My usual policy on consoles is get one during their lifetime, play a whole bunch of second hand games on it and then gather up the remaining for what few exclusives I might give a damn about. A policy that works well for me but I am still just rocking an original DS and PSP (though that has been relegated to podcasts, megadrive bomberman and audiobooks device) and given it is a few years in I should probably start looking at a new device. Thus far I have not bothered with the 3ds (only in the last year or so I have seen one run but never held or played one) as I see no games really worth my time over the DS and from what I have seen of the vita it is a definite pick one up after all is said and done affair. For various reasons I have been lumped with supporting android and IOS devices and as such I have seen a few android games that look good, lots of nice card games, lots of nice ports/remakes of old arcade and C64/atari/dos era games, emulators that work reasonably well and despite it looking like FF5- game maker edition things like that appear to be coming up which was about the last potential remaining thing I might care about that a 3ds could have over it. On top of this the devices are usually not too pricey, games are pretty good and both games and the devices are eminently hackable (on top of them being halfway close to a general computing device). Naturally I would do it properly and find one with proper controls and whatnot but as I am a casual observer in all this at present I may have overlooked something. I have seen a few people around the forums quite insistent they are a different class of device but I am not seeing it or at least not seeing why I can not deem one a games and entertainment device and where that might fall down.