Nintendo Releasing GameStop-Only NES Version Of 3DS [CORRECTION]

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Straight from Nintendo's presentation at this week's GameStop conference, the company just showed off a NES-styled 3DS XL. Out October 10. Our tipster says it'll be a GameStop exclusive. Update: Nintendo confirms.

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And here's the inside:

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Nintendo is also releasing a purple Persona-themed 3DS XL as a GameStop exclusive. It will be bundled with Persona. Copies of the game Persona Q will be sold separately, Nintendo has now confirmed.

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As for the biggest remaining 2014 Nintendo mystery, the company still isn't saying when Smash Bros. for Wii U will be out. During the presentation, according to our tipster, a Nintendo rep said the date would be revealed this Friday during Nintendo's Smash Bros. streaming event.

CORRECTION: A Nintendo rep contacted Kotaku to say that their people at the presentation only promised general Smash info during Friday's livestream. We've checked with our source, who had mentioned the date detail but clarified that Nintendo promised that all our questions about Smash would be answered. In retrospect, it's clear the date comment was a speculative interpretation. I apologize for the error.

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I think they kinda blew it on the design here. The exterior of the handheld should have looked like the original console: grey bottom half, white upper half with the strip on the side. The interior meanwhile should have looked like the original game pad with red buttons, grey D-Pad, and the rest. Not sure what could be done for the upper half of the interior, but something mimicking a NES cart wouldn't be out of order, with the screen being where the cart art would be.

This just looks like someone printed a sticker of the controller layout, put it on the top, and called it a day.