Yoshi’s New Island Nintendo 3DS XL Hatches March 14th

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Whenever there’s a big new franchise release coming to the 3DS (or the DS before it), you can always count on Nintendo to ship a special edition hardware companion. Well, Yoshi’s New Island is launching next Friday, and right on cue Nintendo has announced plans for a Yoshi-themed 3DS XL system.

The Yoshi Edition Nintendo 3DS XL will ship day and date with Yoshi’s New Island on March 14. The $200 system is green with a white backside, featuring an image of Yoshi emblazoned on the front leading a trail of Yoshi eggs displayed across the back of the system.

The only bummer is the fact that this system does not come in a bundle featuring a digital copy of the game like many previous themed 3DS systems. If you want the matching pair, you’ll still have to fork over $39.99 for a sold-separately copy of Yoshi’s New Island.

Pre-orders for the Yoshi Edition Nintendo 3DS XL are now available in the US at Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys R Us and Walmart. Point your browser to this page for a list of participating retailers and the corresponding pre-order links.

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