For decades, Nintendo’s gaming systems have been go-to products to purchase during Black Friday. Many people have some kind of memory of unwrapping a brand new Nintendo console during the holiday season. The best part of Nintendo products is the fact that they’re so widely beloved, by kids and adults alike. Arguably Nintendo’s most successful product at the moment is the Nintendo 3DS, which is their latest handheld system. They’re generally pretty affordable (being a handheld and all), but as you can imagine, Black Friday makes them even more affordable than normal.
Nintendo games are also well-known for being kind of expensive — it takes a very, very long time for them to drop in price. Black Friday is honestly the one time of year when you can truly count on the price of Nintendo 3DS games dropping to a slightly more reasonable price. In this article, I’m going to be talking a little bit about some of the best Nintendo 3DS-related deals that are being offered during Black Friday in 2016. I’ll try to cover both system and game deals, and I’ll also try to cover deals that are available across a wide variety of stores, too. This way, hopefully everyone will be able to find a deal that meets their exact needs! Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of these gaming deals.
Nintendo 3DS System Deals:
- From Best Buy: New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition for $99.99. This popular Nintendo 3DS Black Friday deal sells you a regular New Nintendo 3DS in either black or white. The handheld will also come with a Super Mario-themed face plate, and the color matches whatever color handheld you chose.
- From Target: New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition for $99.99. This deal from Target is identical to the one from Best Buy that I mentioned before. You have a choice of color and you receive face plates as a bonus. Keep in mind, however, that the New Nintendo 3DS is not sold with an AC adapter. If you don’t own one already, you may want to pick one up somewhere.
- From Walmart: New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario White or Black Edition for $99.00. No, that isn’t a typo. Walmart is actually going to be selling this handheld for a whopping 99 cents less than their competitors! If something like this really matters to you, then you need to get down to Walmart as soon as you can, on Thanksgiving evening! I imagine that this one will go fast.
Nintendo 3DS Game Deals:
- From Meijer: Select Nintendo 3DS Games for $19.99 – $29.99. This selection includes Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, Mario Kart 7, and Kirby Planet Robobot. These games usually sell for between $29.99 and $39.99, so although the deal here is nothing earth-shattering, it’s still well worth your time and attention.
- From PC Richard & Son: Buy 2 Nintendo 3DS Games for $39.99 and get a free $15 gift card. This is less of a deal and more of a promotion, but I figure it still deserves a mention. Basically, this means that if you buy two 3DS games at full price, then you will receive a free $15 gift card from PC Richard & Son. It’s admittedly not great, but it’s better than nothing!
- From Target: Select Nintendo 3DS Games for $25 each. This deal includes Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon X, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, and Kirby Planet Robobot. Those two Pokemon games are the standout among the group. Although a price drop is expected considering the recent release of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, this is still a great deal that I think any fans of the series should jump on.
- From Nintendo: Various Discounts on Select eShop Games. This sale takes place exclusively over Nintendo’s digital eShop platform, and it includes games like Fire Emblem Awakening ($19.99), Mario & Luigi: Dream Team ($19.99), Monster Hunter Generations ($23.99), Mega Man Legacy Collection ($7.49), Kirby Fighters Deluxe ($3.49), Hyrule Warriors Legends ($27.99), and Project X Zone 2 ($19.99), among many others. There are some real classics in this set, so if you don’t already own them, now is a good time to start.
- From GameStop: Various Discounts on Select 3DS Games. The primary discounts here are on LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is $5 off at $14.99, and Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, which is $10 off at $29.99. GameStop doesn’t have very many “excellent” Nintendo 3DS deals this year for whatever reason, but these two discounts are still alright.
Nintendo products may usually be kind of expensive, but as you can see, this Black Friday deal makes that a lot less of an issue. Most big box retailers will be selling the New Nintendo 3DS for $99.99, but it seems as if Target has the added bonus of selling a good assortment of discounted physical games, too. If you’re not above buying digital games, the Nintendo eShop will be selling quite a few Nintendo 3DS classics at a drastically reduced price. (Discounted physical Nintendo games are rare, and significant digital discounts are even moreso.) Although Target may have the best overall set-up, it looks like the popularity of this handheld means that most stores will have some decent Nintendo 3DS Black Friday deals.
When it comes to buying anything on Black Friday, there comes a point when comparing deals becomes less important than examining your own priorities. A large aspect of Black Friday shopping is assembling a schedule over the course of the day, and I hope that this article provides you with the information that you need to fit buying a Nintendo 3DS game or system into yours. Even if you decide not to buy this future classic system during your shopping this year, I still hope that you’re able to find exactly what it is that you’re looking for during your Black Friday shopping. Happy bargain hunting!