Nintendo fans on Club Nintendo Europe are getting a nice treat.
Starting today, a select number of fans will be eligible to purchase the new Ambassador Edition of the Nintendo 3DS. This new version of the system comes with a special, collectible cover plate, as seen above, and is currently unavailable for the rest of the world.
The system is being priced on Club Nintendo for £179.99. Only those who received a special email by Club Nintendo will be eligible to purchase the new 3DS. The systems are also going to be sold on a first come, first serve, so stock for the new systems will be limited, according to Nintendo.
There is currently no word on when the Ambassador 3DS will be released in Europe outside of this promotion. Previously, Nintendo rewarded early adopters to the system with 20 free Virtual Console games to compensate for the swift price drop back in 2011.
Regarding the selection of customers, Nintendo has confirmed that “The New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador offer is by email invitation only for selected Club Nintendo members in Europe only who fulfill a certain criteria.” The said criteria has not been disclosed at this time.
According to Eurogamer, the following is the sent email to a select few Nintendo customers.
“Dear Nintendo fan,
“We’d like to thank you, one of our most loyal customers, for all your support. To show our appreciation, we’re offering you the chance to purchase New Nintendo 3DS now, and get it before the official European launch!
“New Nintendo 3DS will be coming to Europe in 2015, bringing new customisation options, new speed, new controls, new 3D viewing and a whole new handheld gaming experience! And with this offer, you can be one of the first players in Europe to own the new system!
“For a limited time only, we’re giving you the opportunity to purchase our special New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition bundle – that includes exclusive Ambassador Cover Plates (which won’t be available anywhere else), a charging cradle, and a set of Super Smash Bros. cover plates, too! If you’d like to purchase it, you only have until 23:59 (UK time) on January 12th 2015 to take advantage of this offer.”
The email states that the offer is only available until January 12th, so Club Nintendo fans in Europe should move quickly to obtain this rare version of the system.
Over a dozen Ambassador 3DS systems have been put on the European version of Ebay, literally hours after the Ambassador editions were released for a select few on Club Nintendo.
The buy it now prices for these listings is ranging from £250 to £399.99, according to Eurogamer. Keep in mind that these 3DS systems are not in the hands of anyone selling off the system yet, as Nintendo has stated that the systems will be shipped out to buyers within the next 3-5 days.