The New Nintendo 3DS XL launched in North America earlier this year, but the regular sized New 3DS was limited to only Japan by Nintendo. The handheld console maker announced plans Monday to bring the New 3DS to North America with an Animal Crossing bundle during the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas. A Zelda-themed New 3DS XL is also on the way.
The New Nintendo 3DS will launch in the United States with a special Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle. The price is a bit hefty at $219.99, which is more than the New Nintendo 3DS XL at $199.99. However, this bundle includes the handheld, the game, two cover plates, and one amiibo card.
Like its bigger brother, the New 3DS sports face-tracking to improve the 3D experience, two new shoulder buttons, and the C-Stick to give an analog nub to control the camera in games like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. The handheld also boosts more power that makes loading games faster and supports upcoming titles such as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which won’t run on older 3DS systems and the 2DS.
The amiibo card included in the New 3DS bundle is a new product from Nintendo that will launch with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on September 25. Like the amiibo figures, the cards can be tapped on to the New 3DS and be picked up by the handheld’s NFC reader to bring characters and more into a game.
Nintendo is also launching a separate Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory on September 25 for a price of $19.99. This will work with the Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS systems.
The Nintendo 3DS XL is also getting its second Zelda-themed handheld. The custom Majora’s Mask edition was available at launch, and now, the Hyrule Edition is headed exclusively to GameStop stores on October 30. The gold-colored system features the Hylian Crest on the front cover and will cost $199.99.
“More than 15 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 offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months.”
New Wii U controllers were also announced at the GameStop Managers Conference. Bowser and Toad will be available at GameStop on September 11 for $39.99 each. This will be followed by a Yoshi controller on October 16 at the same price.
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