After an awful experience with the 3DS at launch, I refunded it and decided to ignore Nintendo until they fixed their mistake. Sure, many aspects of the 3DS are unfixable(it's weaker than the average 2010 smartphone for gaming and the screen resolutions are disgustingly low) but I totally would've purchased this revision if it had the second slide pad. I guess I'll wait another year and a half for a PROPER 3DS XL, it's not like my Vita's any worse because of the crappy 3DS XL model.
There will NEVER be a 3DS model with a second circle pad built in. How long will it take for everyone to understand that?
There COULD be a non-crappy 3DS with two slide pads. They had the chance to fix their system with the CCP already available, unlike Sony and their PSP, and they blew it. How long will it take the Nintendo apologists to understand that? They botched their system, with Iwata infamously bragging about how they don't look at competing platforms when designing their systems. They already patched the original 3DS with a second slide pad, now they've announced a 3DS XL without it. No, it's absolutely not an impossibility, yes, they could totally do it if they wanted their platform to matter in three years.I guess it doesn't really matter, my Vita's spectacular and I expect a new Nintendo handheld by 2015- they'll need one to fix the flaws of the 3DS(resolution, weak specs, one slide pad, energy-inefficient internal components that prevent battery life from EVER being on par with the DS or even the Vita) and really compete with the Vita for developer support, since the Vita is actually powerful enough for all the major console gaming engines, provides all the control features you could want out of a handheld and has the easiest devkits to work with compared to any other game platform in the world, as of right now.