On Sunday I picked up my new blue 3DS XL—a wonderful birthday present from KC (thanks love!). I wanted to go home immediately, plug it in and transfer everything from my other 3DS and play, but alas I had plans that day and had to content myself by stroking the box and muttering “my precious” as we hurtled down the freeway.
It wasn’t until about seven that evening that I finally got to unbox it and go about doing the system transfer. That was painless and pikmin-filled. The instructions don’t mention that you’ll be stuck with your old 3DS SD card, which unless you used a different one is only 1GB as opposed to the 4GB card that the XL came with. Thanks to this article I found out how to copy everything onto the 4GB card and the whole process went over without a hitch. I was expecting something much more akin to the cursing and praying that goes into a Microsoft System install.
I didn’t preorder New Super Mario Bros. 2 which released the same day, because I really wanted to try the downloadable version. My poor closet is overrun with DS/3DS cases. (I am a hoarder, but at least it’s not old newspapers. Yes, I still have my original gameboy and all my games.) If I can download a full game without having to worry about losing it or storing it, I’ll give it a try. (Plus, the gamestop preorder bonus looked very meh.) The download kind of took forever. Make sure you plug the 3DS in while downloading. The game cost the same as retail (I think they should knock 5 bucks off the price, personally), and took up about 2700 blocks. Which is a lot. After transferring everything over and installing NSMB2 I have a little over 10,000 blocks left. Which is also a lot, but that means I can’t go on a willy nilly game downloading spree without an SD card or two in reserve (and I don’t know how the 3DS handles multiple SD cards).
I’ll admit when the DSiXL came out I didn’t want one. I thought they were for old people with failing eyesight, and they looked absolutely enormous. And when the 3DS XL game out I still kinda thought that and I still kinda do. It is heavy. Although it doesn’t really feel that bad. It is bulky—no more stuffing it in a little evening bag when I have to dress up. And I am really annoyed that they neglected to put a second analog stick on it but aren’t going to release a circle pad pro for it. (Which is why I won’t be getting a Japanese XL. How would I play Monster Hunter 3G without the circle pad pro?! I don’t even want to think about the agony.)
Despite these failings, the screen is absolutely gorgeous. And that’s what I wanted it for. I wanted to see how the games looked on the bigger screen. I’m kind of sad that I don’t have a JP one because most of the time I can barely read the kanji on the regular DS/3DS. And I don’t think it’s cause I’m getting old…