With the Nintendo 3DS launching later this month in Japan, retailers are beginning to receive promotional stock including posters, mock-ups, and the actual 3DS game cases. The new design isn’t mind-blowing, but it sure looks a little more flashy and you will be able to cram more games onto your shelf space. Here is a list of altered features:
- Game cases for the original Nintendo DS were made from black or clear plastic, depending which region you purchased the game in. With the 3DS, these box trims are now white.
- The actual 3DS logo is now on the right-hand side of the cover opposite the spine, both of which bear resemblance to the classic DS design.
- 3DS cases are slimmer and lighter, weighing 15% less than their elder brethren. Once opened, you will see a number of holes cut from the box surface which is said to make them cheaper and more environmentally friendly to produce.
- Possibly due to the cases being thinner, they are reportedly harder to open. One could interpret this as Nintendo trying to tone down the accessibility of the 3DS.
Nintendo’s latest-gen handheld will launch in Europe and the States on March 25th. For more 3DS box shots, be sure to visit this blog.