The Nintendo 3DS XL (Nintendo 3DS LL in Japan) was released on July 28, 2012 in Japan (¥18,900) and Europe (€199.99/£179.99) and was released on August 19, 2012 in North America (US$199.99), and on August 23, 2012 in Australia and New Zealand (A$249.95). In both Japan and North America, it was released on the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2. The colors available at launch are:
- Blue + Black (Europe, Australia, North America, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan)
- Red + Black (Worldwide-except Hong Kong and Taiwan)
- Silver + Black (Europe, Australia, Japan and South Korea)
- White (Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and Europe)
Blue/BlackOne of the colors of the system available at launch in Europe, Australia, North America, Brazil, Hong Kong and Taiwan. After that, release in Japan.
Red/BlackOne of the colors of the system available at launch worldwide-except Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Silver/GrayOne of the colors of the system available at launch in Europe, Australia, Japan and South Korea.
WhiteOne of the colors of the system available at launch in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe
BlackReleased on November 1, 2012 in Japan. The color will also be available as part of a limited edition Monster Hunter pack. The black Nintendo 3DS XL launched in North America on August 11th 2013, the same day as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
Pink/WhiteNintendo Japan revealed a new color for the 3DS XL: Pink and White. The announcement was made during a Nintendo Direct conference. It's available on September 27, 2012 for ¥18,900. On November 1, 2012, North American retailer Gilt announced a pink and white 3DS XL bundle which could be purchased with either Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask or Style Savvy: Trendsetters. Within a few weeks, the Pink/White version was available at major U.S. retailers such as Best Buy and Target for a limited time during Black Friday 2012.
On April 18 2013, the same day the new Tomodachi Collection arrived, a mint and white 3DS XL was made available for ¥18,900.
PinkThe all-pink Nintendo 3DS XL was made available in the U.K. starting on May 31 2013 and didn't come with anything bundled along with it.
Orange X BlackNintendo has just revealed a pair of 3DS XL Limited Packs for Japan. Orange X Black and Turquoise X Black. Each is priced at 19,900 yen. The two systems will launch in Japan on November 28 2013.
Turquoise X BlackNintendo has just revealed a pair of 3DS XL Limited Packs for Japan. Orange X Black and Turquoise X Black. Each is priced at 19,900 yen. The two systems will launch in Japan on November 28 2013.
For special events, a 3DS with a different color or design may be released to celebrate it. Such special edition systems include:
Culdcept-Themed: A Culdcept tournament was hosted in Japan on November 3, 2012. The winner received the special limited edition system.
Animal Crossing-Themed: A white console with various different colored dots and fruits on it. Released in Japan on November 11, 2012, in North America on June 9, 2013 and in Europe on June 14, 2013.
Super Mario Bros. 2 Pack-Themed: A black and red console with little images from the game on the cover such as stars and the game’s iconic question mark boxes. Released only in Japan on November 15th, 2012.
Charizard-Themed: The Charizard edition of the Nintendo 3DS XL was only available at Pokémon Centers throughout Japan. Winners of a lottery that ran from November 3 to November 26, 2012 could purchase the console on December 15, 2012 for ¥18,900. Members of the "Pokémon Daisuki Club" had the opportunity to buy it once again on February 9, 2013.
Super Robot Taisen UX-Themed: Released only in Japan on March, 14 2013 this bundle includes a special edition of the handheld with a "simple but neat design": one side has a world map and the other side has a space map.
Pikachu-Themed: This yellow Nintendo 3DS XL, which features Pikachu on the cover, was only available as a pre-order at the Japanese Pokémon Centers starting on August 15, 2012 at a cost of ¥18,900 and would only be released on September 15 of that year. Reports indicate it sold out in less than a day, with some fans reporting waiting in line for over four hours. It was released in North America on March 24th 2013.
Fire Emblem: Awakening-Themed: Exclusive to the European market, this bundle was released on April 12, 2013.
Tomodachi Collection-Themed: Announced for the Japanese market on March 12, 2013 during Nintendo Direct. Released on April 18, 2013 priced at 22,800 yen.
Shin Megami Tensei IV-Themed: Announced during Nintendo 3DS Direct on February 2nd, 2013 for Japan only. Released in May 23, 2013.
Eevee-Themed: This console is to be released via a special lottery to celebrate the Pokémon Center's 15th birthday. This 3DS LL is based upon the Pokémon Eevee and features a striped pattern. The lottery begins on May 15th 2013 and is expected to end on June 3, 2013. The winners will be able to purchase this special version for ¥18,880 on June 22, 2013.
The Year of Luigi-Themed: Announced on April 17, 2013 during Nintendo Direct. The Luigi 3DS XL is expected to be released on July 18, 2013 in Japan and includes a pre-installed copy of Mario and Luigi: Dream Team on its SD card. The previously Japan-only Luigi 3DS XL model is coming to Europe on November 1st 2013.
