Hi everyone, I'm currently deciding wether to get a 3DS XL or a a New 3DS XL. The price difference where I life (Germany) is pretty steep, and there are also some other pros and cons. I have never before owned a 3DS system, so maybe you could give me some advice? First things first, I don't want to have to fiddle around with the Zelda exploit for GW support on N3DS (and I also don't like to wait much longer), so if I'd get a N3DS I'd also get a (more expensive, limited in functionality) Sky3DS card. I'd prefer the GW over Sky3DS, but I'd also like to have the better 3D of the N3DS system. So, without further ado, these are my options: (Old) 3DS XL plus Gateway Price (3DS XL + GW + Charger + 2xMSD): 120€ + 55€ + 10€ + 2x15€ = 205€ Pros Homebrew, DLC and CIA support via GW Much cheaper complete price (95€ less compared to N3DS XL option!) I can dump my own cartridges for private headers DS support via 2nd GW card Cons Bad 3D effect - heard that it's not even usable in public transportation The above probably leading me to not use the 3D at all The screen is overall worse than that of the New 3DS N3DS only games coming in the future New 3DS XL plus Sky3DS Price (N3DS XL + Sky3DS + Charger + MSD): 200€ + 75€ + 10€ + 15€ = 300€ Pros Much better (= actually usable) 3D effect Better colors, overall better screen Easier handling of the Sky3DS card Cons The Sky3DS Region lock No Homebrew, DLC or CIA support New 3DS plus Sky3DS Price (N3DS + Sky3DS + Charger + MSD): 160€ + 75€ + 10€ + 15€ = 260€ Pros Same as above Changeable faceplates Only 55€ price difference (compared to 3DS XL option) Cons Same as above Smaller screen size than the other two options I know there are other pros and cons besides the ones I listed (processing power, loading times, additional buttons), but these are the ones that are important for me. For me it basically comes down to: Is the better 3D of the N3DS worth the downsides of the Sky3DS card and the steep price difference of 95€? So, what do you think? Addendum (03/16/2015): Screen sizes Check out this excellent reddit thread. In short: Original 3DS is 3.53" / 3.02" New 3DS is 3.88" / 3.33" (approx. 21% bigger than O3DS) 3DS XL (both new & old) is 4.88" / 4.18" (approx. 90% bigger than O3DS / 58% bigger than N3DS) The DS lite (for comparison) is 3.12" / 3.12" (I'm including this because I'm familiar with it) For the size comparison of N3DS vs O3DS I had to do some math of my own. The percentage is for the surface area of the top screen, assuming that it has a form factor of 5:3 same as the old one.