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Preorder Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer ⊟ 

I’m not sure if $39.99 is its final price since this has a budget tag in Japan (Amazon automatically charges you the lower amount if it marks the list price down), but I was surprised by how much there is to do in this game, based on Nintendo Treehouse’s live stream at E3.

Presumably Amazon will also put up the Happy Home Designer bundle that also includes the NFC Reader/Writer accessory eventually.

PREORDER Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Isabelle Nendoroid
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Super Famicom box art design. 

What you see here are some good examples of japanese graphic design in videogames. While in Europe and America Super Nintendo box art was limited by black frames and closed templates, in Japan packaging designers had a good amount of freedom for displaying images and typography in a large rectangular canvas.

If you want to know more about the differences between japanese and occidental Super Nintendo game boxes you can read a good article in Super Famicom Guy blog. He’s also the author of these pics, follow him on Instagram for more of them.

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Super Mario Maker packaging ⊟ 

All of the sudden, this is the Wii U game I’m most excited about getting? It releases on September 11 and will come with a ~100-page booklet "that illustrates the boundless possibilities in Super Mario Maker.“

The bottom product shots are from the European release! Here’s a wild two-minute trailer for Super Mario Maker if you missed it earlier.

PREORDER Super Mario Maker
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New 3DS and Cover Plates packaging ⊟

I love that New 3DS box for Japan! It’s curious that of all the system’s new features and improvements (extra analog input and buttons, built-in NFC/Amiibo support, faster CPU, etc.), the box’s design and word balloon are dedicated to advertising the handheld’s swappable cover plates. The boxes for the New 3DS XLs, which don’t let you change the covers, are more boring traditional.

Also notice that the packaging for the cover plates (now listed at Amazon Japan) has text for other languages, indicating these will eventually come to the West. Thanks to @Lite_Agent and @NintendoTweet for the pics!

IMPORT New Nintendo 3DS White / Black (3DS XL Blue / Black)