Nintendo Announces Three New 3DS XL Special Editions

Nintendo announced three new special editions of the Nintendo 3DS yesterday.

Nintendo announced the three special-edition Nintendo 3DS XL systems during the GameStop EXPO in Anaheim, California. The new systems include a red or blue Super Smash Bros. edition, a special NES edition as well as a Persona Q Edition, which is being released in conjunction with Atlus’ new game Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.

“More than 12 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “These new models give shoppers even more choices during the holiday shopping season. Based on past experience, these special editions likely won’t stay on shelves for very long.”

The red and blue Super Smash Bros. editions will go on sale at retailers nationwide on September 19th. The cover of the new hardware features a dozen of the game’s characters, including Mario, Link, Samus and Little Mac. The systems will be priced at $199.99. The only bad news is that the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game doesn’t come preinstalled and is sold separately. The game goes on sale on October 3rd.

The second special Nintendo 3DS XL is the NES Edition, which will be a GameStop exclusive and goes on sale October 10th for $199.99. The hardware is modeled after Nintendo’s iconic NES controller and the box looks like an NES system.

The final special Nintendo 3DS XL is the Persona Q Edition, in honor of the November 25th launch of the ATLUS role-playing game Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. This one too will be a GameStop exclusive. 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. It will be available for $199.99 as well, but the Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth game is sold separately.

“We expect these new special-edition designs to be in high demand,” said Michael Turner, director of merchandising at GameStop. “Nintendo 3DS is a great kid-friendly gaming device with excellent games, and we are pleased to share that these new designs are available for pre-order starting today.”

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