@egg: Seems like a lot of your personal opinions you're trying to push off as rules of the game. A system should have a symmetrical two stick layout... why, because you prefer it that way? There are controllers out there that do not and are perfectly acceptable and very comfortable. Sticks symmetrical along the same axis is not necessary at all. Have had a 3DS, a the 3DS XL and have held a friends new 3DS and it really isn't as painful as you're making use out to be. In fact, there's no pain at all. Personal preference I guess. Although, I still think you're trolling if you're hailing the design of the 2DS.
If you want to debate specs, no one is arguing that the PSP and Vita were more powerful. That doesn't make them more fun to play, or automatically make the software on it better. I think that's pretty evident.