Nintendo of Canada Announces New Nintendo 3DS XL Designs to Fill You with Glee and/or Envy

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In something of a surprise announcement today, Nintendo of Canada has revealed three new designs for the Nintendo 3DS XL (four if you count the one that’s in two colors) as they go into the holiday season.

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First up is the one-two punch of the Super Smash Bros. Edition Nintendo 3DS XL. In advance and honor of the October 3rd release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, these special edition versions of the Nintendo 3DS XL hardware are going on sale September 19th with a suggested retail price of $199.99 each. You won’t find them just anywhere, though; EB Games has a lock on the red version, whereas the blue can be found at either Future Shop or Best Buy.

Unlike the European version, however, which is scheduled to be released on October 3rd, a copy of the game will not be included in the Canadian/North American release, be it pre-installed or physical.

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Next up is the Persona Q Edition Nintendo 3DS XL, which is presumably coming out on November 25th alongside the game which inspired it, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Per the press release, “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 – and the new style of character art represented on the back.”

This EB Games exclusive will also retail for $199.99, and you guessed it: It doesn’t come with a copy of its game, either.

Last, but certainly not least, is this beauty:

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The instant I saw this one, a flurry of curses rushed through my mind with the knowledge that though I already own a Nintendo 3DS XL, this was the one I wanted to own, yet probably won’t be able to afford. “Oh my god” was how my mouth translated it to those around me.

One other thing instantly rushed into my mind upon seeing this as well:

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Several years ago, Nintendo released a limited edition version of the Game Boy Advance SP that was similarly inspired by the NES. Naturally, it was the one everyone wanted, myself included. Unfortunately, unlike the limited edition platinum GameCube, this one was gone and gone quick, thus eluding me (and probably many others). I had hoped that the Nintendo DS would feature a similar scheme, but no luck there. Who would have imagined we would see it again on the Nintendo 3DS XL– and with a box designed to look like the NES itself, no less?

This thing of beauty goes on sale October 10th for $199.99, and unlike the others, it will be available at retailers everywhere.

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With all of that said, it’s only right to note that Nintendo of Japan recently announced the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. These iterations of the system upgrade the hardware in a number of ways, including an analog nub on the right side of the system (think of the C-stick from the GameCube controller), additional shoulder buttons, a built-in NFC reader for amiibo (versus the external one for the current hardware), Micro SD card support, and a sensor which adjusts the “sweet spot” of the 3D visuals depending on where you look at. In addition, the regular-sized version will feature interchangeable faceplates, similar to those seen on some cell phones.

There is a little more power under the hood as well, though only one game so far has been said to make any use of it in such a way as to be exclusive to the New model: A port of the Wii title, Xenoblade Chronicles, whose protagonist, Shulk, was recently revealed as a character in the new Super Smash Bros. titles.

Scheduled for an October 11th release in Japan, no date has been given for markets outside of the country, save for it being sometime in 2015. Oh, and before you think of importing: Yes, it’s region-locked.

The timing of these announcements and releases is at best questionable, as word of the New Nintendo 3DS has quickly spread over the past week or so. So whether what is being offered in the new model with its unspecified release has more value to you than the aesthetic appeal (and whether upgrading is viable, should the time come) is a call you can only make for yourself.

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