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Pokemon X Y 3DS XL Bundles

Pokemon X & Y – 3DS XL Bundles Confirmed for North America

During today’s Pokemon Direct presentation, Nintendo confirmed the special edition Pokemon X & Y Nintendo 3DS XL bundles that we’ve all been expecting/waiting for – you can see the red and blue models above.

Unlike many of the special edition bundles, these Pokemon X & Y 3DS XL packages don’t seem to come pre-loaded with a copy of the game on the console. This makes perfect sense, however – these special-edition handhelds will hit retailers on September 27, a few weeks before the launch of X & Y.

Rumor – Pokemon X & Y 3DS XL Bundles Coming to North America?

Pokemon X Y - Walmart Leak

There could be special edition Nintendo 3DS XL bundles based on Pokemon X & Y headed to North America, similar to the ones confirmed for launch day in Japan.

You can see the potential “evidence” in the Target inventory scan above.

Thoughts? Looks like my October just got a bit more expensive…and I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to upgrade to a 3DS XL.


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Nintendo Now Selling Refurbished 3DS XL

Nintendo has opened up a product page on its official website for a Refurbished Nintendo 3DS XL, available for $169.99 (for a limited time) in black and blue colors.

Those are somewhat ironic color choices, considering the refurbished handhelds “may have minor cosmetic blemishes”, though Nintendo promises they are “guaranteed to be fully functional.”

(You know, black and blue…like bruises. Har har…sorry, it’s Monday, and very early.)

They are guaranteed for a year, in fact – the refurbished systems come with the standard one-year warranty. Not too shabby, considering the re-packaged 3DS XL costs the same as the standard 3DS model, comes with a charger and stylus, and a 4GB SD card.

I’m not sure how “limited” the time really is, but the standard refurbished price on Nintendo’s site appears to be $179.99 – not too much more, but still a nice sale.

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Nintendo Bringing Black 3DS XL to North America

The black-colored Nintendo 3DS XL has been available in Europe for a while, but not in North America.

3DS XL - Black 2It appears that Nintendo could be changing this soon; though there has been no official announcement at this time, a new commercial for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team shows off the black-colored 3DS XL. You can see a screenshot from the commercial to the right.

The last time there was a special 3DS XL shown off during an advertisement, it was the special Pikachu model that was released for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - and it was confirmed shortly after.

It’s nice to see the plain-colored 3DS models coming to North America, but how about a higher quantity of the special-edition ones? I would have loved to score a Pikachu 3DS XL, before they started selling for almost $400 on eBay.


Eevee 3DS

Eevee-Themed 3DS XL Available in Japan via Lottery

Just a quick blurb; if you haven’t already seen it, there is yet another slick-looking, Pokemon-themed 3DS XL model available for a limited time in Japan. This one (seen above) is based on the Pokemon Eevee, which evolves into over half a dozen different forms in the various Pokemon titles.

This 3DS XL has a pretty wacky availability, just like the Charizard-themed 3DS XL that was released a few months ago. Basically, those hoping to reserve their Eevee 3DS XL will need to register via lottery, and winners will be chosen when the promotion ends on June 3. The system itself costs almost 19,000 yen ($185).

(via Siliconera)


Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL Bundle Confirmed

I’m not terribly excited about Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which happens to be one of the bigger 3DS releases of the summer – but I still enjoy the look of this new 3DS XL bundle, confirmed by today’s Nintendo Direct video.

The 3DS XL comes with New Leaf pre-installed on the system, and costs roughly $210. Thoughts? Nintendo is really pushing the digital versions of games; this is a pretty good deal if you’re into Animal Crossing, but I still like some of the other 3DS models more than this one.


Pikachu 3DS XL Confirmed for North America

I have always regretted picking up the boring aqua blue 3DS; had I waited a little longer, I could have scored a slick Zelda-themed black 3DS or one of the fiery red models.

After today’s confirmation of the Pikachu 3DS XL coming to North America in March, I’m even more bummed every time I look at my little blue one.


The Pikachu 3DS XL arrives just in time for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – March 23. The MSRP is $199.99 – standard for the XL- so if you are planning to make the dive or upgrade, you might want to wait a little longer.

Just look at it, you can’t deny how adorable Pikachu looks on there.

