It’s easy for us to go shopping for a refurbished Nintendo handheld at stores and auction houses, but not if we’re looking for a huge bargain: small discounts and dodgy quality often make it wiser to buy new instead.
Nintendo has just offered us some better reasons to scrimp and save by quietly offering both the DSi XL and 3DS through its refurb shop. The used (and occasionally bruised) systems respectively start at $100 and $130, or $30 and $40 less than they’d normally cost — enough to justify splurging on a game or two. While the selection is currently scarce, we’ll set that qualm aside when everything gets the same year-long warranty as a new unit. About the only debate left is whether or not we’re looking for a dedicated game machine in the first place.