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 installed with software and mini-games like Face Raiders.

Visit the Nintendo 3DS eShop to download one of the many games available through that platform. The eShop offers a variety of free and paid games in many different game genres, so you'll be able to start playing without having to go to a game store to select a title.

However, several specialty system-and-game Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL bundles do ship with a game. For example, a Nintendo 3DS model ships 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.

Bundles vary in Europe and Japan too, so shop around! As new games are introduced for the platform, Nintendo may release new special bundles as a product tie-in or to support a hyped new release.

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.