The 3DS LL has been around a while, with it being the Japanese naming convention for the 3DS XL that exists as a larger variant of the portable console that has been the backbone of Nintendo’s offerings for years. The console was first teased in 2012, with rumors spreading around E3 2012 that Nintendo was planning to unveil it that year. Nintendo later held the announcement until a Nintendo Direct that year. The 3DS LL was released on July 28, 2012, in Japan, coming to the west later that year in August. And now, it looks like Nintendo is about to expand their offerings again in the portable space.
And with the various color options that currently exist, it’s all but certain that Nintendo would push out some new options for eager fans. After all, custom color schemes or branded consoles is something that Nintendo has done for a while. And with their best-selling franchises like Mario and Pokémon, the company has made a mint out of rebadging the portable console for new game releases.
The latest mega-hit for Nintendo, Pokémon X & Y, is getting a custom console. First announced this past January, Pokémon X & Y brings the franchise of video games into its sixth generation and expands the rosters once again. And as with previous outings, we’re getting new regions and other content.
According to new reports from Pokémon fansite Serebii, the upcoming release in Japan will be paired with multiple promotional items. Among pairings with films for the anime and game franchise, Nintendo is apparently planning a new 3DS as well.
Xerneas and Yveltal, the two main Legendaries introduced in the latest entry, will feature as custom artwork on the shell of the new 3DS.
No confirmation yet on whether this variant will be released outside of Japan.