ZeldaPrime wrote:What games look/run/function better or worse on XL?
The extra screen size is a benefit overall, and could make some games requiring precise stylus work a bit easier, though you might have to move your hands further to reach on-screen buttons in games that primarily use the physical controls, and the system's significantly greater weight could make games that require holding the unit with one hand more tiring. There is one big disadvantage to the display, in that in addition to the pixels being larger, the gaps between them are as well. This means images don't look as sharp or clean, even if you hold the unit farther away. This may not bother you, but if you're a stickler for image quality like me, it could be an annoyance.
ZeldaPrime wrote:My 3ds is in rough shape, and I hate glossy finishes, I prefer matte finishes.
The interior is indeed matte, which you've said you prefer, but keep in mind the outer surface still picks up fingerprint oils quite badly. I was surprised at this.
ZeldaPrime wrote:Are the buttons and circle pad on XL better/worse?
The face buttons have a softer, shallower click and feel a bit spongier, the D-pad is a bit more comfortable due to a slight increase in its size and slight decrease in the sharpness of its corners, and the circle pad is very similar, but due to its slightly smaller diameter and slightly more pronounced lip, it might grip your thumb a bit better.
ZeldaPrime wrote:Is a $160 price tag enough to warrant the upgrade?
Well, I surely wouldn't pay $160 more just to upgrade. I resold my original model (which I kept in near-mint condition) and only had to add about $20 more. If you're going to keep your 3DS, I don't know that it would be worth it, unless you just like to collect systems.
ZeldaPrime wrote:And lastly, what color of the XL is better?
That's entirely subjective. Both are nice shades of their respective colors. I picked blue, could have just as easily gone for red.