Nintendo Unveils SNES-Styled New 3DS XL

Nintendo is introducing another special-themed member of the New 3DS family this holiday season. Here's everything you need to know.

Hot on the heels of the SNES Classic Mini, Nintendo has revealed an SNES-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL, adding to the library of collectible systems in the 3DS family. The system is an Amazon exclusive and is set for release on November 27, Cyber Monday. If you're interested, you can head over to Amazon to pre-order it now.

The handheld's aesthetic aims to almost-perfectly recreate the look of the original SNES, complete with purple Power and Reset sliders. The bottom also has the system information and bar-code close to where it was on the SNES itself. The inside mirrors the North American SNES controller, with the two shades of purple for the buttons being the most noticeable.

The SNES New 3DS XL comes with a download code for Super Mario Kart, highlighting one of the New 3DS's major features: the Virtual Console. This feature lets you play select Super Nintendo games, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Earthbound.

As of this writing, there is no word if the system will be available through other retailers, but we'll update accordingly once any information is released.

Let us know in the comments if you'll be picking one up!


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Oct. 23rd 2017

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