Nintendo 3DS XL gets Super Smash Bros., NES, Persona Q special editions

Even with the new and improved “New Nintendo 3DS XL” coming next year, Nintendo still wants you to buy more of the current iterations of their hardware. So in comes a trio of special edition Nintendo 3DS XL hardware which includes designs based on Super Smash Bros., the NES and Persona Q.

Each of the special editions will retail for $199.99, and no, they don’t include a game.  The Super Smash Bros. 3DS XLs are scheduled for September 19th, the neat looking NES design will be a GameStop exclusive and launch on October 15th, and the Persona Q edition, also a GameStop exclusive, will hit on November 25th.

Read on for the announcement.

Nintendo?s 3D portable video game system will be getting three cool new looks for the holiday season. Nintendo announced the three special-edition Nintendo 3DS XL systems during the GameStop EXPO in Anaheim, California. The new systems are sure to be scooped up by collectors and anyone who was waiting for an excuse to buy a hand-held Nintendo system.

Systems announced today include:

  • Super Smash Bros. Edition Nintendo 3DS XL: Red and blue systems go on sale at retailers nationwide on Sept. 19 in honor of the Oct. 3 launch of the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game. 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 available at a suggested retail price of $199.99 each. (The Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game is sold separately.)
  • NES Edition Nintendo 3DS XL: This cool-looking GameStop exclusive goes on sale Oct. 10 at a suggested retail price of $199.99. The hardware is modeled after Nintendo?s iconic NES controller and the box looks like an NES system.
  • Persona Q Edition Nintendo 3DS XL: In honor of the Nov. 25 launch of the ATLUS role-playing game Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, GameStop will be the exclusive retailer for the Persona Q Edition of the Nintendo 3DS hardware. 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 at a suggested retail price of $199.99. (The Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth game is sold separately.)

?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.?

?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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