I think the biggest improvements for me with the new 3DS is the face tracking camera for the 3D effect. Given the fact that Brian seems pretty much sold on playing regular DS games for the time being, I don’t think that’s a problem. There is so far only one game that requires the new 3DS, and I doubt it will be all that common for more games released in future to require the added processing power that the New3DS has. Thinking of Xenoblade Chronicles, the analogue nub is a godsend in that game. I’ve yet to try it in Majora’s Mask or Smash Bros, but the positioning of the nub is convenient. Heck, it even feels good, the right sort of resistance where I’m not spinning a camera around horribly, or too slowly, yet sensitive to the direction I push it.
One of the better features though of the New3DS is the positioning of the volume control. Now I no longer accidentally bump up the volume when playing, considering I play wearing a pair of headphones because I don’t really think much of the speakers on the 3DS/New3DS. For anyone who hasn’t played the DS with a decent set of headphones, I recommend trying it.
My only two gripes with the new 3DS is the location of the microSD card, and the wireless toggle. The microSD card is now positioned behind the backplate, so not too convenient to switch out. I simply put in a 32GB card, and that should keep me going for a while anyway. I think the biggest game I’ve downloaded on there is about 2GB in size. The other gripe is the wifi toggle, where I have to go back to the homescreen to turn the wifi on or off. And with those being my only two complaints, I think I can safely say that the New3DS is worth the extra money. But more than anything, I really, really hope Brian is happy with his purchase.
One problem I have is buying the DS/3DS games when they are available, even if I don’t have time to play them because I regret never buying Chrono Trigger for the DS at the time, with the bonus stuff that I never got to see when playing the SNES version. And with DS games being pretty rare these days, it is pretty hard to find a copy. Fingers crossed it makes its way to the Wii U virtual console thing. I wish the DS games were also being put onto the 3DS store. It seems a bit odd to play a game like Megaman Battlenetwork on the Wii U.