On the XL you do kinda have to be careful with those plastic tabs. I'd imagine the regular sized one is a little easier to deal with since they're at least designed to be swapped out.
On Kid Icarus, there's no way in hell the New 3DS's C-stick would be precise enough to handle it. It's not a slider like the Circle Pad is, more like a pressure-sensitive nipple.
Having an XL is nice since the bigger touch screen is a little easier to work with, and playing original DS or GB/C games in their original resolution doesn't hurt your eyes. But the standard New 3DS screens are slightly bigger than original, so that might have helped, and I'd have really liked those faceplates had Nintendo bothered to release the standard size at the same time as the XL.
Has there been any other games besides Smash and Hyrule Warriors that has capitalized on the increased power of the New 3DS? I haven't heard of anything exciting about it in a long time. Seems like a wasted update in hind sight?
More than you'd think, just not a lot that got any real fanfare.http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1177455
I mean, we all knew it was basically 3DSi going in, except the basic model had a shop already, so......yeah. If Smash Bros. not handling like crap didn't convince you to update, nothing else likely will. It's not by any means mandatory, but it is handy for the stable 3D and built-in Amiibo scanner. I got the New XL when it first came out because I actually did need a replacement for my launch 3DS; Circle Pad cover was coming off and the A button would occasionally lose contact (made playing Mario Kart 7 real annoying).