Say goodbye to one of 3DS' two launch models *sniff*

Remember 3DS' launch? Remember how you could buy boring old Cosmos Black or gorgeous, sparkly, so-beautiful-it-hurts Aqua Blue? So do we. We love Aqua Blue. So imagine our horror upon learning today that Nintendo is CEASING PRODUCTION OF IT. That's right. Turns out 'Cobalt Blue' is better. Well, we'll be the judge of that, thank you. Ready to compare?

Above: Is Cobalt Blue (left) really better than Aqua Blue? No sparkles, so NO

It's only Nintendo's official Japanese site that's confirmed Aqua Blue's manufacture as ceasing, but we wouldn't be surprised to see it happen in the rest of the world too. The planet isn't big enough for two blue-hued 3DS models. Neither can live while the other survives. Rumour has it the pair had a somewhat anticlimactic showdown where Aqua Blue just sort of stopped and blew away like ashes before any kind of finishing blow could be dealt. Cobalt Blue then snapped Aqua Blue's stylus in half and threw it off the causeway, much to the disappointment of Ron Weasley.

Above: How it actually happened

So Flare Red, Misty Pink, Ice White and Cosmos Black are now the active members of the 3DS family, in Japan at least. What does it mean? Your Aqua Blue 3DS might one day become something of a collector's item. And people will look back and say 'remember when 3DS launched and it only had one circle pad built in?' And their friends will say 'yeah, it was really sparkly back then too. They don't make 'em like that any more. Let's all go to eBay and buy Aqua Blue 3DS units for hundreds of pounds'. And they will, and they'll love them. Like Cundy loves his.

Above: Look at its little power light, loving him right back. Awww

Source: Andriasang


  • badgraphix1 - May 11, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    It seems kind of weird to phase out the color used in all the current promotional material. Obviously the new ads will change it to another color, but anyway who sees an old ad might end up looking for Aqua Blue. Anyway, I liked this color and I stand by my decision of choosing this over black at launch.
  • Smash_Bro - May 11, 2012 7:17 p.m.

    But, but, but... Aqua Blue sparkles like a unicorn's hooves! (Yes, GR, I DO remember that article XD) Hm, guess my Aqua Blue ambassador 3DS could be worth something in 20 years. Not that I'd ever even consider selling it!
  • IceBlueKirby - May 11, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    I have a red one, because I didn't want the aqua blue one and black was just too...boring. I don't see this becoming a collector's item would have to be something like the Classic NES GBA SP or Famicom GBA Micro before people would actually, you know, want it that bad.
  • laurenhiya21 - May 11, 2012 1:55 p.m.

    Whaaaattt D: But Aqua Blue looks so nice :< I would get one right now if I had the money... *sigh*
  • Fuzunga - May 11, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    I always thought that color was awful. It looks ever worse in person. Death to aqua! The new blue is great!
  • bluigi - May 11, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    I got the aqua blue one, but I bought it before I actually saw it in person. when I finally got my hands on it, I was extremely disappointed in the color. It was far greener than I had expected. The pictures I had seen on magazines and online were much bluer. That being said, I like Cobalt Blue better, based on these pictures provided.
  • djwonka - January 29, 2014 6:40 a.m.

    Same thing happened to me. A more appropriate name for the color would be "teal" (or at least "aqua green"). Later on, when I saw the purple one in person, I fell in love with that color and bought one.
  • Z-man427 - May 11, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    I like my Aqua Blue 3DS. Didn't like the black. Every other electronic device I own (other than my 360) is black. Wanted something different. But being that I already bought it, it's not a big deal that it's being discontinued.
  • J-Fid - May 11, 2012 7:41 a.m.

    I KNEW I made the right decision when I chose Aqua Blue!!! Although, I really like the Cobalt one as well. Why can't we have both?
  • Hiruandan - May 11, 2012 7:11 a.m.

    I always was jealous of those who got the Zelda 3DS, well, not anymore! :D
  • rob619 - May 11, 2012 6:34 a.m.

    Aqua Blue rules!
  • SonicX_89 - May 11, 2012 5:49 a.m.

    I must admit, I rather like my Aqua Blue 3DS.
  • SouthTippBass - May 11, 2012 5:47 a.m.

    Hurrah! My 3DS is now a collectors item and offically special!
  • Cyberninja - May 11, 2012 5:18 a.m.

    Wow and I was thinking of transfering all my data to a new 3ds color but not anymore
  • SDHoneymonster - May 11, 2012 4:35 a.m.

    Throwing it out there - I prefer the darker blue. Useful contribution from me here, I know.
  • Tronto13 - May 11, 2012 4:30 a.m.

    I like this news, it makes my Aqua Blue 3DS even better :)
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - May 11, 2012 4:26 a.m.

    That picture of those 3DS dueling just made my day
  • AndresGP - May 11, 2012 3:58 a.m.

    Aqua Blue will always be the best color for a 3DS! Cobalt blue reminds me of the DS that they sold years ago.

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