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Nintendo 3DS: 9 Million…and Counting (In Japan)

Another quick post; according to Media Create the Nintendo 3DS has now sold over 9,000,000 units in Japan alone.

That’s right – nine million 3DS and 3DS XL handhelds have been sold in the country, going back to its release on February 26, 2011.

The 3DS hasn’t had much competition in Japan lately – after all, it has basically out-sold almost everything else for the past few months, and has the library (but current and upcoming) to support even more growth.

Will the 3DS surpass the original DS in sales? Only time will tell. We’ll keep you updated on the progress, that’s for sure.

3DS Outsells Gamecube

The 3DS Has Now Out-Sold the Gamecube

Just a quick post; Nintendo tweeted this weekend that the Nintendo 3DS (likely including the 3DS XL) has officially out-sold the Gamecube, which originally launched in 2001, and more or less held the “third place” position in the last console generation.

I don’t mean to discredit the Little Lunchbox That Could; there were some really great Gamecube games - Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Metroid Prime, Zelda: Wind Waker, Super Mario Sunshine, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Resident Evil 4, Viewtiful Joe…I could probably list over a dozen more fantastic games, but the truth is that the Gamecube just didn’t sell as well as most Nintendo consoles.

In fact, the 3DS is still approaching the N64′s lifetime sales – roughly 2/3, at the moment – and is only half of the way toward the SNES’s total lifetime sales. Of course, this is still amazingly impressive, considering the 3DS hasn’t even been on shelves for two years.

Obviously Nintendo’s goal is to surpass the original DS – which would be quite a feat, considering it is the highest-selling portable console of all-time.

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Nintendo Reveals New 3DS XL Bundle, Includes Mario Kart 7

If you don’t currently own a Nintendo 3DS or plan to make an upgrade in the near future, take a look at this new bundle (shown above), revealed this week by Nintendo.

This slick new blue-colored 3DS XL bundle ships to retailers December 7, and includes a copy of Mario Kart 7pre-loaded onto the console – no hard copy necessary; perfect for younger kids who might lose their cartridges.

The best part is that it costs $199.99 – the standard MSRP for the 3DS XL, meaning that all the Mario Kart action technically comes free of any charge (the game itself is still $40, $35 pre-owned).

Not bad at all, Nintendo – I find it interesting that they’ve decided to stop including hard copies of games with their new bundles; definitely a hint that the company is very serious about its strategy for digital distribution.

3DS XL - Charizard2

Blurb – Just a Few Tricks & Treats

First of all…

Happy Halloween!

If you didn’t already notice, I’ve taken the liberty of spending most of my morning/afternoon updating the site – not only did I freshen up the Release Dates page, I also added some banner images to make the Reviews page look a little nicer.

I already published a few quick stories related to Bravely Default and an upcoming action game being developed for the 3DS by Treasure (Ikaruga, Guardian Heroes). I put up the “Looking Ahead” article for November 2012, and finally I published two reviews - Liberation Maiden and Code of Princess. Be sure to check those out.

Now, to the point of this quick little blurb: I have a few little pieces of information that I’ve stumbled upon this afternoon, but can’t be bothered to publish in unique posts:

No Paid DLC in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Satoru Iwata confirmed today that Animal Crossing: New Leaf will not contain “paid DLC”, stating that this would “…[create] a game in which you enjoy yourself more by the power of money,” which would “not be suitable.” Makes sense; Animal Crossing has never been about giving you power with money, only taking away every last trace of the in-game currency that you’ve worked so hard to earn.

Digital Version of Paper Mario: Sticker Star is Massive

If you were planning to download the digital version of Paper Mario: Sticker Star, make sure you’ve got plenty of space on your SD card: the eShop download requires rougly 522 MB, or 4,199 “blocks” of memory. Until Nintendo drops the price of the full download on eShop, I feel more than satisfied with a hard copy.

Check Out This Japan-Only Charizard 3DS XL

Since day one, I have had a problem with the “aqua blue” 3DS that I decided to purchase. I still kick myself every day for not picking up the black one, or waiting for the red one.

Anyway, if I lived in Japan, I’d be kicking even harder right now: check out this absolutely, ridiculously awesome special edition Charizard 3DS XL.

Apparently, getting your hands on one will be difficult enough: you have to win a lottery just to get the chance to buy one. Absurd. For now I’ll leave you with these images to drool over.

