@davidwitten22: I don't either. I wasn't ever on any other gaming forums, but here I am. I Never felt that a significant portion of the userbase had been banned elsewhere. A vocal minority, sure, but not the majority.
This is my first Monster Hunter (3DS version), and I'm 9 and a half hours into it and really enjoying it. My entire 3DS library consists of games 8-4 Play convinced me to buy on their podcast. This and Fire Emblem is all I own.
As someone who just picked up the Fire Emblem 3DS bundle, what makes the XL the more popular choice? I always thought the bigger screen with the same resolution would kill it for me, so I opted for the original size, though getting a game bundled in helped. (I don't think they had any other bundles in stock where I bought mine.)