Paying full price means playing right away, but it usually takes a year or two for a console to debut in a new shade or be re-imagined as a slimmer, cheaper version of the original hardware. Extra colors and limited additions are always neat to look at, but other than the Ice Blue Nintendo 64 I bought to play The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, I've mostly passed by limited runs of consoles. Why bother if I already own one, right?
That's the logical stance anyway, but sometimes a company prints your favorite character on a system and then, well ... you buy one. I have a perfectly fine launch 3DS, but I'm not going to lie - the XL's bigger screens and extra hand room feel like great upgrades. I see myself using the original for travel, while I keep the Yoshi XL safe and sound at home.
There are a ton of special edition consoles out there though, and I'd put money on our readers having some awesome, out-of-the-ordinary gaming machines. Were you smart enough to pick up a Pikachu XL before the prices evolved into straight nonsense, or are you still plugging away at your Pikachu-themed Nintendo 64? Maybe a console modification has won you over, or you've made your own? Tell (and show, if possible!) us about them once you check out this week's Japanese hardware sales after the break!