Zelda 3DS XL is official. Nintendo announced today that the stunningly beautiful Link Between Worlds themed Zelda 3DS XL bundle will indeed come out in North America, and just in time for Black Friday. The news confirms widespread leaks, but now it's finally official. The new bundle comes out on November 22, the same day as the game itself.
It's true. The new Zelda 3DS XL bundle was officially confirmed by Nintendo, more specifically by longtime Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma. Aonuma-san revealed the new console expression in an official Nintendo video from a Brooklyn rooftop, of all places. The video, embedded below, explains that games in the Legend of Zelda series have a long tradition of coming out in special gold versions, starting from the very first NES game in the series. It's the series signature color, in honor of the Triforce, and Nintendo likes to commemorate that in its new releases.
That's why the Zelda 3DS XL bundle is pure gold on the top and on the inside when opened. But this isn't just a Legend of Zelda 3DS XL. It's specifically designed to celebrate the release of Link Between Worlds, the new 3DS sequel to Link to the Past. So the bottom of the new 3Ds is jet black, a nod to Lorule, the realm parallel to Hyrule that seems to be the new version of the Dark World.
The top face of the Zelda 3DS XL, of course, is not just gold alone: it features the symbol of the full Triforce engraved on the top, so every time you or anyone on the subway looks at it, they'll be reminded that together the sublime forces of Wisdom, Power, and Courage can grant any wish imaginable. That is the power of the Golden Land.
The new Legend of Zelda 3DS XL does not, of course, come alone. It includes Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which launches on the same date, November 22. Big caveat, friends: the new system does not include a physical copy of the game. It's a digital copy (actually just a download code), so if you're a collector or have zero tolerance for Nintendo's archaic system of tying games to physical consoles rather than to accounts, plan accordingly. If you're a collector, though, you also obviously have to have this beautiful piece of work.
The new Zelda 3DS XL was already confirmed for Europe, and some leaks from GameStop strongly suggested that it was going to come to North America as well. Now that that's official, we can say that all these 3DS XL special editions must have been doing quite well this year, since we've had at least four: Luigi, Animal Crossing, Pokémon, and now Zelda. Wii U may be struggling, but 3DS is having a fantastic year, and we all reap the rewards.
The new Zelda 3DS XL launches on November 22 for $219.99.