, and the screens are really nice. The only thing that sucks is the wobbly hinge but I wonder if that's been improved since the launch run.
Yea, as I've said before, I find the original 3DS very uncomfortable to hold. I would have probably doubled my time playing MK7 otherwise. Also, it's blockiness makes it pretty uncomfortable to have in your pocket. Plus, many of the buttons are pretty unacceptable.
I'm making do fine with the one I have, but I'm praying we'll see another redesign this year.
It's much more comfortable to hold, the d-pad and start/select/home buttons don't blow, and the bigger screens are awesome. The 3D is fine on the XL, too. Maybe slightly inferior, but it still works, and that's a price worth paying for those gorgeous bigger screens. The 3DS XL (and the DSi XL for that matter) are my favorite iterations of their respective hardware lines (so far anyway, who knows what new 3DS could come down the line?).
That's cool, but I can tell you that I don't like the XL because:
1.) Its footprint is too big, IMO. Wouldn't fit in my pockets very well.
2.) Screens are too big. It stretches out the images of 3DS games, making them blurrier and making the pixels and jaggies FAR more noticeable.
3.) The stylus is all plastic now, instead of that cool, retractable metallic one from the original.
4.) No charging cradle. LAME.
5.) No Circle Pad Pro available (yet), if you care about that kind of thing. (I don't, but some do!)
6.) As you mentioned, the "sweet spot" for the autostereoscopic 3D effect is harder to get. And the 3D effect is diminished as well, at least in my experience.
7.) It also costs more, for no real good reason. That's dumb, IMO.
I also don't like the colors available, but I suppose that's purely subjective and likely to be fixed in the future, so meh.
I agree about the 3D effect on the XL. I do have a harder time finding and holding the sweet spot, but that's my only complaint. Everything on my normal 3DS seems so dang small after playing on the big boy. It's a bit of a weird complaint for me, though, because I adore - and still occasionally use - my awesome GBA micro. I love that thing! If I had some money to burn, this FE system would be mine. I daresay it looks even cooler than my Zelda one.
Also, I wear cargo pants, and I can fit anything in my pockets.
@GameDadGrant Eh, most of that is subjective. I have no problem carrying the XL in my pocket, I don't care what material the stylus is made out of (and being retractable was dumb -- who uses it when it's not extended?), and my charging cradles didn't work half the time anyway, so I usually just used the charger (although I admit the charging cradle is nice, when it works).
You're right about the 3D, but it still works well enough for my liking. It also costs more than the original 3DS currently costs, but being that I've already paid the $200, it's not worth complaining about. If it were, I'd complain about the 3DS costing $250 when I bought it at launch. The 3DS XL costs less than I paid for my original 3DS, and the same as I paid for my Zelda 3DS, so it's not really "less" (at least for me), especially if you got in on that Mario Kart bundle for $160 last month.
But I guess when it comes right down to it, I prefer the bigger screens. I mean, you say it looks blurry, but I feel the same way about playing DS games on the 3DS, which some people love. I like the XL's bigger screens, and some people like playing DS games on the XL. I mean, you could argue that GBA games look bad on the GBA SP because the screen is bigger than the Micro. Yes, you can see the pixels better, but I don't think anyone's going to argue that GBA games look BAD on the SP. Diff'rent strokes and all that.
Aside: Interestingly enough, although I love the DSi XL and 3DS XL, the Game Boy Micro is my favorite GBA iteration because the games look so crisp. Weird, right?
Anyway, this is getting way off topic. I wish the Fire Emblem 3DS was an XL, but it isn't. It's still gorgeous if you're in the market for an original 3DS.
In a nutshell, the speakers were compromised when plugging in the big, beautiful screens due to space issues. I can hear my kids' 3DSes better than mine when they're playing across the room from me. If I had my 'druthers, I'd just use earphones (which are better for both all around), but I'm on high alert at all times with an 8 month old crawling around.
Oh yeah, all my complaints about the XL are subjective. I was just stating why *I* don't like it very much. If you (and nearly everyone else, apparently, UGH! LOL) prefer the XL, then so be it. To each his own!
Hmm, that's kind of a bummer, though I usually play my 3DS with my iPod earbuds in, so I suppose that particular oddity of the XL wouldn't apply to me. But I get what you're saying. And yeah, you can't really plug in the earbuds when you've got a baby crawling around, ha ha!
I'm with you Grant, well at least half with you, I love my XL love my little guy as well, he's cooler looking (love the glossy finish with the subtle gradient), fits in my pocket (the XL is a backpacker), the screens look much nicer (smaller but not as grainy, I feel like if they would have designed it for a 5" screen from the beginning it would have been much higher rez), and it's compatible with the charging cradle and CPP.
Ideally for me I'd have the XL for at-home play and the old school 3DS to carry around everywhere, the problem is Nintendo won't let me play the games I paid for on multiple systems! Grrrr....
If it had been an XL it would've been a second system for me. But since it's not I'm going to buy the Fire Emblem 3DS and transfer all my stuff over. Then I'll give my old 3DS to my Dad for his birthday. It's a good excuse to buy something I really don't need.