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Nintendo Direct: Japan’s Retro 3DS, SNES Hits Virtual Console

During Nintendo of Japan’s version of Nintendo Direct, a New 3DS XL system was revealed, mimicking the design of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or the Super Famicom within Japan); something that was decidedly omitted from the North American briefing.

The SNES-inspired system sports the distinctive grey tone, with its cover detailed to resemble the retro console’s top. The SNES’s trademark controller buttons are also featured on the 3DS – something that was only previously available with smaller versions of New 3DS. The system is even complete with presentations for the Power, Reset and Eject buttons.

The console will go on sale in Japan in April for ¥21600, which approximates to $190, or £133. Whilst the design is sure to get Super Nintendo fans overseas eager to bag the system, Nintendo have made no announcement of releasing the 3DS outside Japan.

Super Famicon New 3DS XL

What was included in the North American version of Nintendo Direct however was the announcement that Nintendo will be adding SNES games to the 3DS Virtual Console roster. You’ll now be able to purchase classics like F-Zero, Pilotwings and Super Mario World from the 3DS eShop, with more titles launching in the coming weeks.

Soon to be added titles include:

  • Mario Kart (March 24)
  • Earthbound (March 24)
  • Donkey Kong Country (March 24)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (April 14)
  • Super Metroid (April 14)
  • Donkey Kong Country 2 (April 14)

Missed Nintendo Direct? Catch up on the latest Nintendo announcements here.

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Charlie is a platforming romantic from England, that still speaks in a fashion that died with the Elizabethan era. Having been gaming since the days of Crash Bandicoot, he champions the Playstation, and is only a little bit embarassed that Super Mario Land keeps spelling his defeat.