So I decided to upgrade to the New 3DS so I kinda want to write up an impression on what I think about it and comparing it to my old 3DS.
First is when comparing it to my original 3DS, and like wow is it a big difference! A complaint I had with the original is the glossy finish all over the system that I didn't like and having leaving finger prints on it. Now the New 3DS still does have a gloss finish on the outside of the handheld but at least the inside where the screens and buttons are have a matte texture that feels really nice, its almost like the DS Lite but I guess newer?
Now speaking of screens and buttons, I did not like them on the original. The screen was smaller than the PSP screen and when I was playing Kingdom Hearts 3D it kinda bothered me and the buttons to me were really tiring to press after awhile when playing a beat em up like Senran Kagura. Thankfully now since this this is the XL version the screen and buttons are I feel about the same as my PS Vita's which is good. Also the Start and Select are moved to below the ABYX much like the DS Lite only a little bit bigger and easier to press. There is also 2 more shoulder buttons added to the handheld which I guess will be used for future games coming.
As for its performance the New 3DS definitely is improved compared to the original and its noticeable such as loading times for games or opening apps like the Eshop are faster, so opening games like Smash Bros where you had to restart the system when you exit out of it is effortless now. The download speed is also an improvement, I downloaded a patch for Pokemon X and it surprisingly download really fast and also from videos I saw downloading demos it's faster too. Also cause it's more powerful we will be getting games just for the system like Xenoblade so I'm kinda looking forward to that, also has better battery life.
The 3D is also improved, from what I understand they added another camera that tracks the players face so you can view the 3D in better angles but definitely not all. I does make games with gyro controls like Star Fox where your moving around a lot better to view in 3D.
Now as for the new C-Stick that they added, it's not really what I initially thought it was gonna be. Its basically this really stiff rubber nub that you can't really move around at all, you basically put pressure in a direction you want and it for the most part does works. Playing Kingdom Hearts 3D with it as my camera is nice but I feel like I'm fighting with the C-Stick and pushing hard on it in order to move the camera the way I want it. Also being a Smash player I don't find using the C-Stick for my aerials to be very good cause sometimes I get the wrong move so I just find it better to do the move normally without it, for smashes though they seem fine to use. Maybe with time and practice I can get use to it but for now I don't really like how the new C-Stick is.
Overall I really do like the New 3DS, if you don't own a 3DS this is definitely the one you wanna get. Just be warned that it does not come with a charger, the system already does come with a 4 GB micro SD card with it though but if you want more memory your gonna have to buy a bigger micro SD, also don't forget about the games too so it'll really add to your cost for the handheld.
If you already own a 3DS, I guess it really depends with you. For me I was kinda bother by some things with my old 3DS that the New 3DS does corrects that while isn't necessary, does help a lot. Also the added features too are a nice touch so I kinda felt like I had my monies worth. The only thing I'm picky about the New 3DS is that the outside of it is still glossy and the C-Stick being this stiff nub that you kinda have to push hard on, also the cost for me which was like $257 here in Canada cause our dollar kinda sucks right now....
With that in mind, I recommend it.