The new packaging is OK, it's just you standard flip open plastic packaging. The plastic itself isn't bad quality, there's no sharp edges or anything. The card that coms inside the packaging is just a reproduction of the orignal box, and yep it still declares that it comes with a free USB writer even though it doesn't. The cart itself is still the same quality as the version in the box that I have. The plastic still feels a little cheep and it still sticks in the DS cart slot, although this one is nowhere near as bad as the other one I have it still snags going in and out (oo-er). Unlike my other DSTT though the MicroSD card doesn't sit flush in the slot, it sticks out by maybe a millimeter or so and the spring feels less responsive. My other DSTT has quite a satisfying and snug feeling when it clicks in, this one feels like it could give out quite easily. I know what you're all waiting to know though, does it have a gold dot? Nope, the cart is gold dot and J2 free.