In 2017 several news outlets reported that a US region Pikachu New 2DS XL (playable with games sold in North America) was planned to release in Southeast Asia, quoting a listing on Play-Asia. NintendoSoup did not carry this report because there was no official confirmation from our sources. It also appeared Play-Asia has removed all traces of the listing last year.
Today NintendoSoup has confirmed and verified with various sources that Active Boeki, the official distributor of Nintendo products in Southeast Asia and Middle East, has plans to release the US region Pikachu New 2DS XL in both markets. It’s scheduled to launch on January 26, the same day as the system’s release in Europe.
At the time of writing, the distributor has not started taking orders from retailers yet, but it’s come to our understanding they will be doing so in the next few days to weeks.