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New 3DS XL Gets Pikachu Yellow Model In February

by Brian Shea on Jan 24, 2017 at 03:23 AM

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With Pokémon coming off of its biggest year since the first wave of Pokémania hit in the late '90s, Nintendo is looking to capitalize with a New 3DS XL model that features the series' iconic mascot. The Pikachu Yellow New 3DS XL features a full-body image of the mouse Pokémon on the front of the system.

Since the special edition handheld is a New 3DS XL model, it includes improved head-tracking for 3D, an added C-stick nub, and better battery life. However, in keeping with previous New 3DS models, it does not include a charging cable – a somewhat ironic fact given the electric nature of the monster featured on the system.

The Pikachu Yellow New 3DS XL hits stores on February 24, just one week before Nintendo's new system, Switch, launches worldwide.

 

Our Take
The Pokémon brand is still surging in popularity thanks to the Pokémon Go phenomenon last summer and the record-breaking sales of Pokémon Sun and Moon. New 3DS systems have been hard to come by since the holiday season, so hopefully this signals the next wave of units to be released into the wild. Here's hoping Nintendo actually makes enough for those who want to buy it can do so without hassle.