6. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS XL
Talk about making an impression, the New 3DS XL which coincided with the release of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is stylishly silver. A nice touch is the blue dragon emblem which sits atop of the system’s top clamshell, being highly indicative of the rousing and jaw-dropping sense of scale any hunter will be set to experience when playing.
As with all 3DS consoles in the “New” subset of systems, the handy C-stick located above the buttons improves the navigation over Monster Hunter Tri.
7. Sun and Moon light blue 2DS
Somewhat reminiscent of a door stop or cake wedge, it’s all too easy to dismiss the 2DS line of 3DS systems as being nothing other than a less exciting option for mature Nintendo fans. This all changed however in the lead up to the release of Pokémon Sun & Moon, with the reveal of an all-round light blue version which quite cutely depicted each of the new starters on the back and a small Pikachu on the front.
Subtle touches that are easy to overlook at first, these serve as a handy reminder of your mission to “catch ‘em all”.
8. Zelda 25th Anniversary Standard 3DS
The only regular-sized limited edition 3DS feature on our list, Nintendo’s commemorative Zelda 25th anniversary system is worth hunting down if purely for keepsake purposes alone. It helps, however, that the console’s actual design can be thought of as quite minimalist yet effective too, with the always evocative gold and black colour scheme working wonders.
The hero of time? You will be when taking on one of Link’s adventures on this little beauty.
9. Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL (Blue and Red)
Who doesn’t want to see an entire gallery of Nintendo icons upon taking out their handheld each time they plan on losing themselves for a few hours? The limited edition Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL makes this a reality in either Red or Blue variants.
Prominently placing Mario and Link front and centre stage, the grouping of characters is dense but identifiable which makes each icon easy to make out.
10. Yellow Pikachu 3DS XL
Loud, exuberant, and maybe just a little bit flamboyant, Nintendo’s electric mouse has graced many a home and handheld console over the years, even more than a couple of 3DSs. For our top 10 however, we’re going for the standard 3DS XL version which saw a worldwide release in December of 2012.
Pikachu’s face, ears and iconic red cheeks are splashed all over the system’s upper back plate, letting any friends and members of the public know that you’re an out and out Pokémon fan.
There you have it. 10 brilliant limited edition 3DS systems that if you’re ever lucky enough to own will be the envy of all your friends. Why not go and buy them all?