As per the all the new Australian focused Nintendo Direct, Australia will be the only country outside of Japan to be able to purchase the New 3DS in 2014.

The console won't be sold in Europe or the US until 2015.

The Australian release date is set at November 21, 2014.

I can't remember Australia ever having exclusive 'western' access to a console launch like this, let alone a Nintendo console. Typically Nintendo games and consoles have been slow in coming to our shores. This is a true first for Australia, and almost a historical moment in a sense.

I'm actually a little bit shocked at the news. In a good way.

This post originally appeared on Kotaku Australia, where Mark Serrels is the Editor. You can follow him on Twitter if you're into that sort of thing.