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Exclusive Chinese 3DS XL Models Revealed

Posted by Orla Madden

Feast your eyes on these bad boys

Distributor of Nintendo products in China, iQue, have revealed 3 gorgeous 3DS XL models which will launch this December 2012 exclusively for the region. No price tag has been put on the models as of yet.

Below you can check out the 3 models: Mario White, Mario Silver and Mario Red & Gold (Limited Edition), and we sure do think they look fantastic, with our personal favourite being the Mario White 3DS XL. Not only do they look the part, but they also come pre-installed with Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, so they can be enjoyed the minute you open the box.

As usual, these 3DS XLs are region locked to China, so can't play games from Japan, Europe or North America.

[via ique.com, updates.kotaku.com]

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User Comments (40)

19Robb92

#5

19Robb92 said:

A fully white model with the pattern of the silver and red one would have been the best IMO. I have no idea why they'd ruin the white one with all that clutter.

Out of these, the silver looks the best IMO.

DestinyMan

#7

DestinyMan said:

While the one with the Mario head is nice, it has a little too much decoration on it. I like the simplicity of the red and gold one.

Kitty_hime1

#8

Kitty_hime1 said:

Wow! I used to think that the only place to get an 3ds was the internet and electronic markets that sell imported games.(trust me I live there... but i'm not Chinese lol)

RCMADIAX

#10

RCMADIAX said:

@R-L-A-George Nintendo had partnered with a company called iQue for awhile now. They started with the iQue Player which was Nintendo 64 hardware stuffed in a controller that hooked directly up to the TV. They have also released iQueDS and I believe GameBoy and now 3DS systems too.

RCMADIAX

#11

RCMADIAX said:

Looking at the website I don't seen any mention of the Nintendo eShop(or iQue eShop) which is weird since the iQueDSi got the DSiWare shop.

DarkNinja9

#12

DarkNinja9 said:

why do they do this to us the ones who already have a XL :( i would of got that white one right there

Mk_II

#13

Mk_II said:

Why oh why does Nintendo keep punishing us poor collectors? I have no budget left to purchase all of these must-haves.

Lunapplebloom

#20

Lunapplebloom said:

I must have one, but I'm willing to wait. The designs look pretty nice though. Maybe after Black Friday...

Boo_Buster

#21

Boo_Buster said:

I'd take any or all three of them NOA (hint hint) especially that White one or Limited Edition Red. Have they ever thought that some people have not bought or upgraded to a XL yet because they don't find the plain old Red and Blue attractive on their handheld device? I'd love, and I would definitely purchase, an all Black, White, or special edition model... Even though I am giving my buddies at Nintendo over $500 on November 18th haha

Shiromikio

#23

Shiromikio said:

The silver one looks cool. The yellow design on the red one makes it more preppy (in Style Savvy terms).

Again, just about every region under Nintendo's scope has more than 2 XL models ... except NA. That's all right ... no additional choices, no upgrade.

eirikr

#26

eirikr said:

I don't like them really , these are for a very chinese public I think , they would not sell in America in my opinion .

flightsaber

#27

flightsaber said:

@R-L-A-George Yes and no....They've been in HK for a long time with the Ique brands, dating back to the Ique player (N64-like device with a unique controller and games only downloadable from a store kiosk for fear of piracy). In my experience, mainland Chinese gamers don't play consoles - they're prohibitively expensive when a pirated copy of PC games is sold for a buck from your local retailer. You can find a gameboy or a DS at a specialty electronics store in Tianjin (I found two on sale in a city of 14 million), but back in 2009 a regular DS with a copy of pokemon in traditional chinese cost around 1600 dollars worth of purchasing power (Over 250 actual USD after the exchange rate, at the time). The thought is that the units are shipped to the US after some manufacturing in Japan or China, where they are finished and resent back to China. So China pays double tarriffs and taxes, and retailers can jack the prices up due to the exclusivity of the items.

In the end, Chinese gamers have to pay nearly 6.5 times more per system of their purchasing power.
It would be like paying over $1500 for a NDS in 2009.
I suppose the upside is China has hacked GBA and NDS cartridges to death, so they generally don't pay much (or anything at all) for the games themselves.

Henmii

#33

Henmii said:

Ironic, isn't it? The land of the pirates (Arrrr!) gets the nicest 3DS, namely the Mario one to the left!!

RevolverLink

#37

RevolverLink said:

I'm generally not a huge fan of the 3DS XL's appearance, but I kinda dig that checkered pattern on the white one.

It still can't touch the cobalt blue Fire Emblem-decaled 3DS, though.

Sir_Deadly

#38

Sir_Deadly said:

Wish these were comming to NA, I for one am looking for a limited edtion 3DSXL or at least a good bundle! Thats y I been holding out on buying one!

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