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Nintendo Reveals Another New 3DS For Stateside Release

by Matt Miller on Aug 31, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Nintendo has taken advantage of the GameStop Manager’s Conference in Las Vegas to pull back the curtain on another model for the 3DS, which is making its way stateside on September 25. The smaller form factor of the officially titled New Nintendo 3DS originally saw a release overseas, but the September release represents the first time U.S. consumers can pick up the system at home.

Like the recent New Nintendo 3DS XL that released in February, this upcoming release includes the same eye-tracking technology, as well as the NFC-reading that enables Amiibo detection. The major difference is a smaller size, as well as additional options for customization through the swapping of face plates.

At launch on September 25, buyers can grab a bundle for $220 that includes the new system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, two cover plates, and an Amiibo card.

Alternately, if you care to wait an extra month or so, you can snag the Hyrule Edition, which is planned for an exclusive launch through GameStop for $199.99. [Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer]. That version is themed with a gold color and a Hylian Crest on the front to connect up to The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, which will be sold separately.


Our Take
Nintendo continues to expand and capitalize on its successful 3DS business, even as work on its home console, the Wii U, begins to wind down. The smaller-scale New 3DS will be an ideal fit for many players' hands, but I hope Nintendo isn’t pushing its luck by having so many versions of the 3DS out there – the potential for consumer confusion is growing.