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Japan Gets Three New 3DS XL Models

Posted on October 3, 2012 AT 01:17pm

If you’re jealous of all of the fancy color options and special editions offered for game hardware in Japan, you may be even more jealous to see the three new 3DS XLs the country will be getting.

Announced during a Japanese Nintendo Direct event last night, those lucky 3DS fans in Japan will have three new XL options to choose from: an all-black version, a special-edition Animal Crossing model, and a special-edition New Super Mario Bros. 2 model (all shown below).

The new black will hit Japan on November 1st, where it’ll both be sold on its own as well as bundled with Monster Hunter Tri 3G. The Animal Crossing 3DS XL then comes out one week later on November 8th (bundled with that new 3DS Animal Crossing), while the New Super Mario Bros. 2-bundled 3DS XL is yet another week later on November 15th.

So, what do I think about the potential for these coming out here in North America? I’d say black is a sure-fire lock at this point, and I’m also pretty confident that NSMB2 XL will also make its way here (maybe as a special Black Friday / holiday bundle like Nintendo did with the limited edition Legend of Zelda 3DS last year). That Animal Crossing version is tougher to call—part of me says no, but I also wouldn’t completely rule it out. Holding one’s breath for it would probably not be advisable, however.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got started via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as can realistically be crammed in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk Eric on Twitter: @Eric_EGM. Meet the rest of the crew.

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