Bummer. Sorry to hear about the bad customer experience. As far as the notification light goes, it doesn't light up when charging. It also only lights up during standby (when it's closed, but still on) if you received a Spotpass (blue) or a Streetpass (green). It only ever blinks red when you are dangerously low on battery, never a solid red. You may be thinking of the three lights on the very bottom right of the system: the left one will be blue and become solid red for low battery, the middle one is orange when charging, and the right one will be yellow when wireless connectivity is on.
As far as the scratches and whatnot go, if they don't mess with your gaming experience, I say don't worry about them.
@rjpelonia:I take it you've never been under an NDA before?
Now that I think about it, I probably have, but what I said isn't too different from all the retweets they do of people praising the test. But just to be on the safe side, let's forget everything I said.
That is really cool. I'd love to see the first level and any future ones but I imagine it's a lot of work.
Thanks! It's a bit of work, but making this one definitely got easier as I kept working on it. The first level shouldn't take as long as this one did and I will definitely make them for any and all future Giant Bomb Makes Mario levels.