Posted by Andrew Hayward August 17, 2012

When the super-sized Nintendo 3DS XL launches in North America this Sunday, we'll only have red/black and blue/black options available for purchase. Japanese gamers have already had their shot at some other colors for the 3DS LL (as it's called over there), and will soon get an even slicker option in the form of the Pikachu Yellow system pictured here (via Andriasang).

Exclusively sold at Pokemon Center retail locations in Japan, the Pikachu Yellow follows a long line of special edition Nintendo handhelds to feature the iconic creature, and will be available for pre-order strictly from the stores between August 25 and September 14. Those who pre-order the system can pick it up on September 15 for 18,900 yen ($238), the regular price of the handheld in Japan.

As with most previous Pikachu-themed systems, we'll probably never see this one released in the States, and it'll be extremely difficult to get a hold of an import version without a buddy already living in Japan (or a well-timed vacation). Still, it's always interesting to see these oddball variants, and with luck, someday the rest of the world will have as much access to such distinct hardware iterations as they do in Japan.


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