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The New Nintendo 3DS is finally coming to North America this fall

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Nintendo will release the New Nintendo 3DS, the smaller version of its new handheld that features interchangeable cover plates, in North America on Sept. 25 as part of a special bundle with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, the company announced today.

The bundle will include Happy Home Designer, two cover plates and one amiibo card and will retail for $219.99.

Nintendo of America started selling the New Nintendo 3DS XL stateside in February, but unlike other regions, didn't bring over the smaller version of the new handheld — which includes colorful Super Famicom-style face buttons. The New Nintendo 3DS line of handhelds include more powerful processors and a built-in NFC reader.

Nintendo announced today it will sell the separate, stand-alone NFC reader accessory — which is compatible with original Nintendo 3DS and 2DS models — starting Sept. 25 for $19.99.

Additionally, Nintendo will release a GameStop-exclusive version of its larger New Nintendo 3DS XL handheld. The "Hyrule Edition" New Nintendo 3DS XL system will be released on Oct. 30 for $199.99. The new gold-colored system will launch a week after The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, which arrives Oct. 23.

Here's a peek at the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer New Nintendo 3DS bundle.

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