So I was eyeing the possibility of getting a New3DS XL, for screen size and extra power (although there's not many games using that yet). I have a Zelda OOT 3Ds that I don't want to get rid of. So I was planning on keeping the New 3DS on OFW as much as possible, and then using the Zelda 3DS for a flash cart or custom firmware. I haven't researched this yet, since it seems a bit confusing on the various brands of cards, and don't know what CFW offers. I've owned flash carts for GBA and NDS for the same reasons : I buy the games I really want, but sometimes I just want to try them, or not sure they are worth the price point sometimes. And fan-made patches (translations often) can't be played any other way either usually. A few games never got a US release either (Hotel Dusk sequel for example), so I got the chance to play it thanks to my Flashcarts. So wondering what is the current state of things in the nutshell, just looking at pointers : Is there downgrading for the firmware, custom firmware better than flash carts, or which flashcart seems to be the best? What firmware should I be if I wanted to do any of these? Obviously I'd stop making updates for my unit, and I'm aware that online play would probably not work, neither are DLC. That's why I'd keep an updated New3DS on hand.