Midnight Purple 3DS launching May 20

Nintendo has announced a new color of 3DS: the "Midnight Purple" version. It will launch May 20 alongside Mario Tennis Open.

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You may be enjoying your 3DS, with it's relatively small but quality library, SpotPass feature to be exploited at PAX, and loads of free games if you were a sucker. But we know that deep down, you wish that the system could match your Prince outfit during your weekly 90s pop-star cosplay parties. Nintendo knows too, which is surely the explanation for the new Midnight Purple 3DS.

The new color launches May 20 for the standard $169.99. It will be the fifth available color for the system, after Cosmo Black, Aqua Blue, Flame Red, and Pearl Pink. (Nintendo names its systems like Crayola crayons.) Most likely, this color is meant to widen the system's appeal to girls, as Nintendo has had luck in the past with expanding its handheld market toward the female demographic.

If the release date sounds familiar, it's because it's also the release of Mario Tennis Open for the 3DS, so anyone buying the system for the game will have that color option. That naturally leads to the question, what does purple have to do with tennis? And also, why did you memorize the release date for Mario Tennis Open?

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    April 30, 2012 11:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Midnight Purple 3DS launching May 20.

    Nintendo has announced a new color of 3DS: the "Midnight Purple" version. It will launch May 20 alongside Mario Tennis Open.

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      April 30, 2012 1:07 PM

      I like it, would probably be picking one up if I already didn't have the zelda edition.

      And I've always wondered why so many people are waiting for the dual stick edition. I was in that camp until I realized I only play FPS's on PC, so I'm probably never going to buy a game on the system that really needs the second stick.

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      April 30, 2012 1:33 PM

      i feel sorry for anyone buying a 3ds anytime soon, especially before they announce an impending 3dslite or whatever the update is going to be called.

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        April 30, 2012 11:48 PM

        I'm waiting for the revision but there's been so many times I've been tempted to throw down the cash to buy one, at launch, the price drop, the zelda edition, the freak'n amazing looking ice white model that I absolutely must have, I'm trying to resist.....help me..

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          May 9, 2012 10:30 PM

          I bought one used for $100 on Kajiji. Super easy deal, got S3DMW and few DS titles (Zelda, Puzzle Quest and Scribblenauts). So far I've played through some of the smaller titles (Pushmo is really fun)l and Cave Story 3D (my first time), plus some demos (the RE game was pretty fun, gave me some scares).

          The wifi and browser support is nice too, even if it's a little spotty and the browser is fairly limited. Excited to try some of the Street/Spotpass features in games.

          I'm pretty happy so far, but I think I just got a sweet deal on it.

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      April 30, 2012 3:57 PM

      Waluigi's colors are purple and black. He will most likely be appearing in Mario Tennis Open. There's your connection

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      May 1, 2012 12:09 AM

      lot of slow news days lately