Smaller New 3DS Bundles Up With Animal Crossing, New 3DS XL Coming Soon in Hyrule Gold


Sad to be stuck with the XL model as the only choice when buying a New Nintendo 3DS? Well turn that frown upside down, boys and girls, because Nintendo has finally confirmed plans to bring the more compact New 3DS handheld–the one with the multi-colored face buttons and interchangeable cover plates–to North America.

It’ll be out in the U.S. on September 25th as part of a bundle featuring a copy of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, a pair of Animal Crossing-themed cover plates, and one amiibo card. The bundle costs $219.99.


At this time, Nintendo has not announced its plans for selling just the New 3DS on its own. But this is what it looks like, in case you forgot.


For those who prefer the New 3DS XL to the smaller model, Nintendo’s plus-sized portable gaming machine will be available this fall in a special edition featuring a Hyrule Gold paintjob emblazoned with a Hylian Crest on the top outer shell.

This model is scheduled to go on sale exclusively at GameStop on October 30th for $199.99, synched up to tie in with The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes launch on October 23rd. (To be clear, the Hyrule Gold New 3DS XL will NOT come bundled with a copy of Tri Force Heroes at that price–though GameStop has made its own bundle with the game and gold system for the same price it would cost to buy them both individually.)


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