Nintendo to Release Black 3DS XL in August


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Though Nintendo's Wii U console is struggling to sell, the company's handheld 3DS console is gaining even more traction than ever. While the home console market release schedule has slow down in anticipation of next-gen consoles, already this year 3DS owners have seen the release of instant-classics such as Fire Emblem: Awakening, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. While Dark Moon sits at #15 on Amazon's top-selling video game list (ahead of BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider), Nintendo is preparing to unleash Pokemon X & Y, which will further push 3DS hardware sales.

To keep interest high between now and the October release of Pokemon, Nintendo is releasing a new color for its 3DS XL console. The company announced that a black version of the handheld will be available starting August 11. The color will join blue, red, and pink as 3DS XL colors sold in the U.S.

The release date is the same one as the upcoming Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, though no official bundle has been announced. Dream Team is an RPG-style Mario game in the spirit of the Paper Mario games.