Its been a long wait for those who were fortunate enough to snag a pre-order of the awesome-looking Super Famicom New 3DS XL in Japan, which was first shown off in a Nintendo Direct in March of this year.
The unit comes decked out with the hardware design of the Japanese Super Famicom on the back, the recognisable two-tone grey colour scheme on the inside, as well as the classic four coloured Y X B A button arrangement like the original controllers. This button colour scheme was seen on the smaller version of the New 3DS, but as of yet has not reached the XL version - until now. Alongside that, it was revealed a few weeks later that it would come with a specially designed box that evokes the design of the original Japanese Super Famicom box. Nintendo has also released special Super Famicom themed eShop cards to promote the launch of Super Famicom Virtual Console games on the New 3DS.
Pre-orders opened on 12th April of this year and only lasted for two weeks! It seemed as if it was going to be extremely difficult to find one, with such a short time window to order and being only available in Japan. Fortunately, some online sites like PlayAsia.com announced that they would be selling a few units. Don't forget that the 3DS is region locked, so if you get one you'll only be able to play Japanese cartridges and navigate the Japanese eShop. Furthermore there is no option to change the language from Japanese.
On 1st August Nintendo sent out package tracking numbers, by email, to those who pre-ordered to let them know that the machine is out the door and on the way. If you pre-ordered from outside of Japan, they will be arriving to you soon. If you're in Japan, you might already have it waiting at your door.
I pre-ordered one and in the video below I show you exactly what comes with it and compare the 3DS hardware and box to other Super Famicom items of the past. If you missed out on your chance to buy one, take a look at one of the coolest 3DS variations this year.
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Neat, though I will never understand the love for the XL, the bigger pixels really kills my interest.
@Kmno I have the New 3DS XL (Majora's Mask edition) and my son has the regular New 3DS and we continiously play side by side and the difference is hardly noticable! You have to really try really hard to see the difference.
What is a huge difference, is the huge size of the New 3DS XL display and how beautiful it is!
Playing games like Monster Hunter makes a huge difference on the XL. The experience is night and day.
The big display and the advantage of it trumps the regular 3DS.
Don't get me wrong, I love the regular New 3DS and how you can change cover plates. My son is crazy about Pokemon and has Pokemon faceplates and loves his Nintendo to bits. Was super happy and in heaven, when I exchanged his old 2DS for the New 3DS last year.
But for me, The New 3DS XL all the way!
if they ever make a 16 bit nintendo mini, i'd rather they base it on the super famicom rather than the super nes. it really looks good.
I wonder if the price of New 3DS will drop after they announce NX. I'm not ready to leave 3D gaming behind!
Funny enough, i owned a Pink White 3DS XL USA. I like bigger size, despite there are some bigger pixels i don't really mind. Those SNES theme really temptating but i prefer Pearl White color (Because it looks like Blank Sheet so i can customize as my heart desire)
The box is awesome. Don't really like the console skin; it suffers from that same issue I have a little with the NES Classic Edition (to a degree), where it's not a proper effort to make a modern system that captures the look and feel of the original but really just the easiest way to basically copy and paste the original design exactly, and usually in a way that's slightly cheap and tacky (like having a faux cartridge slot on the NES Classic Edition when it doesn't even take cartridges). A SNES themed 3DS really should not just be basically a sticker that's a picture of a SNES stuck to the front (with faux cartridge slot and buttons); it should actually be a system that's properly and lovingly designed to capture the overall look and feel of the SNES in a classy and stylish way.
This kind of thing achieves the effect much better:
I would get one asap if it was released too the rest of the world.
@samuelvictor i grew up with the super nes and yeah i thought it was boxy because we all knew what the super famicom looked like thanks to imports and magazines. it was okay tho'. it's like being in a happy relationship with a girl even if you know her sister is hotter. personally, i'd be fine with a silicone skin for my new 3ds xl with the super famicom look. something with bumps and indents for the buttons and stuff.
@BensonUii i searched for that and no joy. the mini nes is a very american solution to no new nintendo hardware for yuletide nostalgists.
I am nostalgic enough that I would really like a SNES 3DS. So many good memories and good games on the SNES.
