I wish to own a 3DS but I will wait until they finally decide to add the second stick. I don't even mind the fact the accessory required is more money. My issue is that I don't want something that takes batteries other than the handheld's own. Until that analog stick becomes native I will pass on the 3DS.
If given the choice, I'd rather take the original 3DS. Isn't portability the whole point of a portable game system? The only advantage the XL has are the larger screens, and that in itself packs a whole list of disadvantages for me. Bulkier, heavier, lower pixel density, and otherwise exactly the same performance and features for a higher price.
" Isn't portability the whole point of a portable game system?"
Not for me, for me it's the possibility to play games whilst the wife is watching TV + let's me take my games to bed with me.
"The only advantage the XL has are the larger screens"
...and more comfortable to hold and matte (non smudge) finish and longer battery life and it plays DS and DSi games better and better positioning of the stylus and better positioning of the wifi indicator and better hinge (you can now open the screen to 3 different angles, not just open or shut) and bigger supplied SD card and better 3D effect.
Just because it doesn't fit inside peoples' skinny jeans doesn't make it not portable. Current owner of a DS XL, I will definitely be getting this newer version. Current games will look that much better with a bigger screen.