Nintendo of America set off an Internet gaming community firestorm earlier this year when it announced that it had no plans to release the smaller New Nintendo 3DS system in favor of the larger New Nintendo 3DS XL while, in other regions, both systems were made available. North Americans cried out for the opportunity to buy the smaller, pocket-sized handheld with the exclusive swappable faceplates, and now the company is reversing course and bringing the regular New 3DS stateside. The catch? You'll have to buy a special $219.99 bundle. I hope you like Animal Crossing!
On Sept. 25 the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle, which includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card.
If you want to buy a plain New 3DS without the extras, I suppose this news is a little like making a wish on a monkey's paw: you get what you want, but in a way you don't want it. As Hank Hill once said, "It's like when you get a wish from a genie but you ask for it in slightly the wrong way and wind up with a solid gold head or something". I still want a New 3DS, and while I'm not interested in Animal Crossing, I'm patient and will wait to see if other decorative options and/or bundles are made available later that catch my interest. My regular 3DS is chugging along just fine and aside from lacking some of the optional enhancements for games like Super Smash Bros. and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, it meets my needs. My interest in upgrading is purely to futureproof my 3DS collection with refined hardware. Still, I'm glad that Nintendo of America, for whatever reason, is releasing the New 3DS in any form at all. While it may not be coming in the form that I want, it's just great to see it here.