There are few brands more powerful than Pokemon. The iconic franchise has been around since the 90’s, and — despite insistence that the property’s popularity was merely a fad — the anime, trading cards, and video games are still going strong. This year is a particularly Poke-centric one, too, with a grand total of four confirmed Pokemon titles scheduled to launch before the 2013 reaches its end. If that wasn’t already enough, Nintendo has confirmed that there will be one more surprise for hopeful Pokemon Masters in the form of a Pikachu-themed 3DS XL.
Set to coincide with the release of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, the new Pikachu 3DS XL will give fans an opportunity to prove just how dedicated they are. The slick yellow portable features the recognizable face of everyone’s favorite electric rodent, and will be available at retailers across North America on March 24th for $199.99. The handheld also comes packed with a 4GB SD card, allowing gamers to start purchasing games off of the eShop as soon as they get their system set up.
It should also be noted that anyone who purchases a Nintendo 3DS XL (the Pikachu variant included), as well as a copy of either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and registers them on Club Nintendo between March 21st and April 30th will be eligible to receive a code to download either Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Star Fox 64 3D or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive.
Consumers have known about the existence of the Pikachu 3DS XL for a number of months, and many knew it was only a matter of time before the handheld made its way over to North America. Now that the Pokemon hardware has been confirmed in a less than shocking manner, it’s a safe bet that collectors will be snatching up the limited edition SKU come March 24th.
With the recent confirmation that Pokemon Rumble U will feature Skylander-like toys, and the ever looming presence of the highly anticipated Pokemon X and Y, it’s looking like a great year to be a Pokemon fan.
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