Nintendo's latest handheld system, the 3DS XL, released in North America today for $199.99. While western buyers can't get a special Pikachu version, Engadget's review indicates that the system is a pretty big improvement on the original 3DS regardless of its color scheme.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 also launched with the handheld console today. Giving our review of the game an extra glance should help you decide if it's the first game you'll be playing on your new 3DS XL. If those extra Club Nintendo coins sound too good to pass up, New Super Mario Bros. 2 also be downloaded from the eShop today.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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