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What Colors Does the Nintendo 3DS Come In?

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Part of the fun of selecting a new video game system is picking the system color that works for you—provided options are actually available. Luckily, the Nintendo 3DS comes in a fine assortment of candy colors to suit your mood. There are bright shades, muted shades, and good old conservative black if you’d rather not stick out like a painted thumb on the subway.

Here’s a list of the Nintendo 3DS colors that are currently available. Performance between each system is identical, as is the price of each unit, unless we specifically note otherwise.

Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS

Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS
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($169.99 USD - DISCONTINUED) -- The Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS was one of the original launch colors for the system, so it was first made available in North America on March 27, 2011. Unfortunately, this classic shade was officially discontinued by Nintendo of Japan on May 12, 2012. Plenty of Aqua Blue stock still lingers on store shelves, though, and you’re almost certain to find a used Aqua Blue 3DS if you’re determined to own one.

Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS

Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS
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($169.99 USD) -- The Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS is another launch color, and like its Aqua Blue sibling, it first hit North American shelves on March 27, 2011. It’s still available at any retailer, so if you want a shiny black 3DS shell to match the rest of your sophisticated electronics, you shouldn’t have any trouble spotting one in the wild.

Flame Red Nintendo 3DS

Flame Red Nintendo 3DS
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($169.99 USD) -- The energetic Flame Red Nintendo 3DS was released in North America on September 9, 2011, the same day that Star Fox 64 3D became available. It’s a spicy, handsome color that should be easy to find at any store.

Ice White Nintendo 3DS

Ice White Nintendo 3DS
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(JAPAN AND EUROPE ONLY) -- For the minimalist in you, there’s the Ice White Nintendo 3DS, which was released in Japan on November 3, 2011, and in Europe on November 17, 2011. It may sound a little barren, but it’s actually a clean color that looks good next to your iOS devices. Unfortunately, the Ice White Nintendo 3DS is currently only available in Japan and Europe, where it’s sold as part of a bundle with Super Mario 3D Land.

Pearl Pink Nintendo 3DS

Pearl Pink Nintendo 3DS
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($169.99 USD – SYSTEM + GAME BUNDLE AVAILABLE) -- Also known as the “Lavender Pink,” “Coral Pink,” and “Misty Pink” Nintendo 3DS. Don’t get confused; it’s simply a bunch of different names for the same color. The Pearl Pink Nintendo 3DS was made available in North America on December 4, 2011, the same day that Mario Kart 7 initially went on sale. You can also find the Pearl Pink Nintendo 3DS as part of a Nintendogs + Cats game bundle--and it still sells for the attractive price of $169.99 USD!

Midnight Purple Nintendo 3DS

Midnight Purple Nintendo 3DS
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($169.99 USD) -- The Midnight Purple Nintendo 3DS is cool and mysterious. It was released in North America on May 20, 2012, the same day as Mario Tennis Open. It’s an alluring choice if you’re a fan of the color purple.

Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Blue Nintendo 3DS
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(JAPAN ONLY) -- The Cobalt Blue was released in Japan on March 22, 2012. There’s no word yet on a North American or European release, though it’s certainly an attractive-looking alternative for the discontinued Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS.
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