Nintendo selling refurbished portables below GameStop rates

Mario maker now offering cleaned and tested DS and DSi XL units with one-year warranty online, undercutting GameStop's prices.

Nintendo is now selling refurbished 3DS and DSi XL portables through its online store, with offers beginning at $99 and scaling to $170 for software bundles. Notably, Nintendo's prices are as much as $30 below what GameStop charges and are only available in the United States and Canada.

The secondhand units come with a one-year warranty and have been cleaned, tested, and inspected to "meet Nintendo's high standards." They are sold directly through Nintendo and are guaranteed to be fully functional, though "minor cosmetic blemishes" may exist.

Available refurbished units include $99 Metallic Rose or Midnight Blue DSi XLs, or in the same colors with Mario Kart DS packed in for $130.

Those in the market for a 3DS can grab an Aqua Blue or Midnight Purple system for $130, or a bundle with the same color units and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for $170.

The prices Nintendo is offering are below what GameStop charges for refurbished units. The retailer's price for a standard refurbished 3DS unit is $160, while DSi XL units go for $110.

A GameStop representative was not immediately to comment.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Shinobi120
Shinobi120

I wonder if Sony themselves sells their home gaming consoles & their gaming handhelds as well. If so, what's the site for it?

Also, 3rd party publishers needs to do what Nintendo's doing for used copies of retail games as well, instead of trying to eliminate the used gaming market. It would be a win-win for them, especially against Gamestop.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

lol both prices suck. bought my dsi new for less than 100 lmao. 

Yondaro
Yondaro

Sony should do the same for Vita. Very smart idea. I hate gamestop. Selling used games for $5 less then new. Get real and kiss my ass. If it ain't at least a $20 differential, I ain't buying it used. Thats like trying to sell a used car for only $1,000 less than new. Who would actually buy that?


But I might get myself a 3DS...

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

Wow Nintendo makes some questionable decisions sometimes but this isn't one of them lol 99 bucks for a 3DSXL with the same warranty/accessories you would get with a new one? Really what's the downside? I think I'll be buying a 3DS now ;p

SS4kronos33
SS4kronos33

GOOD NOW I KNOW WHERE I CAN GET ANOTHER ZELDA 3DS BUNDLE FOR A LOT CHEAPER.I CHECKED THE PRICES ON AMAZON YESTERDAY AND THE CHEAPEST ONE I SAW WAS $600

MVM69
MVM69

Very smart move by Nintendo.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

This is fantastic. Nintendo, please bring this to Britain too.

Elann2008
Elann2008

Even their refurbished and clearance prices are rip-offs.  Gamestop sucks.

hunter8man
hunter8man

Maybe now this will get those Gamestop shoppers to see proof that they are getting ripped off everytime they step into that horrid place. I hope it's finally the beginning of the end of those crooks.

Riddick123
Riddick123

LOL @ Gamestop.  Where you can purchase a used game for 5 bucks less than a new one.  My favorite part is their trade in policy.  We'll give you 30 extra percent for your trade ins.  A whole dollar or so on my 5 dollar trade in they sell for 50 bucks.  Good job Nintendo.  And no, I don't trade games in at Gamestop.  I keep all mine.


raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Refurbished DS Lites? anyone? 

Smart move by Nintendo though. it is about time the publishers / manufacturers figured out how to cut out the middleman.

Heirren
Heirren

Now this is the way to combat the "used game" ordeal.

Daian
Daian

Hahaha, screw Gamestop, they freaking sell used games and hardware barely cheaper than new ones.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

I'm happy someone is doing something about the used game market and who knows if it works maybe Microsoft and Sony will do it too

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

I don't blame Nintendo for fighting the used market. GameStop needs some competition especially when they sell a used 3DS for only $10 cheaper than a brand new one.

Benficafan_101
Benficafan_101

THIS is how you do used games/consoles. If you want to stop used games sales,sell your own games that are used and it fixes a lot of problems 

franzito
franzito

I still have my indigo DS.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Yeahhh I'm just gonna wait for the 3D-less 3DS to come out.

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

Kind of funny when you think about it.  Now nintendo will get paid twice for the same unit every time they sell a used one.  More if they get the same unit back multiple times.  Great scam Nintendo, keep it up!

visionedorange
visionedorange

nintendo's high quality my ass, I went through fricken 4 3ds xl's within less than a week of owning each one, i kept gettin back consoles with factory defects like dust under the screen, dead pixels, and then the last one the bottom screen scratched the top screen to shit, at which point i said fuck it and got the 4th replaceent and sold all that cheap super low quality crap

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@SS4kronos33 I cry everytime I remember that it was (I believe) less than $200 on Black Friday 2011 and I didn't buy it.

zeekybookydoog
zeekybookydoog

@Heirren You seem to have placed your quotes around the wrong words:

used game "ordeal."