I always thought the fugly Famicon was the Japanese one and it turns out it was the amercan one 😮
If I had any nostalgia for SNES and it was region-locked, I'd have preordered it long ago. Really looking forward to my Sun & Moon-styled 3DS XL, though.
I agree. The American SNES doesn't have the style of the pal version.
I'd get one if weren't for the stupid and unnecessary region locks.
I need this in UK/Europe
@samuelvictor I get you and IMO, the New 3DS has the perfect screen size though I'm quite used to small screens (I love my GBA Micro to bits).
@Manjushri must see the new one but pixel density is the same as far as I know so it shouldn't look different.
@samuelvictor True, everyone seems to forget out European SNES that was pretty much the exact same SFamicom but with SNES instead of Famicom.
Wouldn't be hard to bring to Europe, just change the words on it to Engrish and there ye'go, people throwing wallets at you!
Two things will make me upgrade to a New 3DS XL:
1. Price cut in the USA.
2. Either a SNES or N64 edition that's USA Region coded, as that's where all my cartridges are from even though I now live abroad so I can't purchase any new physical games. (Very stupid, Nintendo!)
I hope the NX is famicom styled
I'll dethrone my silver MH4U xl for this one. Come to America.
The best thing about it is the box artwork.
@samuelvictor I'd say my taste is not so much modern and minimalistic so much as it is . . . very picky about what I think works as tasteful design and what doesn't. I mean, I actually like the overall retro look of a system like the NES, but if I were to make a modern NES it wouldn't be a shrunk down exact replica of the original with a faux cartridge slot. That's just a bit cheap and tacky imo. Same goes for a SNES themed 3DS; it can't just be a sticker of an image of the console stuck over the front for me to appreciate it. It all has to be done very tastefully and maybe have that look of being "premium", even when it's actually quite cheap to make. I look at something like the Famicom themed Game Boy micro for example, and I think it looks lovely:
It's retro but still looks very slick and stylish at the same time. It gives off that "premium" vibe, despite being based on the colour and stylings of a 30 year old system. If Nintendo put that kind of love and attention in the SNES themed New 3DS it could have been something pretty stunning, imo.
Actually, there's quite a few retro systems I genuinely like the look of:
But, I'd likely have to tweak many of them at least a little bit if I were going to release them today, because sometimes old stuff re-released in modern times can just look cheap and tacky if it's not handled correctly, imo.
Ultimately, it always comes back to this idea of doing it "right"—as I always say. lol
@samuelvictor "always prefered the smooth rounded design of the MS2 over the first one or the MkIII"
I mean, it was the version 1 I owned, but even nostalgia can't trick me into thinking the original Master System was anything but fugly. Retro kitch, but fulgly. And having a strange diagram of the system setup on the front was just weird. lol
I would have bought one... Oh well. Another sale lost. Good job Nintendo!
i wish i had one of these, if they do a super nintendo one im getting it
"saw the US Super Nintendo in an import shop and was horrified at how boxy and plain it was. I'm sure people who grew up with it feel differently"
Well, I did feel differently until I laid my eyes upon the Japanese Famicom. And ever since I've regarded the US SNES as butt ugly.
You know, maybe it's just me not having the japanese design on my mind, but the front reminds me of a VHS tape heheh. Looks nice, though!
Looks really nice. I got my animal crossing new 3ds xl and I love it to bits. So that combined with the fact I don't have infinite money means I wouldn't pick this up.
I thought the DS family didn't have region locking
@DASchenk @samuelvictor I wrote the article and made the video. I've been reading your comments, especially Samuel, it's been a great discussion! DAS, the original DS or not locked but all 3DS models are locked. My guess is due to the eshop? But you know Nintendo doesn't talk much.
@samuelvictor Yea i used to play import Super Robot Wars Games on my older Game Boy Advance and DS consoles, this is pretty disappointing
Informative and hilarious from start to finish 😃👍
@Kmno not really, a larger screen opens more opportunities, for example, if we get a tablet, that can smash bros, on the spot smash will be totes awesome!
@samuelvictor thanks! I was surprised that no one else tried it. I guess it sold very few. Actually I'm torn whether to use it or keep it in mint condition
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