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I wish the NES 3DS XL looked like this ⊟
As much as I love the packaging for the upcoming NES 3DS XL, the actual design on the GameStop-exclusive system (an NES controller slapped on the lid) is disappointing, especially when you compare it to the NES GBA SP or Japan’s Famicom-colored systems.
Kungfuquickness agreed and created this alternative by sanding down a blue 3DS, spray painting it silver, and adding details reminiscent of the 8-bit console. You can follow his instructions to create your own NES 3DS here.
If you’d rather stick with something that doesn’t require any effort beyond taking your credit card out, the NES 3DS XL is up for preorder, as are the limited edition Smash Bros. and Persona Q systems.
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I wish the NES 3DS XL looked like this ⊟

As much as I love the packaging for the upcoming NES 3DS XL, the actual design on the GameStop-exclusive system (an NES controller slapped on the lid) is disappointing, especially when you compare it to the NES GBA SP or Japan’s Famicom-colored systems.

Kungfuquickness agreed and created this alternative by sanding down a blue 3DS, spray painting it silver, and adding details reminiscent of the 8-bit console. You can follow his instructions to create your own NES 3DS here.

If you’d rather stick with something that doesn’t require any effort beyond taking your credit card out, the NES 3DS XL is up for preorder, as are the limited edition Smash Bros. and Persona Q systems.

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New cat covers for your 3DS XL now on sale ⊟

I know Smash Bros. news is all anyone is talking about today, but this is important. Cyber Gadget’s new line of adorable “Nyan” 3DS XL covers are now available to purchase on Amazon.

The latest set includes new Tortoiseshell, Tabby, and Striped Tabby designs. The old colors — Sand Circle, Black, and Pink — are still available at Amazon too, as are Paw Pad Touch Pens. Stock is limited for all of them, though!

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You can make your 3DS XL look like a bunny too ⊟

My wife has a pink rubber case that makes her phone look like a bunny. She is the silliest person I know. Are you the silliest person you know? If so, here is the perfect case for you.

Following up its popular Nyan cases that make 3DSes look like cats, Cyber Gadget is now making pink and black silicone rubber ears for 3DS XLs. The covers go on sale in Japan next week for ¥1,380 (around $13), and will likely appear in import shops that you can buy from soon.

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My Neighbor Totoro 3DS XL pouch ⊟

Ahhhh that lining with the soot sprites! Too cute! This is a custom-made case from Sableye (the Tumblr, not the Pokémon), who will make you a pouch for the right price!

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Preorders for New 3DS and XL are open ⊟
If you want a New 3DS early and can’t wait until 2015 for it to release in the West, Play-Asia will ship one to you when the portable releases in October. While it’s likely the hardware will be region-locked again, there’s a possibility the upcoming (but delayed) 3DS Homebrew Channel will eventually fix that.
New Nintendo 3DS (White) - $199.99
New Nintendo 3DS (Black) - $199.99
New Nintendo 3DS LL/XL (Metallic Blue) - $219.99
New Nintendo 3DS LL/XL (White - Metallic Black?) - $219.99
Note that the last listing is for a White 3DS XL, which doesn’t actually exist — it’s probably for the Metallic Black edition. Also, all these prices are before the $15-30 shipping/handling fees. Play-Asia will throw in one of its free branded 3DS cases with each order, too. We will let you know when the custom faceplates and docks are for up for preorder too!
IMPORT New Nintendo 3DS White / Black (3DS XL Blue / Black)

Preorders for New 3DS and XL are open ⊟

If you want a New 3DS early and can’t wait until 2015 for it to release in the West, Play-Asia will ship one to you when the portable releases in October. While it’s likely the hardware will be region-locked again, there’s a possibility the upcoming (but delayed) 3DS Homebrew Channel will eventually fix that.

Note that the last listing is for a White 3DS XL, which doesn’t actually exist — it’s probably for the Metallic Black edition. Also, all these prices are before the $15-30 shipping/handling fees. Play-Asia will throw in one of its free branded 3DS cases with each order, too. We will let you know when the custom faceplates and docks are for up for preorder too!