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

@hydrobeast Or at least doing something to combat the used market that isn't completely and utterly anti-consumerist BS that no one at all appreciates.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@HowlPendragon  A broken 3D feature should lower the price by a lot.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@HowlPendragon  

Why not do like me.  Buy a 3DS and turn off the 3D youll also get a high frame rate then with the 3D on.

elheber
elheber

@devild0ogwhite Nintendo isn't in the buy-back business. Customers got free replacements for returning a busted DS/3DS systems under warranty. Nintendo isn't making money on buying and selling used, they're losing money on replacing defective units and partially recuperating some of that on selling refurbished. Though I assume logic doesn't work on you.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@visionedorange I've always wondered why certain people seem to be prone to having "defective" merchandise. Is it terrible luck? Or are these people butter fingers that drop their console the second they get it and try to say it came with that scratch?


Obviously defects exist. But the amount you have witnessed is really pointing me towards you contributing to some of these problems.

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

@visionedorange You sir, must have some truly terrible luck.  I've purchased one 3ds XL when it launched and so far have had not a single issue with it.  Maybe Nintendo has an old grudge with you?

SS4kronos33
SS4kronos33

i dont know abou it being under $200 because mine cost $350 from amazon.i only discovered it on amazon by checking out games on amazon on my break at work.i just decided to see if there was a zelda 3ds bundle by fooling around and typing it in just for the hell of it and wham look what pops up...zelda 3ds bundle.so i bought it the next day.i did get my zelda ds on black friday for under $200....$169.99 to be exact and that was by luck since that walmart my mom went to only had 5 in the whole store and the rest were some pink ds bundle with either a peach or kirby game i dont remember.i only wanted the zelda ds so i had her get it because i had no intention of getting up at 4am.later when my mom got home my friend had the nerve to ask me if he could play it.i laughed at him and said no how noway is anyone ever touching or playing this ds ever.it is a limited edition and who knows how many were made and i dont want it jacked up.i now say the same thing for my zelda 3ds.at some point in the near future i am going to buy another zelda ds and 3ds bundle and keep them sealed and displayed with the 2 open ones in front of the box.then i will buy another ds and 3ds to play along with a DSi XL and 3DS XL as my main handhelds.this way nothing happens to my zelda ds/3ds.

IF I WERE YOU I WOULD GET IT AS SOON AS YOU CAN .who knows how long it will last

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@hatieshorrer @HowlPendragon Oh no doubt I would do that, but I'd still be paying for that useless gimmick of a "feature".

The technology that creates the 3D effect factors greatly into the cost for the 3DS. Its the reason they started it off at a price of $250. Hell I'd pay $150 for a 3DS without the 3D. 

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

@elheber @devild0ogwhite Even if it was a simple buy-back, it's not like Nintendo is doing anything wrong. The person that sold it still benefits, the person that buys it pre-owned still benefits, and Nintendo benefits. I don't see the problem.

aMichaelm
aMichaelm

@HowlPendragon @jellyman68 @hatieshorrer I'm just trying to make the point that the 3D feature is pointless, and I won't pay for a product that supports it.

That's so stupid.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@mlcarter815 @HowlPendragon Damn right! :p

Lol, I'm just saying. I'm not the average consumer who buys a phone and never uses it to its full potential.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@jellyman68 What do you mean by last minute? Planning and installing take months and years.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@jellyman68 @HowlPendragon @hatieshorrer Luckily I'm not "most people" and actually have my phone rooted and am constantly changing roms. But back on topic, I'm just trying to make the point that the 3D feature is pointless, and I won't pay for a product that supports it.

Unfortunately my PS3 does, but I need that, lol.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@HowlPendragon@hatieshorrerIt's hilarious that people get so fixated on the 3D.  

Did you know that the 3D was actually a last minute addition to the 3DS, and adds about $10 in total to the price? It's really not a big deal. I'd have missed out on every single games console ever if I was purchasing based on whether or not it had a minor feature that bumped up the price by a tiny amount. I'm guessing you don't have a smartphone either, as they have hundreds of features and bits of hardware that most people will never use, but they increase the price.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

@HowlPendragon did you read the article? it says you can get one a $130 3DS from Nintendo with one year warranty. Or you can get a new one for $150. If you want XL you pay $200.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@hatieshorrer @HowlPendragon I get that. I'm just saying, I'm not gonna pay more money for a feature that I'm just gonna leave switched  off.

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

@Devil_wings00 @Lambchopzin @elheber @devild0ogwhite From where I stand it sounds like we agree, so I'm not sure why you are so upset.

Essentially yes, I am commending Nintendo for finding an elegant solution that helps everybody win (aside from used games retailers, I suppose).

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

@Lambchopzin @elheber @devild0ogwhite There isn't anything wrong with buying ANYTHING used, gaming or otherwise. God I'm so sick of hearing the fricken brainwashing BS the poor kids of today get fed by corporations. It isn't our responsibility to help them get a better bottom line. On topic this is a smart move from nintendo to combat used hardware sales without resorting to anti-consumer BS tactics. A company actually doing something intelligent to help their OWN bottom line without resorting to whining about how bad it is for them if only we would stop trying to be fiscally responsible should be rewarded.