Sometimes, a single picture tells the whole story.
Nintendo has a new version of its 2DS XL dual-screen folding handheld game system. It looks like a Pokeball, those things you throw to catch and enslave monsters in the popular Pokemon series of games. It"s coming out in the US on Nov. 3 for an undisclosed price, though it"ll probably be the same $150/£130/AU$200 you"d pay for the vanilla version today.
And unless Nintendo"s wised up about supply and demand -- its recent decision to produce more NES Classics is a good omen, I suppose -- you"ll never, ever be able to buy one.
I guess that"s not the entire story, though, because there are other versions of the 2DS XL coming as well.
Like this delicious (50-50 bar, anyone?) orange-and-white variant coming on Oct. 6:
The new Orange and White New Nintendo #2DSXL arrives October 6th. pic.twitter.com/0i6iKbsxWC— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 13, 2017
Or these purple- and green-highlight versions headed (exclusively?) to Japan on Oct. 5:
Newニンテンドー2DS LLの新色も10月5日に発売。 #NintendoDirectJP pic.twitter.com/GC4fKa9MpW— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) September 13, 2017
And if you"re truly not embarassed to proclaim your love for Pokemon in public, you could import this Pikachu-faced variant:
All of these devices were announced during a Nintendo Direct livestream today, along with an awful lot of Nintendo Switch game news. The highlights:
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is coming Dec.1, and there"s a $100 Special Edition that looks pretty sweet.
- Doom is coming to Nintendo Switch this holiday.
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be released on the Switch in 2018.
- Fire Emblem Warriors will officially launch Oct. 20, and just added my favorite character to the lineup. (What"s a Fire Emblem?)
- Skyrim is coming to Switch on Nov. 17.
- L.A. Noire is coming to Switch on Nov. 14, if you missed the announcement last week.