The Nintendo 3DS XL was released in July 2012, about a year after the original 3DS, and 10.66 million units have been sold worldwide as of September 30, 2013. The 3DS XL 90% larger screens than the original 3DS, longer battery life, and a greater overall size. Besides some other slight differences, the Nintendo 3DS XL and 3DS are fairly the same. It has backwards compatability with 3DS games, SpotPass, StreetPass, and can take 3D images. Additionally, the Nintendo 3DS XL comes with a 4GB SD card for storage, and the larger screens make it much easier to see games in 3D, as you have to align the screens a certain way with your eyes for the full experience. However, the 3DS XL has the same resolution as the original, meaning that it'll be slightly less clear, but most people don't notice the different. Overall, the Nintendo 3DS XL would be my personal choice out of the three consoles of Nintendo's current generation of handhelds. For $199.99, you will have a better experience with the 3D games than you would with the original 3DS due to the larger screens, and the other cosmetic changes make the 3DS XL much more appealing. However, if you are on a budget, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying the original Nintendo 3DS or 2DS instead.