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Nintendo “Encouraged” by 3DS Sales – Finally Selling Above Hardware Costs

I normally try to avoid making posts about sales numbers, but I figured that a quick blurb about this relatively optimistic issue wouldn’t hurt.

As of today, Nintendo is finally selling new 3DS units above the cost of manufacturing them. In other words, it is finally making a profit on any sale of its latest handheld. This is particularly good news, considering that the company has reported the 3DS has now sold more than 19 million units worldwide, dating back to its Japanese launch in February 2011.

Nintendo normally avoids the financial hits from new hardware by balancing its cost of production with the price of hardware, but the 3DS’s big price cut last summer meant that there would need to be some profits lost in order to push out more units. This is indeed what happened, and now we see that the 3DS appears to be in much better shape.

In fact, although Nintendo has posted yet another quarterly loss, it says it is “encouraged” by the sales generated by the 3DS. In addition to all the hardware sold, there have been 52.81 million software units moved in the same time frame. Three 3DS games have sold over a million copies each – Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, and Mario Kart 7.

The launch of the new re-design (the 3DS XL) on August 19 will only bring more sales, both hardware and software – I wouldn’t be surprised if the regular 3DS model goes on sale at major retailers pretty quickly, definitely by the holiday shopping season gets started.

What do you think? The current number of original DS units sold worldwide is staggering – over 152 million – and at this rate it could be possible to see the 3DS have the same kind of success.

Looking Ahead - August 2012

Looking Ahead @ August 2012 – NSMB2, 3DS XL Launch in North America

Editor’s Note: Just before the start of each month, I will “look ahead” at the upcoming games that are slated for release; then, taking into account the general level of anticipation and the “buzz” within the media, I will select a handful of titles (two to four) that could be worth checking out when launch day finally comes around. Every month, this column will pinpoint the “cream of the crop”, so to speak – just keep your eyes peeled for the games mentioned here!

After dropping both Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy and Heroes of Ruin earlier this month, Square-Enix will finish up its triage of new 3DS releases with Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance on July 31. The month of July has been pretty exciting, though the reception for Heroes of Ruin was disappointing, and drove me away from picking up the game as I had originally planned. On the other hand, Theatrhythm was an amazing surprise – I’ll share more about my thoughts on the Final Fantasy spin-off in my full review.

Heading into August, there are some equally-exciting points of interest, but not nearly as many games to look forward to. That being said, it’s not much of a problem when the only game happens to be a brand-new installment of the Super Mario Bros. series. New Super Mario Bros. 2 is slated for an August 19 release, and should be more than enough to satisfy the “core” fans as well as the casual players looking for something new after finishing up Super Mario 3D Land.

…and then there’s the 3DS XL; the brand new re-design will be available in North America on the same day as NSMB 2. Though it seems obvious that the target audience is slightly different than the original 3DS, the thought of “upgrading” has to be in the back of any current 3DS owner’s mind. With all of that in mind, here are more details about the big releases for August 2012:

  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (August 19)

    What is it? This upcoming Mario title is basically a sequel to New Super Mario Bros. (NDS) and its console follow-up, NSMB Wii. Though it isn’t quite as focused on its multiplayer component as its Wii predecessor, NSMB 2 takes a unique approach with its traditional side-scrolling action and its familiar Super Mario Bros. mechanics. More than ever before, the game is based around collecting coins – in fact, one of its biggest new features is the “Coin Rush” mode. With this option, players can utilize the 3DS StreetPass function and enjoy an intriguing twist on the tried-and-true platforming.

    Why should you care? Aside from the fact that most of the Super Mario Bros. titles are pretty damn good, New Super Mario Bros. 2 looks to be one of the better installments for multiplayer purposes. Players can enjoy the single-player levels in a co-op mode, with the second player controlling Luigi instead of Mario. The Coin Rush mode is based on finishing three levels on a single life, collecting as many coins and reaching the finish as quickly as possible. To make things interesting, high scores in Coin Rush can be transferred wirelessly utilizing the StreetPass function; I am excited to see how this pans out over time. Finally, NSMB 2 is Nintendo’s very first simultaneous retail/digital release; on August 19, consumers can pick up either a hard copy from their local retailer, or download a digital version through the Nintendo eShop. The price ($39.99) is the same for both versions, but digital customers do have the incentive of receiving double Club Nintendo coins (100, rather than 50 – not bad) just for downloading their copy.

