Another reason for me to get the New 3DS is that there’s a crack in the hinge of my XL that causes the right part of it (where the Spotpass/Streetpass light is) to come loose. I superglued it in place, but it really doesn’t seem like it’s gonna hold. And to have it repaired is $125. Which, if we’re talking about that kind of money, I might as well spend the extra money to just get the new, upgraded version.
Come to think of it, the reason I gave my old 3DS away and got an XL in the first place is that it too had a problem that was too costly to be worth fixing (the 3D was stuck permanently on). I kind of already wanted an XL because it’d be better suited to my hands, and my old 3DS having a problem that would be almost the price of a new XL to fix was the perfect excuse to get one.
Nintendo is clearly secretly making sure I get systems that will break right around the time a new model comes out because they know I’ll just give in and upgrade.