Nintendo managed to surprise us all with the latest announcement of a new family member on its way to the 3DS department. We have talked about the new models’ hardware and size, but there’s even more to it.

Along with the new system, Nintendo announced two limited edition New 3DS LL consoles for Japan. One is Monster Hunter 4 G-themed, while the other features the famous Smash Bros. design. The smaller New 3DS won’t get any special prints, but fear not: there is a very good reason for it.

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Limited edition designs appear to be New 3DS LL-exclusive.

The New 3DS comes with an incredibly useful new feature that renders limited edition designs rather useless. You can simply remove the faceplate of the New 3DS and exchange it for another one. No warranty will be broken when you do so, and scratches on the faceplates don’t matter anymore as you can simply get a new one! Japan are selling these from 1,000 to 3,000 yen (approximately $10 to $30).

The collection of designs Nintendo featured in the announcement is not too shabby either — a total of 38 designs are available to choose from! The selection varies and features famous characters from your favourite Nintendo games, to just simple patterns or even single-coloured faceplates. Some are even transparent and allow you to still see the inner parts of your New 3DS.

We see a few of those designs in the Direct itself, and what we get to see there isn’t just the New 3DS new faceplates, but a lot of them have also support the recently announced menu customization too. It doesn’t seem too far-fetched to assume that Nintendo might offer bundles in which the faceplate comes with an additional code for a matching theme — though this is simply speculation as Nintendo did not confirm it.

Interestingly, Nintendo also featured even more seen menu themes that we didn’t see before.

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It should be noted that Nintendo turned the images upside-down, unlike the limited edition designs we are used to. It is now designed so that you’ll see the entire image when your New 3DS is open, instead of being fully displayed when closed.


This isn’t just for showing your system while you play, however. The New 3DS system won’t charge while laying around, as the new charging station will charge your New 3DS LL in a new way. The system will now be placed into its bed in a vertical position, allowing its owner to admire the new position of the design.

The charging station for the New 3DS comes in different colours (turquoise, pink and white) and costs 1,000 yen (approximately $10). The New 3DS LL version will be priced at 1,200 yen (approximately $12).


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  • Zeller

    So wait… Can i remove my Zelda 3ds XL’s faceplates, buy spare red ones per say, trade my XL for a New XL and put my zelda faceplates on it?

    • DocPrologue

      Faceplates can only be traded between *new* 3DS systems. Your old Zelda 3DS XL cannot have it’s face removed.

      • Loni

        Technically you can exchange the old 3DS XL covers, however you need to damage the warranty for this and take apart the entire system.

        switching those covers between new 3ds LL and old 3ds XL wouldn’t work (even if they came with that feature what is NOT the case) simply because the size of the devices don’t match.

    • Bruce Truong

      Most likely not.

      The sizes of the New 3DS and the 3DS XL seem different.

  • Klayton Liggins

    I don’t like how japan wiill have this october 10th and it says we wont see a release till after 2014 on the wiki for it

  • Lucas Postlethwaite

    Do the XLs have custom faceplates or just the smaller size?

    • Loni

      It is New 3DS only.

      New 3DS XL will be available in limited edition bundles as we are used to it.

  • Dickie Richards

    will these charging stations work with current gen 3DS XL i wonder?

    • Master_H

      No, but mostly due to the fact that the charger slot is in the center of the back of the New 3DS; it just wouldn’t fit.

      • Dickie Richards

        oh well, thanks for the reply!

      • Telly

        Where did you see that the charger slot is in the center? I can’t seem to find it.

  • Ryan Haney

    38 designs!? Wow!