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How Nintendo Seduced Me: Pokemon 20th Anniversary

I must commend Nintendo for their accomplishments. No matter the type of financial year they may be having, they always find a way to take my money. 2014 brought me a New Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. In 2015 I purchased a Nintendo 3DS XL just weeks before the release of the New Nintendo 3DS XL coming to the United States. I told myself that there was little to no reason to upgrade so quickly after purchasing a new system. You can read my reasoning herePeople still believe me when I say that I spent the day at the gym.

Unfortunately, my 3DS XL was stolen over the summer, and I haven’t been to a gym in months. Pokemon gym or the real gym.

Fortunately, last week Nintendo announced the beginning of the celebration for Pokemon’s 20th Anniversary. Headlining the announcement was a New Nintendo 3DS Pokemon Bundle. So instead of telling you reasons to not purchase a New 3DS, I am going to explain why I will be taking advantage on this bundle (I already have it preordered) and maybe you will as well.

Well first and foremost, my desire to purchase this bundle is due to my lack of having a system to play. My device was stolen over the summer among my many outings. Fortunately, the 3Ds was empty of any game other than the installed copy of Fire Emblem Awakening, which I had finally mastered. Nintendo has strict protocols when it comes to transferring information to new systems, especially when a device has been lost or stolen. However, I will not be deterred when I finally get my new 3Ds.

Bask in the nostalgia glory.

Other than my need for a new one, this 3DS comes with more than enough incentive to purchase it. This bundle features the New Nintendo 3DS, the smaller version that Nintendo didn’t originally release in the United States or Europe. Instead we were offered the New Nintendo 3DS XL (LL in Japan). The Pokemon Edition 3DS is the second available of the smaller version here in the U.S., following a September 25, 2015 release of The Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer bundle. The smaller version still features the new C-stick, additional shoulder buttons, face tracking, NRC reading, and a stronger processor. The difference though, is that the smaller 3DS’ feature removable faceplates, allowing for greater customization.

Sorry Venusaur lovers.

The Pokemon 20th Anniversary bundle comes with two faceplates featuring artwork from the original Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Red video games. Other faceplates are only available through Japanese import, but amazon provides the opportunity to pick up one of the many colorful options.

I think I will have the Blastoise faceplate on when I am playing Pokemon Blue, and the Charizard one when I am playing Pokemon Red. Or maybe the opposite, just for anarchy reasons. That’s right, the original Pokemon games are going to become available on the Nintendo eShop. But it gets better, this new 3DS come with Red and Blue already preinstalled! No need to download or have an SD card. I guarantee you there there will be people that buy this bundle just for the original games, and won’t even pick up any 3DS games. I don’t blame them. But I still have a lot of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire post-elite four content to do.

The 3DS also comes with a special Pokemon menu theme, only available on this handheld. Unfortunately the bundle does not include an AC adapter to charge the system, but previous 3DS owners can use their old ones and new owners can purchase one separately at an inexpensive price.

Japanese trainers will have a tough time deciding which one to get.

Nintendo announced this bundle to kick off the celebration for Pokemon’s 20th Anniversary. Along with the bundle Nintendo spoke on a new wave of Pokemon trading cards, several legendary Pokemon distribution events, new Pokemon merchandise, rereleases of hard to find Pokemon Amiibo, 12 Pokemon movies becoming available on Itunes/Google Play/Amazon, and even a Pokemon Super Bowl Commercial. Japanese Pokemon trainers will be able to pick one of four new 2Ds bundles. However, no news on a mainstream Pokemon game though.

The Pokemon 20th Anniversary 3DS Bundle will be available on February 27th, with TCG packs and the Super Bowl Commercial also coming in February. Also on it’s way in 2016 is the highly anticipated Pokemon Go for mobile devices and Pokken Tournament for WiiU.

Get ready for Pokemon overload.

What Pokemon paraphernalia are you most excited for?

Written by Michael Lanoie

Michael is a handheld gamer kid who evolved into a console player, the best of both worlds. He attends Chapman University and hopes to achieve his Masters in Creative Writing.

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