Nintendo isn’t done with special variants of its 3DS XL just yet, as the company has unveiled a brand new design featuring everybody’s favorite Pokemon, Pikachu.
Given that the Switch blends the advantages of a home console with the convenience of portable play, there have been some lingering questions in recent months about the future of the 3DS. Now, there’s further confirmation that Nintendo isn’t done with the system just yet, as the company has unveiled a brand new Pokemon-themed variant of the popular handheld.
Nintendo will launch the Pikachu Yellow Edition 3DS XL next month. The bright yellow system features a crayon drawing of Pikachu on the cover, as per a report from The Verge.
This isn’t the first time that Nintendo has placed the iconic pocket monster front-and-center on a special edition handheld. In 2013, the company released a Pikachu themed 3DS XL that featured an image of Pikachu inspired by his appearance in the anime based on the franchise, and promotional artwork.
Of course, there’s one major difference between the previous Pikachu portable and the newly announced model: the upcoming device is a New Nintendo 3DS XL, while its predecessor was the standard 3DS XL. That means the older model didn’t feature a second analog nub or the other improvements that the revision introduced.
Japanese Pokemon fans have actually had the opportunity to purchase the new Pikachu Yellow Edition 3DS XL for some time. The system was made available there last November, to mark the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon.
Last year was the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise, and Nintendo went all out on special edition systems. The North American launch of Pokemon Sun and Moon was accompanied by a 3DS that featured the game’s two new legendary monsters, while variants inspired by the box art for Red and Blue were released earlier in the year.
Nintendo has already ceased Wii U production in favor of the Switch, but it seems that the 3DS won’t suffer a similar fate. Between this new special edition system and the slate of games scheduled to release for the handheld over the coming months, it seems that the console’s immediate future looks bright.
However, given that the Switch can serve as a home console and a portable, there’s a chance that it could usurp the 3DS once it’s established a foothold among mainstream audiences. That said, the system has had years to build up a broad library of games, so anyone who’s finally jumping in with the purchase of the Pikachu Yellow Edition will have plenty of must-play titles to catch up on.
The Pikachu Yellow Edition 3DS XL launches of February 24, and will cost $199.99.