Nintendo's smaller New 3DS comes to the US on September 25th

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Nintendo's smaller New 3DS comes to the US on September 25th

When Nintendo decided to release only the New 3DS XL in the US this winter rather than its smaller New 3DS sibling, it left many scratching their heads. Why would Nintendo deprive American gamers of a smaller, more travel-friendly handheld? Well, it's making amends for that mistake very shortly. Nintendo has revealed that it's bringing the New 3DS to the US on September 25th as part of a $220 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle. So long as you like having the game's charming art plastered all over your handheld, you too can have a more portable option. The NFC Reader (needed to load up on Amiibo figurines and card) will also arrive that day for $20.

Unfortunately, it looks like you won't have an option for a plain vanilla New 3DS, at least not yet. Unlike with the New 3DS XL, that Animal Crossing bundle is all you're getting -- you may actually pay more than you would for the XL if you weren't bent on receiving a game alongside your system. It won't be shocking if Nintendo eventually expands the selection, but it's clear that the larger device remains the star of the show.
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