New Nintendo 3DS Gets Mario Makeover (Updated)

And a Black Friday price drop, too!

Update: I mistakenly posted that it was the New Nintendo 3DS XL which received the price drop, but it’s actually the regular New Nintendo 3DS which will receive the drop and new deco. Adjustments to the article have been made accordingly.

Nintendo of Canada has announced today that on Black Friday, for the first time ever, the New Nintendo 3DS will be available for a suggested retail price of $139.99. The November 25th price drop will also be accompanied by a one-two punch of lovely new designs featuring a varied cast of characters from the Mushroom Kingdom — including the brothers Mario, of course.

On your left below, you can see the design as applied to the white version, while the left shows what box to look for with a peek of the black version.

“Nintendo has some of the best gifts for the holiday season,” explained Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, in a press release. “Whether you’re looking for games for the whole family, or a cool new system at a great value, Nintendo has you covered.”

Though the Nintendo Switch is still several months away, it’s difficult at this point to say what — if any — aspects of the New Nintendo 3DS will be made redundant by the new machine. So whether you want to wait and see how that development pans out, or you just want what will undoubtedly be the lower-cost alternative, this is a good opportunity to check out the New Nintendo 3DS if you haven’t already.

You can check out my review of the XL version of the device here, but it probably goes without saying that if you’re in the market for something in the Nintendo 3DS family, this is the one to get (unless you’d prefer a larger size, of course). In addition to a built-in NFC scanner for amiibo figures, the “New” model is also the only one that can play some games, such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Super Nintendo Entertainment System Virtual Console titles, or just plays them better (Hyrule Warriors Legends).

Nintendo is also pushing a selection of games this holiday, ranging from the new and upcoming releases of Mario Party Star Rush, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls (all available now), Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (available November 18th), Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (available December 2nd), and classics such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf (which just received a big update), Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, or The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. With 2017 on the horizon, there will still be more to come in the form of a new Pikmin game, Ever Oasis, and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.

Even on the chance that the Nintendo Switch does supplant the Nintendo 3DS as the portable of choice sometime next year, it’s hard to argue against the handheld’s legacy as being something worth owning.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)



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David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you're interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)