IMPORT New Nintendo 3DS White / Black (3DS XL Blue / Black)

Five more random things about the New 3DS ⊟

We’ve covered the basics about the New 3DS\XL hardware and today’s related software announcements, but here are a few minor items about the portable, mostly gleaned from the Nintendo’s Japanese FAQ. It’s just random things to think about, s we wait for the handheld to release in the West next year.

  1. No more wireless switch on the New 3DS - you’ll need to turn the wireless function on and off through the Home menu.
  2. Speaking of wireless, you can now transfer media files to your PC without needing to pull out the microSD card. Unfortunately, this feature is supported by only Windows 8.1 and 7 systems, and not Macs. :o/
  3. To disable the built-in web browser’s parental control filter, users will need to register a valid credit card and pay a fee of ¥30 yen ($0.29), according to Kotaku.
  4. But thanks to its HTML5 support, the New 3DS’s browser can now play videos — I expect 3DS traffic to PornHub to spike!
  5. You’ll be able to play most DS games on the New 3DS, except for ones with odd cartridges or casing, like these three releases that Japanese 3DS pointed out.

Also, I said it earlier, but I’ll mention it again: it’s really cute that the colored lines for the Amiibo logo are the same as the ones on the *New* 3DS logo. The GIFs are via Xavier.

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Limited Edition Smash Bros. 3DS XL unveiled ⊟

So far it’s only announced for Europe, but I would be surprised if Nintendo of America didn’t support such a big release with special edition hardware in the States. This bundle, which includes a pre-installed digital copy of Smash Bros., will launch alongside the 3DS game in Europe on October 3.

The company also announced Meta Knight will return as a playable fighter.

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3DS XL Cyber Arcade Kit ⊟

Add another one to the list of fun Cyber Gadget accessories! This lets you attach a balltop arcade stick on top of your 3DS XL’s directional pad, which I’m sure will benefit a number of games. Expect this to release in Japan on October 31 for ¥3,002 ($30).

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Guys, more Kitty Kat 3DS XL covers ⊟

Cyber Gadget done did it again — its releasing a fresh set of Nyan silicon covers with new designs for ¥1580 (around $15) each. While they release in Japan next week, you can buy the original Nyan covers — available in White, Pink, and Black — along with Paw Pad touch pens on Amazon right now.

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Yoshi’s new 3DS XL cases ⊟

These two cases from perennial accessory manufacturer Keys Factory will be hitting Japan in a couple weeks alongside Yoshi’s New Island's launch there. Play-Asia has both cases for $14 each. Credit to NintendoTweet for the pics.

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Mario White 3DS XL for US region ⊟
Well, all right. It’s not FOR the US region, but it is compatible with the US region. I spotted a weird listing on Play-Asia the other day for this “Mario White” 3DS XL, with copies of New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, shipping in July. It specifically said it was US region compatible… I thought the whole thing was a mistake. 
But apparently not. NintendoTweet mentioned that it was actually being released in Southeast Asia (which uses the same region code as us for 3DS) by Maxsoft, the Nintendo distributor in that area. And this Yahoo article has confirmation from Maxsoft. 
So yeah, looks like you can order yourself a really cool, previously China-only Mario White 3DS XL (that comes with an old-ass soccer game) and play your US games on it.
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Mario White 3DS XL for US region ⊟

Well, all right. It’s not FOR the US region, but it is compatible with the US region. I spotted a weird listing on Play-Asia the other day for this “Mario White” 3DS XL, with copies of New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, shipping in July. It specifically said it was US region compatible… I thought the whole thing was a mistake. 

But apparently not. NintendoTweet mentioned that it was actually being released in Southeast Asia (which uses the same region code as us for 3DS) by Maxsoft, the Nintendo distributor in that area. And this Yahoo article has confirmation from Maxsoft. 

So yeah, looks like you can order yourself a really cool, previously China-only Mario White 3DS XL (that comes with an old-ass soccer game) and play your US games on it.

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  • Source play-asia.com

Clear Famicom case for your 3DS XL ⊟

Catering to our obsessions with making video game systems we play look like another video game we used to play, Datel will produce this neat protective shell for 3DS XLs. It goes well with this case, too.

NintendoTweet points out that this releases in Japan in late June for ¥1,490, or around $14.50.

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