Pikachu and White 3DS’ to reach European shores this year.
Last month, Nintendo of America boss, Reggie Fils-Aime, confirmed that Nintendo wouldn’t be selling the white 3DS as a standard SKU in the west, but he did hint that it might reach shelves as a limited-edition variant. Nintendo has since announced that the white 3DS XL will go on sale in Europe as a limited-edition bundle on the 17th of November. The white 3DS XL comes with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed. No price was announced.
For those of you who prefer bright yellow to white, Nintendo is also releasing the striking Pikachu 3DS XL in Europe sometime this year. Launched in Japan just shortly before the NA release of the 3DS XL, the unique Pikachu variant of the handheld was only available to those who pre-ordered it from select Pokemon Center stores. The limited release turned the variant into somewhat of a collectors item, despite the fact the 3DS XL’s dual cameras make it look like Pikachu is wearing nipple clamps.
It’s not clear if these variants will be released in North America, as according to Reggie, yanks tend to prefer pink to white and silver.
“You might see a limited-time offer with a white or silver 3DS XL, or we might colorize it slightly differently,” he told IGN. “But in terms of an ongoing SKU, the consumer has responded in our marketplace and said that, for a handheld gaming device from Nintendo, that kind of white or silver doesn’t sell nearly as well as blue or red or even pink.”