Gaming

Nintendo Detalis the 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition

A little Hylian style

Hylian Shield Editionnintendo

GameStop will be launching a new Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition on July 2 for $159. The special edition was designed to resemble Link’s iconic Hylian Shield from The Legend of Zelda series, and comes pre-loaded with the critically acclaimed adventure The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The new handheld is sure to sellout fast, then hit eBay for outrageous prices, so keep an eye on Gamestop for more details.

“The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” is a sequel to the popular Super NES game “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past”. In the game, Link must once again save the kingdom of Hyrule from an evil force by transforming into a living painting and crossing into a dark parallel world.

The new Nintendo 2DS XL will play the entire library of Nintendo 3DS games, but instead of offering a 3D option, the device plays in 2D. With two large screens and built-in amiibo support, it’s the ideal portable system for anyone – especially ones looking to dive into The Legend of Zelda series for the first time.

The new 2DS was announced just before this year’s big E3 event. This year Nintendo will be offering two competitive gaming tournaments during the event. The Splatoon 2 World Championship and Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 will run June 11-12 at the Belasco Theater at 1050 S. Hill St. in Los Angeles. The event will be just one of Nintendo’s activities during the E3 video game trade show, which runs June 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

On June 11th, fans can start lining up at the theater for a chance to receive a wristband that will grant them access to watch the opening rounds of the Splatoon 2 World Championship. Space within the venue is limited and fewer than 500 attendees will be admitted into the event. Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. The doors are scheduled to open at 2:30 p.m., followed by the opening rounds starting at 3:30 p.m. Those who are not able to watch the competition in person can still catch all the action on the livestream.

The next day, June 12th, fans can line up to receive a badge for the Splatoon 2 World Championships finals and Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018. Each of the competitors in the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 tournament will be playing the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch system for the first time at this event. All the Super Smash Bros. action will be called by announcers Jordan Kent, VikkiKitty, Vish and TKbreezy.

“These competitions feature some of the top players from around the world, and they always put on an amazing show,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Each day of the event will feature fun giveaways, and fans are encouraged to dress up and show their Nintendo spirit. Be sure to get there early on both days.”

Attendees who are My Nintendo members can check in with their My Nintendo QR Code to receive a gift item, while supplies last. Gift items will be different for each day: The June 11 gift is a Splatoon 2 World Championship Pop Socket, and the June 12 gift is a set of three pins (featuring the Nintendo Switch logo, the My Nintendo logo and a special mystery pin). Giveaway items are limited to one per My Nintendo member per day. Learn more here.