Nintendo Announces Yoshi-Themed Nintendo 3DS XL


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With the Year of Luigi wrapping up on March 18, Nintendo needs a new mascot character to lead the way in 2014. While any one character may not get a year just devoted to them this year, Yoshi is getting some love right at the start of 2014 in celebration of his latest game.

Nintendo announced this morning that it will be releasing a special edition Yoshi-themed 3DS XL. The console sports a lime green color and a graphic of Yoshi leading an egg. Of course, this is all to celebrate the launch of Yoshi's New Island on the 3DS XL.

Launching on March 14, Yoshi's New Island can be considered the first real sequel to Yoshi's Island on the SNES as it's being worked on by the creator of the original game. In it, Yoshi must transport Baby Mario through numerous levels to reunite him with Baby Luigi. The levels feature the same egg making, egg throwing gameplay of the original alongside some new transformations, including a jackhammer and submarine.

The Yoshi-themed 3DS XL will launch on March 14 for $199.99 Unfortunately, it will not include a copy of the game. That will be available separately for $39.99. In short, the Yoshi-themed 3DS is for collectors, new owners who like the color or those who really want to pretend that 2014 really is the year of Yoshi.

Image via Nintendo/Business Wire