Does the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL Come Packed With a Game?

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The basic Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL models are not packed with a game, though they do come pre-installed with software and mini-games like Face Raiders. You can also hop directly over to the Nintendo 3DS eShop as soon as the handheld is out of the box (provided you have a Wi-Fi connection) and download one of the many games available. There are all kinds of genres at your disposal at different prices, so you’re sure to find instant gratification.

There are, however, several system-and-game Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL bundles that come with a game. There is, for example, a Nintendo 3DS model that comes pre-loaded with a copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening (a digital copy of the game, not a physical, boxed game card). You can also buy Nintendo 3DS XL bundles that are packed with physical copies of New Super Mario Bros 2 and Mario Kart 7.

There are unique bundles available in Europe and Japan too, so shop around! Don’t forget that the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL are both region-locked, meaning locally-bought games won’t function properly (or at all) on systems bought outside your region.

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