Eventually, when something doesn’t seem to go back up in price, it might be inaccurate to keep calling it a “sale.” However, the extremely handsome Nintendo 3DS XL Super NES Edition remains Nintendo’s only 3DS XL product retailing on Amazon for $149.99. So, sale it is.
While Nintendo themselves appear to have moved on from 3D, those still preferring the 3DS’s 1,000+ games in the dimension they were originally intended to be enjoyed through should take note. Comparatively, the third-dimension-deficient 2DS XL is also currently listed at $149.99 on Amazon. So, you’re getting an extra dimension (and a free game) for the same price, people (not including the AC adapter you’ll have to buy separately)! Other major retailers, including Game Stop, Best Buy and Target, still list the 3DS XL at its original $199.99. You can grab a 2DS XL without a pack-in game for $129.99 at Target, however.
Is the 3DS XL Super NES Edition’s $50 discount permanent? There is nothing official from Nintendo or Amazon suggesting that. However, other than a brief return to its regular $199.99 price last month, the model has stayed at $149.99 pretty much since it dropped during Amazon Prime Day in July. How long will it last? Who knows? Do you want to take that risk? That sweet 16-bit design and timelessly-enjoyable Super Mario Kart continue to taunt me, daring me to leap into the mysterious third dimension.
Meanwhile, anyone who is not a size queen can save even more dough by picking up the criminally-inexpensive original 2DS for only $79.99. Which will you choose?
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He’s written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.