How Much Is a Nintendo 3DS?

The Average Price of a Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS
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The Nintendo 3DS costs around $169.99 USD. At launch, it was $249.99 USD, but the price dropped on August 12, 2011.

However, that's just Nintendo's suggested retail price, so you might get lucky and find a 3DS for an even cheaper price somewhere else.

The Nintendo 3DS XL is larger than the 3DS. It has not just larger screens but also a thicker overall size with bigger buttons and Circle Pad, plus a longer lasting battery.

This is why it's a little more expensive than the 3DS, at around $199.99 for a basic model.

Where to Buy the Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo consoles can be purchased from variety of places but you'll notice that ones bundled with games or special cases will cost a little more than $169.99.

For instance, you can buy the 3DS or 3DS XL on Amazon, such as this white 3DS Super Mario 3D Land Edition. This particular device comes bundled with Super Mario 3D, so the price is a bit higher.

The Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL is also available from Toys"R"Us and Walmart.

Nintendo's website lists retailers that offer the 3DS XL (and even the Nintendo 2DS). This includes Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target.

More Information on the Nintendo 3DS

If you bought your Nintendo 3DS before August 12 and have accessed the Nintendo eShop at least once, you may qualify for the Ambassador Program. The program grants you 20 free downloadable Virtual Console games from the eShop.

That's 10 classic NES games and 10 Game Boy Advance Games.

The Nintendo 3DS isn't packed with any game cartridges, but the system itself comes preloaded with some cool stuff. For instance, each 3DS comes with six augmented reality (AR) cards. When you place these cards on a flat surface and train the 3DS's outward cameras on them, they spring to life as 3D mini-games.

Another preloaded game called Face Raiders provides simple space shooter fun by letting you take a picture of a friend or a pet, and then shoot at their visage.