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#1 VetraX

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:34 AM

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Comes out on the 24th of March, a Sunday, in North America. EB Canada already has it on their site.

Could possibly be price matched for $149.99 via Superstore's recent 3DS XL deal, which is YMMV, unfortunately.

More info via this link.

Personally, I think it looks really nice. As far as white 3DS XL's available in North America go, it's far more to my liking than the pink one.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:42 AM

http://club2.nintend...m/3ds-xl-promo/

If you consider picking this up and Luigi Mansion or new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:06 AM

Do people buy multiple handhelds, or do they trade in their old ones, or are these late-launched colours targeted at people who don't have the console yet, or what? I prefer a white 3DS to the one I have, but I would never spend more money on something I already own like that.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 06:07 AM

Do people buy multiple handhelds, or do they trade in their old ones, or are these late-launched colours targeted at people who don't have the console yet, or what? I prefer a white 3DS to the one I have, but I would never spend more money on something I already own like that.


In previous years, when new revisions have come out, EB had offered good trade-in deals. These days, we just ended up selling our old systems (like our two OG 3DS) after we bought at XLs. Probably not going to pick up the Pikachu model though, cute as it is. I've spent enough money on 3DS hardware for a while.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:35 AM

In previous years, when new revisions have come out, EB had offered good trade-in deals. These days, we just ended up selling our old systems (like our two OG 3DS) after we bought at XLs. Probably not going to pick up the Pikachu model though, cute as it is. I've spent enough money on 3DS hardware for a while.


Yeah, upgrading from a 3DS to an XL is one thing, and perfectly understandable, but upgrading from one colour to another is something I don't really get.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:42 PM

I've trade a white DS lite to a black one through eb games because it was cheap to do it. New system cost me $11. I got a new colour, buttons weren't worn out and a new battery.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:06 PM

I still have my launch day Nintendo DS (fat grey one), which was my only DS hardware purchase. Maybe one day I'll get a 3ds XL. Sure won't be this one though, I was into Pokemon once upon a time but a bit too old to display that now.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:01 AM

Too old?

I'm 32 and I just preordered mine in full today.
Can't wait to be rocking that shit.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:05 AM

Too old?

I'm 32 and I just preordered mine in full today.
Can't wait to be rocking that shit.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:28 AM

I still have my launch day Nintendo DS (fat grey one), which was my only DS hardware purchase. Maybe one day I'll get a 3ds XL. Sure won't be this one though, I was into Pokemon once upon a time but a bit too old to display that now.


Oh man, a DS Phat? I couldn't wait to get rid of mine when the Lite came out (I think I've owned every version of the DS though; I have device upgrade fever, apparently). If you ever do upgrade to a 3DS XL the difference in brightness alone will blow your mind :)
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#11 QuagsireQing

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:04 PM

EB is doing pre-orders, but they're limited to one (and in some cases, two) per store. Minimum deposit is $50, and they're offering $10 extra for an old system (plus another $10 with an EDGE Card).

#12 VetraX

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:51 PM

@ Derfel

I've been in the market for a 3DS for a while now. Like some people on here, I've already stocked up on titles over the past two years, with the intention of buying the system at one point or another. I was dead set on getting an XL recently, but I've heard that the upscaling of DS and older 3DS titles isn't the greatest. Could you shed some light on that maybe?

As far as I can tell, that seems to be the only real negative of owning an XL over a regular 3DS, maybe other than not being comfortable with the size.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:47 PM

I buy some of these for one reason, look at the prices of the Zelda 3ds on Amazon. I may be a gamer but some stuff has to go at some point. Might as well get more than your money back.
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#14 Derfel

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:43 PM

@ Derfel

I've been in the market for a 3DS for a while now. Like some people on here, I've already stocked up on titles over the past two years, with the intention of buying the system at one point or another. I was dead set on getting an XL recently, but I've heard that the upscaling of DS and older 3DS titles isn't the greatest. Could you shed some light on that maybe?

As far as I can tell, that seems to be the only real negative of owning an XL over a regular 3DS, maybe other than not being comfortable with the size.


The XL has the same screen resolution(s) as the original 3DS, so there is no upscaling of 3DS games. The pixels are bigger due to the larger screen size, of course, which can contribute to a slightly "chunkier" appearance than on the original 3DS. For me this has never been an issue; I love the increased screen size and have never once thought that any of the games looked worse than on the original 3DS. (I also greatly prefer the DSi XL to smaller DS models, so I may be slightly biased).

