I dunno, it shorts out randomly a lot so it is "broken" but I might try getting it fixed. The only reason I didn't try right away is Nintendo couldn't guarantee they wouldn't lose all of my data. Once I transfer the data to a New 3DS though, it might be worth it.
I was thinking of trading it in but my wife reminded me that I have a Nikko battery pack installed and the original battery is back in Connecticut. So not sure they would take it. Now I don't really know what to do or if I should upgrade yet at all.
Trading it in, for sure. I think GameStop gives you $100-something for an XL. If the 3D effect on the New is as solid as people say, I never, ever want to struggle to keep the correct viewing angle again.
I know it doesn't count because it is staying in the family, but I am giving my 3DS XL to my wife with a few of the eShop games she likes such as Plant's VS Zombies. She'll mostly use it as a Netflix box for the bedroom but this keeps her from wanting to use my system while I am playing.
I voted 'unsure', because there's a glaring physical defect to my system, but nothing internally/hardware/software incorrect with it. As others may know, my control pad sheared off from playing Smash Bros. All I have left is a tiny nub to move around, which is ok, but not comfortable. If I ever do get a NEW 3DS, I may attempt to fix the pad myself by buying the part and watching youtube videos and whatnot. What could it hurt?