There have been quite a few limited edition 3DS consoles that have hit retailers since the portable first launched in 2011. The latest limited edition bundles to emerge have been a Pikachu 3DS XL and an Animal Crossing: New Leaf console, which left little doubt that the Big N would inevitably release more for die hard collectors (or just consumers looking for a deal) to spend their hard-earned cash on.
North American and European shoppers have seen their fair share of themed 3DS handhelds, but Japan has had a number of exclusive Nintendo 3DS designs that have never made their way outside of the country. The latest pair of special units include designs from Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, both of which are eagerly anticipated by fans across the globe. The pair of Pocket Monster titles are eyeing up a worldwide simultaneous release later this October, but only Japanese fans (for the time being, anyway) will have the option of purchasing a special blue or gold 3DS XL.
The portables both feature the new Legendary monsters that appear in Pokemon X and Y, Xerneas and Yveltal, as well as the new starter creatures Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie. While the blue model will be available at stores across Japan, the gold variant can only be obtained at Pokemon Centres in the land of the rising sun — similarly to the Eevee 3DS XL.
Each bundle also includes a 4GB SD memory card and a copy of either Pokemon X or Pokemon Y pre-installed on the unit, making it a no-brainer for anyone looking to pickup a shiny new 3DS alongside a version of the actual game at launch. Chances are the blue variant will likely make its way over to territories outside of Japan, but the gold edition is likely to remain a Pokemon Centre exclusive. That said, there’s no telling what Nintendo and The Pokemon company have planned for the launch of X and Y later this year.
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y can be caught on October 12, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
You can follow Riley on Twitter @TheRileyLittle.