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.
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.
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.
The black-colored Nintendo 3DS XL has been available in Europe for a while, but not in North America.
It 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.
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).
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.
So, that awesome Pikachu 3DS XL I posted about yesterday- you know, the one headed to North America on the 24th, alongside Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity- well, Target just revealed it will be selling the new model for $160, slashing 20% off the MSRP.
Here’s the ad:
Hope this helps any shoppers out there with their future purchasing decisions.
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.
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.
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.