I am looking at buying a 3DS XL and living in China I have a number of options, with using a Gaeway (or similar) card being my motivation (excuse) for buying a new toy. I currently own a black launch console (which is currently back in the UK) and that has an old firmware on, so would be hackable when I get it back over here, I have the ambassador thing on that one and a have 3 cartridge based games as well as a few downloads off the eshop. I also won a mario special edition, which I think I'll leave boxed for now so I am looking at buying a new console so I can play some of the new games. My options are: A 4.5 US console, which comes in black/blue or black/red A 4.5 Japanese console, white or a few other colours A 4.5 ique Chinese console, in one of their very cool looking mario themed designs. I believe there is a Honk Kong version too, although my translation aint so good. I really like the white Jap one, and the Chinese special editions are cool too, but I worry that while I may be able to spoof a USA or UK firmware on them with the GW, if the GW for any reason becomes ususable, I dont want to be stuck with a console which cant access an English eshop. My main question is, is the eshop fully reliable under emunand? Under emunand, can I play original (cart) games without too much hassle, as I would still like the option of buying originals? Should I take the safe option and get a US console in dullard colours, or go for a sexy Japanese or Chinese console and risk being lumbered later down the line?