Pikachu 3DS

Pikachu 3DS XL Coming to North America

The beautiful Pikachu-themed Nintendo 3DS XL, currently only available in Japan and Europe, is making its way to North American shores March 24 for the suggested retail price of $199. A hint of this news was dropped in early March when a commercial for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity released and featured players using the yellow 3DS.

Pokémon then tweeted yesterday that exciting news was incoming for Pikachu fans with a picture of the electric mouse himself. The corner of the picture was peeled away, showing what appeared to be the edge of a yellow 3DS.

The Pikachu handheld will be available for purchase at participating Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, and GameStop stores. This special edition 3DS is limited in quantity, so pick one up quickly starting March 24.

In more Pokémon-related news, Mr. XY, spreader of the recent rumors concerning Pokémon X and Y on 4chan’s Pokémon board, admitted to be a fraud.

The ideas of a time traveling storyline, trainer levels, and a bond system were all debunked by the troll himself, though it was a fun ride while it lasted. While many never believed Mr. XY, a handful of /vp/ regulars admitted they fell for his ruse.

Despite the announcement of a new 3DS coming to North America, Nintendo recently found itself in hot water when it was found guilty today for patent infringement on former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita’s 3D design.

A jury awarded $30.2 million in damages to Tomita Technologies in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Tomita against Nintendo.

“Nintendo is confident that the result will be set aside,” Nintendo said. “The jury’s verdict will not impact Nintendo’s continued sales in the United States of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories, including the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”