Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo's limited edition console comes with removable cover and back plates. Nintendo

This morning (6 January, 2015) Nintendo announced a special Ambassador Edition of its 3DS handheld which would be made available to select members of its Club Nintendo community.

Available via Club Nintendo for £179.99, the limited edition bundle has already found its way onto eBay, with some Buy It Now options in the range of £250 to £399.99.

A screengrab from eBay.

Nintendo refused to detail how they selected who would be able to purchase the Ambassador Edition when asked by Eurogamer.

One listing has already generated 19 bids in just a few hours. The current winning bid is £215.00.

Those ordering the console through Nintendo have been told to expect to receive their console - a variation of the new 3DS XL (2014 model) set to go on sale in the coming months for £159.99 – within seven working days.

The new 3DS XL includes a better 3D screen, increased processing power, and a smaller second analogue stick. The console has already launched in Japan and Australia. There's no word yet on a specific UK release date.

One of the eBay listings for an Ambassador Edition reads: "Hello lucky people. Here I am offering one lucky buyer what was my opportunity to purchase the new Nintendo 3DS consoles before its official European launch."

Twelve consoles are currently for sale on the auction site.