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Top 13 Best Special Edition Nintendo Consoles You Wish You Owned

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS XL

This is our first special edition Nintendo console. A fancy Monster Hunter logo would have sufficed for this one. They went the extra mile with this one by adding that texture look all over the outer shell.

Best of all, it’s not a truly raised texture that could collect dirt in its nooks and crannies. A legitimate concern for something that spends hours in pockets and bags full of lint. It’s a smart design and it’s even better.

Pikachu N64

Although it might sound a bit cheesy now, but if you had one of these bad boys, you’d be the coolest kid on the street. The giant Pikachu that has a button for a right foot jumps at you right off the bat.

The color palette is nothing overwhelming. The simple blue and yellow sections give it a fun and playful feel. The matching controller also ties everything together in an undeniably cool Pokemon-themed Nintendo console.

Persona Q 3DS XL

Even if you’re not a fan of the Persona franchise, you have to admit that this 3DS XL console is amazing. It’s not too often that you’ll see any kind of Persona game on a Nintendo console, so it was a good decision to celebrate it with one of the best-looking system variants I’ve ever seen. .

The blue argyle pattern that forms the base of the grimoire appearance flows smoothly around the exterior of the system. The character art on the back is a bit cluttered, but it’s hard not to appreciate the Persona Series’ stellar design.

2009 DSi Pokémon World Championships

Good luck finding this one at your local Nintendo Gamestop or mom and pop video game vendor. The 2009 DSi Pokemon World Championships are worth thousands of dollars and were only given away to select players who attended the 2009 event.

If you’re a huge Pokemon fan, it’s hard to beat the design of this system. It features tons of Pokemon with exclusive artwork that hasn’t been on any other merchandise before or since.

The sky blue background is a perfect canvas for what is one of the coolest DSi consoles on the market.

Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

Nintendo always goes out of its way for The Legend of Zelda games and their special consoles are no different. Although they mostly use a golden color scheme, each one is surprisingly unique.

This Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL is a perfect example. It features the titular mask in the middle surrounded by the Deku Mask, Goron Mask, Zora Mask, and Fierce Deity Mask.

Even without knowing too much about the game, it lets you know that these five things are incredibly important. Best of all, Majora’s Mask’s detailed shadows and intricate lines are ridiculously impressive.

It’s a sight to behold in person and pictures can hardly do it justice.


It’s so brilliant! Like I said before, Nintendo loves its gold when it comes to special edition LoZ consoles. This one’s a bit more toned down than that 3DS, but it’s that simplicity that makes it appealing.

On the outside it’s just a basic triforce, then on the inside there’s a little logo on the bottom right. If it weren’t for the metallic gold finish, not much about this console would stand out.

It’s the perfect combination of enough shine without being a fingerprint magnet.

Fire Emblem Fates 3DS XL

I’m a bit biased towards this one because it’s the 3DS I’ve been using for a few years now, but it’s definitely one of the best designs out there. From a distance, it looks like a simple black and white 3DS.

However, the elaborate draconic designs are what makes this console so great. They blend into their surroundings until you look at them from certain angles.

It’s a shame they aren’t more easily visible, but it gives this console a more sleek and professional look compared to other 3DS systems.

GS Pokemon Center Game Boy Color

Special edition Pokemon consoles are still some of the coolest systems out there. This Game Boy Color that was exclusive to Pokemon Center stores is no exception.

It has a muted color palette compared to the otherwise obnoxiously purple and lime green GBC systems. The Pokemon art on the plastic bezel surrounding the screen is also top notch.

Since the Game Boy screen isn’t much to look at, adding a bit of extra art around that little LCD screen is always a welcome addition.

Hylian Shield New 2DS XL

This thing is probably big enough to use as a real shield. The new 2DS XL is one of the youngest members of the 3DS family and it hasn’t received many special edition consoles.

However, this one is a bit different as it bucks the gold trend we see with many LoZ themed systems and peripherals. Of course, the original 2DS did that too, but it did so with an excruciating combination of green, brown, and yellow.

Even though the 3DS was basically on the way out, Nintendo still turned the heads of many Switch owners with one of the coolest designs for a handheld console I’ve ever seen.

Pikachu and Pichu Yellow Game Boy Color

Pokemon gets a pass when it comes to obnoxious colors. Sure, this Game Boy doesn’t seem to quite understand how to use complementary colors, but at least all colors refer to something.

This system has Blue, Yellow, Green, and Red, which were the first four Pokemon games that came to Game Boy.

Again, the art surrounding the screen is fantastic and this console is a nice tribute to the Pokemon franchise and its fans.

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Pokemon Dragon King 3DS XL

If a 3DS can be badass, then this one is just that. We’ve come a long way for little Pokemon designs around Game Boy glasses.

This 3DS XL was another prize for tournament players and features some of the coolest Mega Charizard X graphics you’ll ever see. Charizard appears to be popping out of the 3DS with a massive firestorm raging in the background.

Chances are you’ll never get your hands on this bad boy, let alone ever see it in person, but it’s one of the best works of art you’ll ever see on a console. Nintendo.

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Light Game Boy Famitsu

There is nothing very complicated in this Game Boy, except the means to obtain it. These special edition Famitsu Game Boys can cost upwards of $500 depending on whether they are in their original blister packaging.

There have been tons of clear Game Boys, but there’s just something about the aesthetic of this one that trumps all the others.

For me, it’s the white buttons and the extra text on the bottom bezel indicating this is a special edition that makes this system so stylish. The white buttons and transparent plastic look ridiculously smooth.

Happy Home Designer 3DS LL

Affectionately referred to as “Poptart” by 3DS and Nintendo fans, the Happy Home Designer 3DS LL (same as the XL in the US) is one of the best looking Nintendo consoles on the market.

It earned this nickname because of its white design with furniture that looks like colored sugar on a Pop Tart.

The design is a bit cluttered, but it’s definitely Animal Crossing. It’s so colorful and sparks joy in the hearts of those who strive for a perfectly utilized space with minimal clutter.