Nintendo has now confirmed that the Pikachu 3DS XL will be released on March 24th in North America. In will include a 4GB SD card — as is standard for the XL model — and will have a suggested retail price of $199.99.
Nintendo's recent TV commercial for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity hinted that the gorgeous yellow Pikachu 3DS XL that Japanese and European players have been enjoying for a while now was heading to North America, and yesterday's news that the official Pokémon Facebook and Twitter accounts are both teasing a Pikachu-related announcement added even more momentum to this viewpoint.
Today, we could have had the final word. An image of the console — in North American packaging — has appeared online, suggesting that the system is already in the hands of retailers across the country. A release date of March 24th — the same day that Gates to Infinity launches, no less — has also been mentioned.
Although this is still a rumour at present, the chances of a North American launch are pretty high now.