I'm pissed right now. Miyamoto just said that there wasn't going to be a new model. I'm sick of all of these new models of handhelds. I actually strongly dislike the XL versions because the resolution is going to be the same as the regular 3DS, making the pixels giant and creating an extremely blocky screen. The regular 3DS screen is already blocky enough - compare it to an iPhone or even the PlayStation Vita. They both have very high PPI (Pixels Per Inch), resulting in very crisp, sharp, vivid screens. The PPI is very low on the 3DS. It's not horrible, and it is much, much better than the original DS, but it's still low. An XL version with the same display resolution would look atrocious, like the DSi XL.
Second, having an XL model defeats the purpose of having a handheld gaming system. The 3DS is supposed to be, well, a portable system. I can easily fit it in my pocket and take it with me everywhere. My biggest complaint with the PlayStation Vita is that it's a bit large for a portable system, although I can still (barley) fit it in my pocket (I tried with a friend's Vita). The 3DS XL will be massive and non-portable. StreetPass wouldn't really be possible.
I'm actually not too surprised that there isn't a second circle pad, since games that use the Circle Pad Pro are programmed to receive input from the infrared port and it wouldn't be feasible to really incorporate a right circle pad directly into the system, although the games could be patched for the 3DS XL. Playing games that utilize the Circle Pad Pro would not be playable unless there is an XL version of the peripheral.
The only real benefit it seems is the improved battery life, but for a system that gigantic it seems piss-poor. I don't see how the iPad can get such great battery life and have more powerful components than the 3DS. The XL version doesn't really have an excuse since it's using the same hardware as the normal 3DS. It leaves plenty of room for a larger battery. Heck, I even think the original 3DS looks better than the XL version. The design looks a bit bland on the XL model. I like the glossy finishing on the original 3DS.
Nintendo should have just kept their focus on the original 3DS. I am very disappointed. I won't be picking one up.
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