Midnight Purple 3DS hitting May 20

Nintendo adding fifth color option for latest portable next month alongside release of Mario Tennis Open.

A new 3DS color is in bloom. Nintendo will release a Midnight Purple 3DS on May 20 in North America, the company announced today. The new color will arrive alongside Mario Tennis Open, the first original Mario Tennis title since 2005's Mario Tennis: Power Tour.

The 3DS color palette adds purple next month.

The Midnight Purple 3DS will retail for $170 in the United States and will become the fifth available color option for the device. Existing 3DS colors include Cosmo Black, Aqua Blue, Flame Red, and Pearl Pink.

The 3DS launched in North America in March 2011 and originally retailed for $250. Following disappointing launch sales, Nintendo implemented an aggressive price cut, shaving the system's price down to $170.

As for Mario Tennis Open, the game will make use of the 3DS's various features, allowing players to use the touch screen for shot selection and the system's gyroscopic sensor to tilt the camera and look around the court. The game will also feature local wireless play for up to four players and, for the first time in the series, online singles or doubles matches.

For more on Mario Tennis Open, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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97 comments
Phreek300
Phreek300

That is a sexy looking 3DS. I wish that had come out at launch.

Deinbeck
Deinbeck

Sweet, finally 2 analog nubs...oh...WHAT?  NO???  omg forget it.

Sandpiper121PP
Sandpiper121PP

I actually got a sneak peak at one of these in person yesterday...  and let me say this...  it is so pretty and I am sooooo  going to be getting one! :)

killjoy188
killjoy188

Might have to get this one after all...

TheCyberEntity
TheCyberEntity

Now im between the black or the purple one. Looks great purple

legoguy10
legoguy10

Wow looks very nice,however I want it in silver which they don't have

 

rock_staaaar
rock_staaaar

this is my favorite color

but there is no sign of it on amazon !!!!!! 

Roger01
Roger01

I actually like purple a lot.

Too bad it's weird for a man to have a purple 3DS =/

craigprime
craigprime

I admit, that thing looks pretty good. One thing I like about Nintendo is that they have a wide variety of colors for their systems. PS Vita: Black, Silver. 3DS: Black, Blue, Red, Pink, Purple, and plenty of Limited Edition. PS3: Black (As far as I know) Wii: White, Black, Red, Blue.

DevilRebel62
DevilRebel62

PURPLE looks so damn niceeee, but i wanna waiitt cuz they might come out with GREEN or YELLOW. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D but then again i dnt wanna wait lol

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

@Xplode_77 they are releasing a green 3ds as part of a bundle with Luigi's Mansion 2, it is kinda a dark green from the pictures I've seen of it

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

This would have been a perfect color for a Majora's Mask 3D release.

xfire709
xfire709

I got the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary 3DS and I am really happy with it but purple looks great! Very sleek.

redluigi11
redluigi11

looks like the SR3 purple its so badass i have a red 3ds

King-gamer
King-gamer

Nintendo should rename it "Gary Oak Purple" and put a picture of Gary Oak on the front. 101% best selling color. :P

Daddio93
Daddio93

I kinda like the purple. Is that unmanly of me?

Wienerman-
Wienerman-

Reminds me of the gamecube.... God, I miss that thing.

ecurl143
ecurl143

I'd love my 3DS to be in that colour - looks very nice indeed. However, even in black with silver trim, my Vita blows it out of the water as far as looks go.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Luigi's Mansion should get a Green 3DS along side it's release.

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

That looks really good. Probably the best colour choice.

Flint247
Flint247

I hope they bring the Cobalt Blue to the US. I like my Cosmo Black 3DS, but the Cobalt Blue will be my second choice. :)

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

not much for purple but that don't look bad

xath2305
xath2305

Maybe they should fix the screen scratching problem before throwing out thousands of colours. I bought the ice white wich got released just a few months ago it still gets scratches and I'm not even carrying it around. In terms of build quality the 3DS is miles behind the DSi..

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Aqua, Black, Red, Pink, White, Blue, now Purple. What's next, Green? :)

JohnMark320
JohnMark320

Rocking the Flame Red 3DS. Now if the Vita could come in red...

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

I think it actually looks pretty nice.

Raeldor
Raeldor

I'd rather they removed region locking than release new colors.

blackadder88
blackadder88

i have the red one but if thy made old gray one i like

Flint247
Flint247

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Flint247
Flint247

Midnight Purple 3DS looks great. :)

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

They should just launch with lots of colors. It takes no more effort. They just get people to buy them then buy a new color that they want.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

If they bring Japan's white one or a green one to the U.S,40% of me will die. I have the blue one which is great,and of course the new colors don't change the system at all,but green is my favorite,and the white one looked beast.Knowing I'm stuck with blue would hurt. Oh,the purple looks great by the way.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

Purple is my favorite color! I am obligated to get this for sure! I already have a black one, but ever since the day they showed a purple one at E3 last year I've been wanting one. Thank you Nintendo.

micromic
micromic

I want it, is this coming to Europe soon ? Maybe on E3 the announce it :P

JBL81
JBL81

If I ever have to replace the one I have, I'm getting this. I just wish they'd concentrate on releasing some decent games instead of the hardware.

dylan417
dylan417

I haven't played my 3DS in two monthes, waiting on Kingdom Hearts 3D...

soulless4now
soulless4now

Now I'm not sure what 3DS color to get. Oh, the decisions.

DaCool2008
DaCool2008

@AtlanticRock: "SUGAR, WATER, PURPLE!"

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

nice color i should have waited but i still love my black one

MUKUSS
MUKUSS

I wonder if nintendo will bring out a newer model of the 3ds...maybe this time adding dual thumb circle pads...make it happen nintendo:):)

Finale_Wanderer
Finale_Wanderer

I wish they bring out that Dark Blue/Cobalt Blue one Stateside already not the Teal/Turqoise one. It'd remind me of my Cobalt Blue GBA SP. It's a shame none of the newer tech/handhelds don't go see-thru anymore, too. I had a purple gameboy color. I hope the (ideal) next version of the 3DS (with a better 3D filter, 2 slide pads, 4 shoulder buttons, better battery life, etc.) comes out with a deep blue and green color.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

So now we have all but one of the pikmin colors. Red, blue, white, purple, and now all we need is yellow!

GamespotSux_IKR
GamespotSux_IKR

 @pataponplayer

 ha! Don't ya hate when they don't make the one color you want. My wife would get an orange 3DS...and never play it- XD  I'd like to get this purple one, but I'm gonna wait for the re-design,....

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

 @Roger01 I don't think it's weird =|  I think it'd only be weird for a man to own a pink one. Purple is the colour or pimps =P