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Nintendo to release a less cuddly Pokemon 3DS XL model in Japan

10/27/12 12:00pm

Back in the summer, Nintendo released a special edition Pikachu 3DS XL model in Japan and it was adorable and also a marketing success. A success Nintendo is hoping to duplicate with a second Pokemon themed 3DS XL model and this time, another popular (and far less cute) first generation Pokemon will be getting its due. 

This sleek black model will sport a wicked golden Charizard on the front with a blazing red flame on the back.
 
Here’s a snapshot of the model provided by The Pokemon Company:   
 
 
The Charizard 3DS XL model will launch in Japan in time for Christmas on December 15.
 
Edit: Unfortunately, it's not only a Japanese exclusive but an exclusive to Pokemon Center stores and only available to those who send in order forms in an effort to win the chance to buy them. So collector's should expect importation to very tricky/expensive, if it's even possible.
 
That is unless Nintendo decides to eventually launch a wider release. 
 
Thanks to g1 aaronsxedge for some additional info!
 

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