Now this is news I like to hear. The Pikachu 3DS XL is venturing outside of Japan! Nintendo’s releasing it in North America to coincide with the March 24, 2013 release of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. Of course they are. Which means everyone who doesn’t have a 3DS has the best option ever to grab, and everyone who does can look on enviously and gripe about how they would have waited to buy their systems if they knew Pikachu was on the way. I’ll be among them, naturally.
The Pikachu 3DS XL may be launching on the same day as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, but it doesn’t come with it. This $199.99, limited edition system instead just comes with a 4GB memory card. Because really, you’re getting a Pikachu 3DS! That alone should make you happy.
I’m honestly a little surprised Nintendo didn’t jack up the price on this bad boy. The Pikachu 3DS XL was only sold in Japanese Pokemon Centers back on September 15, 2012. Not to mention people who wanted it had to pre-order between August 25-September 14, 2012. Those who didn’t live near a Pokemon Center and pre-order just didn’t get one.
Don’t forget that Nintendo also has that March-April 3DS promotion coming up. Between March 21-April 30, 2013, people who buy any 3DS XL and a copy of either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity and registers their new system and game with Club Nintendo gets another downloadable game free. They can get a code for Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Star Fox 64 3D or Super Mario 3D Land. I’d say, go with Super Mario 3D Land or Professor Layton, as they’re the best and most expensive games being offered.
Just wait, I bet that awesome Charizard 3DS XL is coming here too. Nintendo will probably time its release with Pokemon X and Y. Wait and see!