Nintendo has been systematically targeting gamers’ sense of nostalgia lately with its product offerings. Not only has Nintendo launched the NES Classic and started pre-orders for the SNES Classic, but also now it’s making a SNES-themed 3DS XL.
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) August 22, 2017
The new device was Tweeted out by Nintendo of Europe, as seen above, and is called the New Nintendo 3DS XL Super Nintendo Entertainment System Edition. It features the color scheme of the original Super NES, and is made to look just like a SNES when folded open and placed face-down — it even has faux Power, Eject, and Reset buttons. This SNES-themed 3DS XL is slated for availability on October 13, but the American release date could be different.
This is just another instance of the Nintendo nostalgia hitting gamers hard. An unofficial SNES Nintendo Switch skin launched a few months back, and the gamer lust for the NES Classic and SNES Classic is well documented.
Stock shortages plagued the NES Classic, and the SNES Classic units available for pre-order didn’t last long — with many retailers selling out in a matter of minutes. While part of the draw of the NES Classic and SNES Classic is surely that they come loaded with a bunch of Nintendo’s classic games that many customers grew up with, this SNES-themed 3DS XL doesn’t appear to have that same inclusion — it doesn’t even include an AC adapter in the box. That lack may help some gamers get their hands on this new device.
While the SNES-themed 3DS XL will visually recreate the classic Super Nintendo, it won’t go as far in its replication as the actual SNES Classic, and that may keep it from selling out the moment pre-orders go live. And if the portable gaming device does catch the interest of the SNES Classic fans, some gamers may turn to the 3DS to fulfill their nostalgia and reduce the demand for the SNES Classic. It’s already clear that the demand for the SNES classic outweighs the supply, so anything to help balance that is in gamers’ best interest.
The New Nintendo 3DS XL Super Nintendo Entertainment System Edition releases in Europe on October 13, 2017.