To coincide with this year’s release of the latest Pokémon installment – Sun & Moon – Nintendo is releasing a special limited edition New Nintendo 3DS XL!
Let’s take a closer look:
Crisp white line art of the new legendaries Solgaleo and Lunala stands out from a stark black background. Gray shadows of Solgaleo and Lunala appear on the back alongside the usual technical information, which also appears in gray.
So what do we think?
…I think it’s ugly! Considering all the amazing & intriguing imagery we’ve seen from the peeks we’ve gotten of the Alola region, you’d think they would have come up with some better designs for the new system. Alola is such a colorful place, teeming with life – a point they’ve emphasized multiple times during press conferences about the game – yet the limited edition 3DS seems grim and spare.
The legendaries have been drained of their liveliness and instead feel reminiscent of skeletons. The black and white palette doesn’t seem to correspond to anything we know or have seen from Sun & Moon, which has always involved vibrant color schemes (especially purple and orange). The black and white imagery on this 3DS reminds me of the decals people get for their Macbooks.
There’s also no compositional nuance, just the two Pokémon slapped on the front next to each other. They’re not in battle, or even interacting at all. It’s also the same pictures we’ve seen over and over again of them, so it’s not even new imagery that we get on the system.
Perhaps they were aiming for universal appeal when they chose black and white, since it will easily fit into any gamer’s aesthetic. However, attempting for broad, general appeal has rendered the appearance boring and stale.
The new console will be available in North America October 28, 2016 (before the game itself is out) for $199.99. Diehard Pokémon fans might be excited for it, but I certainly won’t be changing my system.