Nintendo Selling “Authentic” Refurbished DS And 3DS Systems With Warranty

By Ishaan . April 27, 2013 . 4:30pm


Nintendo are now selling “authentic Nintendo refurbished products” on their online store in the U.S. (Thanks, NintendoEverything) These products, Nintendo say, have been “cleaned, tested, and inspected to meet Nintendo’s high standards” and come with a one-year warranty—the same warranty offered on new products.


These “authentic” refurbished systems are only available directly from Nintendo, who say they are “fully functional” but may feature “minor blemishes”. Here’s a list of what they currently have on sale:


Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS – $129.99

Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS w/ The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – $169.98

Metallic Rose Nintendo DSi XL -$99.99

Metallic Rose Nintendo DSi XL w/Mario Kart DS – $129.98

Midnight Blue Nintendo DSi XL -$99.99

Midnight Blue Nintendo DSi XL w/Mario Kart DS -$129.98

Midnight Purple Nintendo 3DS – $129.99

Midnight Purple Nintendo 3DS w/ The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D -$169.98


  • PinkKat

    Suddenly fake 3ds? Ninny dont state the obvious! Though for those prices I would goto local store so I see now messed up they are visually rather then playing the lucky game or buy a new one.

  • IsaacGravity

    This is an interesting move if nothing else. Guess this is good for those who want a secondary/back-up system but if its my first one I’d rather just toss in the additional 40 bucks and buy it new.

  • Accept no imitations.

  • Coeurl

    I suspect those are the 3DS systems that were sent in due to scratches from the bottom screen.Had to do something with them, I suppose.

    • That’s what I was gonna say. ='(

    • Sekai-jin

      I use one of those screen anti scratch protector for both upper screen and the touch screen, so far it is doing great for me.

      • Coeurl

        I bought some from amazon but they sent me to bottom protectors instead of a top and bottom. I said, ‘screw it! The screen scratch problem has probably been fixed by now. This is the LOZ edition after all. Surely they’ve fix the issue already.’

        …Nope. Really burns my biscuits that no one noticed this design flaw before shipping them all out.

  • TimeMaster

    I expected old Nintendo systems being refurbished for some reason before I read the whole title. Like an NES or N64 up for sale that they refurbished.

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      I’d have been all over that. A refurbished SNES coming from Nintendo? Yes please~.

  • fireemblembeast

    Lol Nintendo’s like “Suck it, Gamestop”

  • None of the links in this post work for me (and all of them seem to point to the same URL).

  • Lazulis

    My friend got the LoZ 3DS for like $80 used at Gamestop.

    Beat that Nintendo. Also, the links don’t work for me?

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Not sure if you noticed yet, but none of these are the LoZ 3DS system, just 3DS systems w/ LoZ OoT 3D.
      From past experience with Nintendo’s Online Store, it’s a bit iffy and weird. Just delete everything after the .com and it should take you to the home of the store. The refurbished section should be on the front/home page

      • Lazulis

        I was saying that the LoZ 3DS for $80 is way better than the stuff they’re offering… :/ like obviously I see that. I’d rather a LoZ 3DS for 80 then a normal 3DS for $130…

  • Anonymous


  • I think they’re just taking a page from Apple’s book, who’ve been selling refurbs for years. Smart, but on the other hand not much cheaper than ongoing 3DS sales.

  • $36598391

    meh no DS lites

    • DCBlackbird

      sorry to break it to you man but you won’t be seeing those for…….some time

  • ZekeFreek

    Could be cheaper, but not bad.

  • Nintendo getting smart with hardware, odd.

    The only problem I see is they really need to quit charging premium, just came out prices for their games that are older than 6 months. They have half the hubris of Sony in that regard, in that they are willing to lower hardware prices, but not software, because they know Nintendo brand sells games and they won’t take advantage of that to make people lap up games like mad after a price cut.

  • Barrylocke89

    On one hand, I could probably find a cheaper 3ds elsewhere.

    On the other hand, I imagine that I would have less issues with a handheld from Nintendo themself.

    …But on the third hand (I have three hands?!) I’ve never had any issues with a used console. Sorry Nintendo.

    • Sekai-jin

      It is were me, I will pick Nintendo second hand, as the quality inspector is Nintendo itself, they know better what they dealing with, and I imagine the one year warranty is much easier to claim from the product creator itself, than a second party.

      I prefer to play it safe, I guess.

  • XypherCode

    Interesting move.

  • Pichi

    Good move, especially for rare colors.

  • puchinri

    Oh la la, I like this~.
    I am tempted to pick up a DSi from them. I will keep an eye out for other 3DS’s though.

  • TheExile285

    meh, no 3DS XL

    I guess I’ll just buy it new since i don’t like GS

  • I want a purple 3ds soooooooo bad, too bad they aren’t GODDAMN REGION FREE >:[…..

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