    Why should you wait? Unless you aren’t interested in playing another Mario title, there isn’t much of a reason to put off the purchase of New Super Mario Bros. 2. As is the case with almost every first-party title, the price will likely stay cemented at $39.99 for quite some time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few review scores dip lower than usual, but overall, I anticipate the same acclaim for NSMB 2 as most of the Mario games that came before it.

  • Nintendo 3DS XL (August 19)

    What is it? The Nintendo 3DS XL is a “re-design” of the original 3DS model; it features screens that are 90% larger, a longer battery life, improved Start/Select/Home buttons, and more. The 3DS XL will cost $199.99, and arrives in North America the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2 (August 19).

    Why should you care? Well, if you look at the image above, you can see that the 3DS XL literally dwarfs the original 3DS. If you are interested in experiencing the very biggest, brightest, and best display with the 3D screen, the XL version is actually not incredibly expensive – just $20 more than the original version. The longer battery life solves one of the 3DS’s biggest hardware-based problems, and the thinner, rounded design of the 3DS XL is undeniably sexy when compared to the rigid 3DS.

    Why should you wait? I can really only speak for myself; if you don’t own a Nintendo 3DS, the 3DS XL is an option that should be highly considered, even it if means waiting a few more weeks. I think it sounds like a great deal, but personally, many of my favorite parts of the 3DS have been based around its easy portability: Play Coins, StreetPass, easy WiFi access, etc. The fact that the XL is so much larger just means that it is going to be harder to carry around safely, which was already one of my biggest concerns when I originally purchased my 3DS last summer. Now that I am comfortable with the idea of carrying my 3DS everywhere, I have maximized the chances of connecting to other players and enjoying all the content available on the system. I have no intentions of limiting that potential with a larger version of the 3DS – when the time comes around and I think it makes sense to upgrade, I won’t hesitate.

Other August releases:

    eShop/Virtual Console – Sonic Blast (TBA)
    eShop/Virtual Console – Sonic Labyrinth (TBA)
    eShop – 3D Solitaire (8/2)
    eShop – Touch Battle Tank 3D (8/9)
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Nintendo Reveals “3DS XL” Redesign, Confirms August Launch

It’s finally happened: the long-rumored redesign of the Nintendo 3DS has been revealed. In a surprise announcement earlier this week, Nintendo confirmed that the “3DS XL” – a much larger version of its latest handheld – will be coming to all regions on August 19, 2012.

(Just in time for New Super Mario Bros. 2 – slick move, Nintendo.)

What does this redesign entail? Well, for starters, how about a 90% larger viewing area and an extended battery life? More specifically, the 3DS XL will stay running for 6-10 hours. The touch screen has been increased to 4.18 inches, while the top (3D) screen measures at 4.88 inches. These figures compare very nicely to the original 3DS’s bottom (3.02) and top (3.53) screens.

The overall design of the 3DS XL is much more “rounded” than the original. The redesign comes with a new stylus, and the Start/Select/Home buttons are actually buttons, rather than…well, whatever you call them on the original 3DS.

Moving on, the 3DS XL will come pre-packaged with a 4GB SD card – not shabby, right? Too bad anyone in Europe and Japan will actually need to come prepared; in an effort to recycle existing cables, Nintendo is forcing consumers in these regions to use an old charger or purchase the cable separately. Fortunately, these shenanigans won’t happen in North America, where 3DS XL owners will find brand-new chargers when they open the box, as has always been the case.

Another strange side of this 3DS XL announcement – there are different color variants in each region. Japan gets white, red/black, and silver/black. Europeans can pick up a blue, red, or silver 3DS XL. Meanwhile, North American consumers are limited to the red and blue choices – pretty boring, really. All of these are the “exterior” colors, of course – the inside of every 3DS XL is said to be the same shade of black.

Finally, the system will retail for $200 in North America, while the price in Europe is still a topic of debate – I’ve even read that retailers will ultimately determine its MSRP when it launches.

What do you think? The first question on everyone’s mind seems to be, “Where is the second Circle Pad?!” I will discuss more of my own opinions by the end of the weekend in the form of an editorial.

(via NintendoWorldReport.com)