New Nintendo 3DS Coming to North America with Happy Home Designer

Fans of the smaller New 3DS will be pleased to know that the compact sibling to the New 3DS XL is finally arriving in North America next month. As part of the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo of america confirmed that the New 3DS will launch on September 25th, the same day as Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

The white New 3DS will launch in a bundle with the game, alongside an amiibo card and two sets of Animal Crossing-themed cover plates. The bundle will run for $219.99 at launch. No word of a stand-alone release of the system, or more cover plates, has been announced yet.

For fans of the larger New 3DS XL, a Zelda-themed Hyrule Edition will launch on October 23rd for $199.99, right in time for The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes. This system is confirmed to be a GameStop exclusive, and will not include a copy of the game.

As part of the press release, NoA’s Scott Moffit revealed that the 3DS family has sold 15 million units in North America since March 2011 across all models.

The New 3DS XL launched in North America this past February without the smaller model by its side. Nintendo of America’s Damon Baker caused a minor controversy with fans of the unit explaining that it didn’t come here because it might create consumer confusion. However, at E3 2015, Reggie Fils-Aime hinted to Kotaku that the smaller model might be released here in the future.

Pre-orders are currently live on GameStop for both systems. You can pre-order the smaller New 3DS bundle here and the Zelda system here.


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