The recently-revealed Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL is already sold out at GameStop. Those who were lucky enough to pre-order one will receive it on October 30. Priced at $199.99, the system is gold in color and its exterior is emblazoned with a Hylian crest. Although it is launching shortly after The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, the Hyrule Edition doesn’t feature a copy of the game.
It was announced earlier today that the regular New Nintendo 3DS with the changeable cover plates is finally coming to the United States. It will be available September 25th and will be bundled with the endearing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. You can pre-order the system now for $219 at GameStop. The bundle also includes two cover plates and one amiibo card.
At the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle on Sept. 25. The bundle includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The more compact New Nintendo 3DS system joins New Nintendo 3DS XL, which has been available since Feb. 13.
In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct. 30 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes(sold separately) on Oct. 23. The system is gold-colored and features an intricate Hylian Crest on the front.
Other news revealed at the GameStop Conference included the debut of three new Wii Remote Plus controllers inspired by classic Mushroom Kingdom characters Bowser, Toad and Yoshi.
“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 Nintendo 3DS incorporates all the same enhanced features as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system, including a wider range of controls, face-tracking 3D and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The compact system also features interchangeable cover plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device. Two cover plates inspired by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are included in the bundle.
Various amiibo cards launch with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game on Sept. 25. Tapping compatible amiibo cards while playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a way to meet favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests in the game. People who own the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can still use the cards to enjoy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designerby purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The wireless accessory also launches on Sept. 25 and allows players to enjoy amiibo figures and cards on all other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family.
Joining previously released Wii Remote Plus controllers themed after Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, three new controllers inspired by Bowser, Toad and Yoshi will launch exclusively at GameStop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. The Bowser and Toad controllers will launch alongside the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console on the 11th of September, while the Yoshi version will hop on the back of the Yoshi’s Woolly World launch on Oct. 16. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with Wii Remote controllers.
Bowser, the newest member of the Photos with Mario series of Nintendo eShop Cards, is coming this fall – exclusively at GameStop. Customers can add $10 to their Nintendo eShop accounts and get the new Bowser AR card at no additional cost. With the Bowser AR card, players can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to play and pose with Bowser and other Mushroom Kingdom characters in the free Photos with Mario app
To celebrate PAX Prime and the upcoming release of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Nintendo of America has released a brand new trailer for the game. The charming trailer shows exactly what you will be tasked to do in the game, designing interiors for many of the delightful inhabitants of the Animal Crossing community. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is coming to the Nintendo 3DS on September 25th in the United States and October 2nd in Europe. You can expect our review of the fascinating title later this month.
The tragic passing of late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata came as a shock to gamers and developers so it seems extremely fitting that he should be honoured at PAX Prime this weekend. The organisers behind the event have set up a special area designed for those who wish to pay their respects. It’s a relatively small area which features a display that pays tribute to his many accomplishments. It’s a nice way of being reminded what Mr Iwata did for the video game industry.
One of the games that a lot of you enjoyed last year was the 2D side scrolling platformer, Shovel Knight. The game launched to excellent reviews and now we’ve got some free downloadable content coming our way titled Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows which promises to give us some more platforming excellence. IGN managed to capture three minutes of the game in action and you can check that out in the video embedded below.
More than a dozen new and ported indie titles are coming to the Wii U. Nintendo of America launched their Nindies@Night trailer ahead of the PAX Prime video game event in Seattle, featuring footage from several titles you’ll be able to play on your Wii U and 3DS soon. Earlier today, the company revealed a Shovel Knight amiibo would be available as part of a joint venture with the successful independent game studio Yacht Club Games. With so many upcoming indie games, which ones are you most looking forward to downloading? You can view some of the footage for the following games in the video embedded below:
- Action Henk
- FAST Racing Neo
- Freedom Planet
- Hive Jump
- Kerbal Space Program
- Mutant Mudds Super Challenge
- BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition
- Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
- Shantae Half-Genie Hero
- Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows
- Electronic Super Joy
- SteamWorld Heist
- Year Walk
- The Next Penelope