As for original DS games, if you play them in the default full-screen mode I imagine that the difference in resolutions could make the upscaled image look awkward, as the numeric values of the DS screen resolution do not scale smoothly into the 3DS resolution. However, if you hold the Start and Select buttons when you start a DS game from the main menu, it will display the game at its correct resolution (which will of course have the side effect of not filling th entire screen). While I very rarely play DS games on the 3DS (I like my DSi XL too much to get rid of it), that is my preferred method of "DS on 3DS" gameplay.

Here is an example of what I'm talking about (showing both versions):

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The only other supposed downside of the XL vs. the original 3DS is that the XL speakers apparently have a lower max volume. This has never been an issue for me or something that I even noticed, but I have read reports that other people have been disappointed by this difference.

One more thing that I really like about the XL compared to the original is that the Start, Select and Home buttons beneath the bottom screen are actually discrete buttons, whereas on the original the buttons are just little panels on a bar below the screen. In my opinion, this is a huge improvement. The XL also has a bit better battery life than the old 3DS and is more comfortable to hold for extended play sessions (for me, anyway).

All in all, I would never go back to the original model after using the XL. I love it. But that's just my opinion. :)
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:55 PM

This edition of the 3DS will be truly limited. Good luck finding one.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:24 PM

If I weren't still banking on the Charizard 3ds XL coming over I'd put my money down for this.
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#17 VetraX

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:40 PM

Thanks Derfel.

This edition of the 3DS will be truly limited. Good luck finding one.


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#18 QuagsireQing

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:45 AM

Evidence?


Look seven posts up. They're already pre-sold out in my city.

#19 VetraX

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:14 AM

Fair enough. Best bet now would be Wal-mart. Maybe Toys 'R' Us and Best Buy/Futureshop?

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 03:48 PM

Chapters is also carrying this. And 4 cents cheapter too :-)

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:11 PM

Chapters is also carrying this. And 4 cents cheapter too :-)

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http://www.chapters....80692-item.html

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:12 PM

Fair enough. Best bet now would be Wal-mart. Maybe Toys 'R' Us and Best Buy/Futureshop?


Make sure you get there before the store opened. From what I have been told by people, the most any of those stores are getting is just a few units.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:56 AM

http://www.futuresho...0d219fbbd12en02

http://www.bestbuy.c...0d0bf361e03en02

I don't know how truly rare this will be, but considering everyone but eb and walmart are taking preorders on it now, I'm gonna be a bit skeptical.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:40 PM

http://www.futuresho...0d219fbbd12en02

http://www.bestbuy.c...0d0bf361e03en02

I don't know how truly rare this will be, but considering everyone but eb and walmart are taking preorders on it now, I'm gonna be a bit skeptical.


EB is doing pre-orders, but they won't pre-order more than they have, so most have already sold out.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

Both BB anfd FS seem to have $30 GC promo, but it's not applied to this edition. I made a preorder with bb and will try it somehow.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:42 PM

emailed BB and they won't give you the $10 discount or the $30 GC on the pikachu model..

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:48 PM

Thank goodness I went to wal mart before it opened! When I got there was some people waiting at the door. When it opened, I followed one to electronics where we waited for 10-15 minutes until someone showed up with a cart. During that time a few others joined the line only to find out they only had two units available. Lucky me as I was the second on line!

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:08 PM

I went an hour after my Wal-mart opened, and they didn't even have them out yet. Went to Best Buy when they opened at 11am, and they had none in stock, apparently. Didn't even show up in their system. Possible they've yet to scan them in at the back merchandising? Anyways, it's only 200 some RZ points I missed out on. Stuck with the one I bought at Wal-mart.

News in the States that Target are running out of stock today. Hot deal they've going too, with the $40 off or something like that. Kinda wish I lived south of the border in these cases, but oh well. I've gotten some good deals on handhelds over the years... was about time I payed full price for one.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:34 PM

I had pre-ordered mine at Chapters but I'n not sure if they received enough stock because my shipment was delayed. I didn't want to take a chance so I checked the Wal-Mart website and it showed stock at a location 10 minutes from me. It was almost 9pm on Sunday. I went there and there actually was one left. i picked it up and went home and cancelled my Chapters order.

The local Superstore always sells the regular 3DS XLs for $149.99....so why did I fork out $50 more for an electric mouse version? Madness.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:07 PM

Toys R US -will- price match TARGET PRE-sale. Because I tried after and the giftcard puts refund price at 159.99, so they could not PM to Targets price so even though I paid $191 if I wanted to return it I would only get 159........

Walmart might Pricematch post-sale since they didnt have a sale...