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life-Themed: Announced on March 7, 2013 this special edition 3DS XL bundle will be available in July 11, 2013 for ¥24,380.
Felyne White-Themed: Capcom and Nintendo will be releasing two Monster Hunter 4-themed Nintendo 3DS XL systems in Japan alongside the game on September 14, 2013
Goa Magara Black-Themed: Capcom and Nintendo will be releasing two Monster Hunter 4-themed Nintendo 3DS XL systems in Japan alongside the game on September 14, 2013.
Pokemon X and Y-Xerneas and Yveltal Blue-Themed: On June 30, 2013 a new trailer for the upcoming Pokémon X & Y games on the 3DS revealed that there will be a Limited Edition 3DS LL released in Japan to celebrate the launch of the titles. Set to go on sale October 12th 2013 for 22,800 yen.
Pokemon X and Y-Xerneas and Yveltal Red-Themed: Announced during September's Pokemon Direct. Coming to North America and Europe on 27th September 2013. No game is included.
Pokemon X and Y-Premium Gold-Themed: Limited Edition version set to go on sale October 12th 2013 for 22,800 yen. Only being sold in the Japanese Pokémon Centers.
One Piece: Unlimited World: Red-Chopper Pink-Themed: The units come in Luffy Red and Chopper Pink flavors. Both pack a downloadable version of One Piece Unlimited World: Red, and will retail for ¥25,980 ($270). This bundles go on sale November 21 2013.
One Piece: Unlimited World: Red-Luffy Red-Themed: The units come in Luffy Red and Chopper Pink flavors. Both pack a downloadable version of One Piece Unlimited World: Red, and will retail for ¥25,980 ($270). This bundles go on sale November 21 2013.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds-Themed: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL is also being released alongside the game on November 22, 2013 in Europe and November 23 in Australia.
Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key-Themed: limited edition 3DS XL will be release on February 6, 2014 for 24,390 yen ($243) in Japan only alongside with the game.
iQueThe iQue 3DS XL hit China in December 2012, It launched in a silver design with a Mario and Luigi crest saying “we are twins”, a limited edition red design with the same crest in gold, and a mental red and white Mario design that’s white on the inside. All three versions also have Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 both included.
PrototypeIn the Iwata Asks about the Nintendo 3DS XL, a transparent prototype model of the Nintendo 3DS XL was shown.
- ↑ "Culdcept, Pink 3DS XL systems shown on Nintendo Direct", Destructoid, 08.29.2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Animal Crossing And New Super Mario Bros. 2 Themed Nintendo 3DS XLs Revealed", My Nintendo News, 10.03.2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Animal Crossing 3DS XL coming to North America and Europe", Joystiq, 04.17.2013
- ↑ "Charizard 3DS XL lights up Japanese Pokemon Centers", Joystiq, 10.26.2012
- ↑ "Charizard 3DS XL Will Be Available To Pokémon Daisuki Club Members", Nintendo Life, 01.28.2013
- ↑ "Here's A Special Edition 3DS XL And First Trailer For Super Robot Taisen UX", Nintendo Life, 12.13.2012
- ↑ "Yellow Pikachu 3DS LL Gracing Gamers of Japan", Inside Gaming Daily, 08.18.2012
- ↑ "Gotta Catch ‘em All: Pikachu 3DS XL to Appear in North America on March 24th", Geekosystem, 03.14.2013
- ↑ "European Exclusive Fire Emblem 3DS XL Bundle Coming", My Nintendo News, 02.14.2013
- ↑ "Tomodachi Collection 3DS XL bundle releasing in April", Nintendo Insider, 03.12.2013
- ↑ "Shin Megami Tensei IV Special Edition 3DS XL Coming To Japan", Nintendo Life, 02.20.2013
- ↑ "Eevee-themed Pokemon 3DS XL coming to Japan June 22", Polygon, 05.15.2013
- ↑ "Luigi 3DS XL Model Dated and Priced for Japan", Nintendo Life, 05.31.2013
- ↑ "Namco Bandai announces Disney Magic Castle for 3DS", Gematsu, 07.03.2013
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 "A Closer Look At The Monster Hunter 4 Limited Edition 3DS XL Systems", Siliconera, 06.03.2013
- ↑ "Limited Edition Pokémon X & Y 3DS LL To Release In Japan", Nintendo Life, 06.30.2013
- ↑ "Limited Edition Pokémon X and Y 3DS Images Revealed", GenGame, 07.03.2013
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 "Japan Gets Slick "One Piece Unlimited World: Red" 3DS XL Bundles", Crunchyroll, 08.08.2013
- ↑ "iQue 3DS XL Models Announced For China", Nintendo Nerds, 31.10.2012