PSA: New Nintendo 3DS Now Available In North America

Today marks the day when North Americans can finally choose between the pocket-sized New Nintendo 3DS and its larger compliment the New Nintendo 3DS XL. It may be smaller, but what makes this version special is the customizable faceplates which let users personalize their handheld to their liking. The units also comes in a matte finish, has colorful face buttons, and a more pocketable size.


The New 3DS is currently available in a $220 bundle with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, two face plates, and a random amiibo card (the first hit is free). It’s not a retail-exclusive either, meaning you are free to scour across stores like GameStop and Target.

And if you’re concerned about there only being two face plates currently available in North America, there’s always the import route. Online stores like ebay and Play Asia have plenty of face plate options available, with collectible-friendly options from Super Mario and Pokémon to Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Splatoon.

Update: Looks like Nintendo of America is planning to carry New 3DS face plates after all.


Back in February, the larger model was the only model to launch in North America, much to the chagrin of those who wanted the other option. Nintendo of America’s Damon Baker shrugged the model off, saying that the company needed to be able to make it easy for consumers to understand. On the other hand, Reggie Fils-Aime has acknowledged the fan fervor for the smaller model, which is possibly in part how it came to the States.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL has outsold the smaller model on a global basis, but so far the one major market it was unavailable in was North America. The release of the New 3DS here can be considered a small victory for the fans who wanted it. Here’s to a bright and prosperous future for the portable.

See also:

Hey Nintendo of America, Where’s the New 3DS?

What is Going On With New Nintendo 3DS?

Breaking Down Why North America Shouldn’t Miss the New 3DS

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