Pikachu 3DS XL Limited Edition Hits Japan – Makes me WANT!
Now’s your chance to pick up this limited edition 3DS but only in Wallmart, Gamestop,Target or Toys R Us.
Interestingly March 24th is also the new Mystery Dungeon release date in North America so you could pick up both the game and a Pikachu 3DS XL on the same day. The first actual 3DS Pokemon games (Pokemon X and Y) are due to be released later this year so we’ll just have to make do with this until then.
Pikachu 3DS XL – The Super Cute Console Companion
The first limited edition 3DS XL (the 3DS XL is known as 3DS LL in Japan) console will feature Pokemon’s lovably cute Pikachu! This super cute console companion leaps from the upper screen at you just crying out for a hug. Check out the Pikachu 3DS XL below.
See more pictures and read more about it after the jump.
How the Pikachu 3DS XL looks – Pokemon 3DS
The outside of the Pikachu 3DS XL console is colored Pikachu Yellow with the inside being a rich cream-white.
Pikachu spans both the top and bottom of the device with a pose featuring the cute little guy spreading his arms (I’m sure it’s for a hug XD) and his tail jumping the white trim shoulder buttons and ending up on the bottom of the 3DS. Strangely the have chosen to keep then entire shoulder area of the console white and it breaks the graphic, I have no idea why they didn’t just make it yellow and continue the graphic on it then on the bottom.
- Yellow Outside
- White Inside
- Pikachu Graphic
Availability of the new 3DS XL Pikachu console
Sadly for you and me it’s only available from the Pokemon Centers in Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, Tohoku or Sapporo to be exact) as a preorder between August 25th and September 14th, available to pick-up on the 15th of September. It’s priced at 18,900 Yen ($239), standard price for a 3DS XL.
The Pikachu 3DS XL going to be very difficult to import but expect to see them going for a nice profit on places like ebay and other online auction sites. If your lucky enough to get one of these outside of Japan for the retail price then please let me know.
No word yet on the amount available or an international release but I’ll update if any news surfaces.
Other Limited Edition 3DS consoles – Special 3DS
Since the 3DS was released last year there have been a few special edition models. The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time 3DS had a limited edition 3DS sold in a limited edition black & gold colour scheme from November 25th last year. Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3G White 3DS was based upon the Ice White 3DS but sported a red Monster Hunter Graphic on the top screen. The latest limited edition 3DS was the blue Fire Emblem special 3DS sold alongside Fire Emblem Awakening in Japan back in April.
Zelda Special 3DS
Fire Emblem Limited Edition 3DS
Monster Hunter 3G White 3DS
If you are like me, with an original Aqua Blue or Cosmos Black 3DS, and feel left out and wanna get something for your original 3DS to match the new Pikachu 3DS XL look here’s a pikachu skin for it that I found on Amazon.
There has been no Pokemon 3DS game announced yet but Pokemon Black and White 2 are due out later this month for the original DS handheld, ya’know the one BEFORE we had amazing 3D screens and graphics on our handheld consoles. I don’t know why they have chosen to release another DS game instead of opting to release the new Pokemon 3DS game alongside the new cool Pokemon 3DS XL console.