About two years ago, I sang the praises of the New Nintendo 3DS, and specifically the smaller model rather than the XL. I pretty much said it’s the best handheld ever, with high-quality screens that offer tons of viewing area despite the system’s small form factor. And when Nintendo finally brought the standard model to the U.S. (rather than just the XL), I seized one immediately.
Then Nintendo did something cruel: They put Super NES games on New 3DS Virtual Console. It turns out I like everything about the standard New 3DS except how 2D action games control with its teeny D-pad. So… a year later, I’ve eaten crow and returned to the cumbersome, oversized New 3DS XL.
It’s far too large for its own good, but Super NES games are so great on it. And I figured I should buy the garish new Amazon-exclusive model that comes preloaded with Super Mario World, since after all the point of this is to play games like Super Mario World in comfort. I call this new system… Mode Seven Jr.
Anyway, I guess now I need to figure out what to do with a lovingly used and no-longer-needed standard New 3DS with some cool import-only faceplates.