In a world filled with jet black consoles, Nintendo is trying to bring back the old tradition of releasing consoles in variety of different looks. Even though their Wii U can only be bought in either white or black, they have gone bonkers with their handheld console for the 3DS. Now, they just announced 3 new special editions for the 3DS XL, due to release this holiday season.
These three new special-edition 3DS XL’s were announced at the GameStop EXPO at Anaheim, California. The new looks include a Super Smash Bros. Edition Nintendo 3DS XL, NES Edition Nintendo 3DS XL and a Persona Q Edition Nintendo 3DS XL. The first one will launch on September 19, in honor of the October 3rd launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS for $199.99. The game won’t be included with the system, however.
The second one, the NES edition, is a GameStop exclusive. It goes on sale on October 10th for $199.99 and it is made to look like a NES controller from the front. Even the box is designed to look like a NES. No word on how it look on the inside as of yet.
The final one is in honour of the November 25th launch of Persona Q : Shadow of the Labyrinth, and will be a GameStop exclusive. It will be sold for $199.99. The game will not be included with the system. According to Nintendo, “The design evokes the essence of Persona Q with the iconic Grimoire styling on the front—the tome used by the attendants of the Velvet Room and containing information on the many Personas—along with the new character designs on the back”. Persona Q is the first Persona game for the Nintendo 3DS system. It’s gameplay is in the style of Etrian Odyssey, where teams of five navigate the dungeon in a first-person view.
According to Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice-President of Sales & Marketing, “More than 12 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone […] these new models give shoppers even more choices during the holiday shopping season. Based on past experience, these special editions likely won’t stay on shelves for very long.” Michael Turner, Director of Merchandising at GameStop also confirmed that these three systems will be available to pre-order starting today.
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