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Japanese Pokémon Tournament Unveils Exclusive 3DS XL

Posted by Andrew Karklins

Only for the very best, like no one ever was

Pokémon tournaments over the past few years have continued to grow in popularity along with the series. With US Regionals on the horizon, and the video game and trading card seasons in full swing, the series is at a pinnacle of popularity.

The Pokémon Dragon Tournament occurs every year in Japan and consists of participants currently in grade school. Competitors must compete in both Pokémon X & Y, as well as the trading card game. In keeping with the theme of the tournament, all participants must have a Dragon-type Pokémon on their team. This year, however, the prizes for the event are quite amazing.

The prize for the both the winner of the video game portion as well as the trading card game is a special edition 3DS XL model; only two of these models exist exclusively for this tournament. The lid of the device features a Mega Charizard X graphic while the back is specially designed with the victor’s name printed on the system itself.

At this point, this device seems to be the rarest 3DS model created to date. Over the past few months, various Pokémon themed 3DS models have surfaced including Charizard, Eevee, and the recent Trozei model. In the western world, the special edition Pikachu and X & Y models were available for a limited time.

Do you like the design of these special models? What other designs for 3DS models would you like to see?

[via geek.com]

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Ryo_Hazuki-san

#4

Ryo_Hazuki-san said:

looks like someone went on decalgirl.com and threw together some lame art from deviantart lol not that pretty!

Kaze_Memaryu

#5

Kaze_Memaryu said:

Looks fanmade... in a bad way. But it's something exclusive, so the winners will be happy nonetheless.

Jampie

#6

Jampie said:

Not really fond of the design. It looks tacky. I prefer that other Charizard 3DS LL that Japan has.

Mask0Gears

#7

Mask0Gears said:

Not that great, but your title..

"For the Best, like no one ever was."

That made me laugh.

GamecubeComplex

#8

GamecubeComplex said:

Hey, Nintendo's Facebook just revealed a Scholastic giveaway in the U.S. of a Yoshi 3DS XL and New Island. It's for ages 7 to 12 (I think 7) exclusively.

ShadowFox254

#10

ShadowFox254 said:

Looks alright. But the Pokémon Dragon Tournament sounds epic. I almost have the all dragons, and would love to watch this go down. My guess we'll be seeing Dragons with Sashes, Salamence with the Intimidate, and Scarfchomp with the Jolly nature. Makes me wonder if anyone would use a Mega.

2Sang

#14

2Sang said:

All my want. On a side note, why are there so few limited edition wii us? There's SOOOOOO many 3ds limited ediition versions, why has there only been 1 special wii u (the zelda hd one)

randomlypikachu

#16

randomlypikachu said:

that is just too awesome... i hope the two who receive this don't go selling this somewhere down the line.

3dcaleb

#17

3dcaleb said:

i think it looks ok. but what looks really awesome is the white trozei model! wow i would love to get one of those. i dont think they are for sale though. i think u have to win it somehow. oh well, maybe i can get some trozei stickers or someone will make a shell just like it. it looks so cool.

sillygostly

#20

sillygostly said:

@3dcaleb : I wasn't aware of that one. I'd love one of those (ideally the white one). The Trozei/Link Pokemon sprites are so ridiculously cute. <3

Lalivero

#21

Lalivero said:

@3dcaleb I like that and the black Trozei one.

They are part of contests and only two of the white one(Pokémon Daisuki Club) and five of the black one(CoroCoro magazine) will be given as prizes for winning.

navonod18

#22

navonod18 said:

lol it looks like one of those fake tattoos you get from a 25 cent (gumball) machine. not a terrible design, but I seen way better designs for the XL.

mojos

#25

mojos said:

I agree it does not look great and it looks as if someone just printed a decal and pasted it over. But there are only 2 of these made so yeah can be a collector's item and very valuable.

readyletsgo

#26

readyletsgo said:

Ugh, looks rank.

@2Sang I guess its because, people tend to update their portable system more cause its smaller, its not about the price at all.

People wouldn't update their home console as much or even at all until a slimmer model comes out. I think when Nintendo FINALLY get around to releasing new Wii U Gamepads, then people will buy different colours or designs of them, the actual system, no need. I wanted the WW edition but I didnt want to get a whole new system, just the controller. Hope that makes sense, confusing myself lol.

If they came out with a Wii U with min 500GB internal storage, still in black/white then it would sell new systems.

Chubblings

#28

Chubblings said:

Gasp A new special 3DS XL coming to Japan...never saw that coming.

Although in all seriousness, it is a nice looking design. However, I agree with what many have said above, and it does look fan made/decal.

JellySplat

#29

JellySplat said:

HOLY FREAKING CRAPWADS!!! that is amazing! however, I will never be the best like no one ever was. (I have other hobbies)

Uberchu

#30

Uberchu said:

you guys forgot to post the one comment on that article

"What is even more rare then this limited edition 3DS is the number of owners of the Wii U."

lmfao

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