Nintendo 3DS: is it worth buying?

Should you consider investing in Nintendo’s pint-sized console?

June 3, 2013
Nintendo 3DS feature

Portable gaming is for some and not for others, however, if you’re looking to finally pick up a 3DS (or 3DS XL) handheld console, MyGaming has rounded up the best prices retailers have to offer.

We had a look at the 3DS standard and 3DS XL versions, along with certain bundles that specific retailers are offering. We also had a look at the current game library for the console to see if it warrants a purchase.

Other retailers were considered and looked at, however, their prices were either outdated or the product out of stock.

Please note: These prices are correct at time of posting.

Retailer Nintendo 3DS edition, extras Price
Animeworx Nintendo 3DS (standard) R1,999.00
Nintendo 3DS XL R2,349.00
Takealot Nintendo 3DS (standard) R1,999.00
Nintendo 3DS XL R2,299.00
Nintendo 3DS bundle – console + Super Mario Land R2,399.00
Nintendo 3DS bundle – console + Nintendogs Golden Retriever R2,399.00
BT Games Nintendo 3DS Limited Edition (Pikachu vinyl) R1999.90
Nintendo 3DS XL R2,249.90
Kalahari Nintendo 3DS (standard) R1999.95
Nintendo 3DS XL R2,199.95
Nintendo 3DS bundle – console + Super Mario Land R2,295.00
Nintendo 3DS bundle: console + New Super Mario Bros. 2 + Marshall Minor headphones R1,999.95

As for the games, there aren’t loads worth playing, but there are a handful that are impressive on the system. These include Super Mario Land 3D, New Super Mario Bros 2, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Resident Evil: Revelations, Scribblenauts: Unlimited, Rayman Origins, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirrors of Fate.

These games retail for between R300 – R480, but there are used-game stores that will have these titles.

There are also some other potentially great games still to come, such as Pokemon X and Y, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Batman: Arkham Origins, Blackgate, and Monster Hunter 4.


The 3DS is hitting a relatively low price bracket now, retailing at just under R2,000 for the standard editions.

The device itself is fun to play, and the 3D effects have always worked well, however, it’s the longevity of the game library that will deem if the 3DS is worth purchasing.

Most Nintendo games appeal to a huge audience, however, many don’t. If you enjoy the Super Mario or Zelda franchises, there will always be a multitude of games to play on the system; but if you’re more of a console or PC gamer (playing FPSs, and other fast-paced action games), you may not have enough to keep you occupied.

We recently compared prices for the PS Vita, which we found the cheapest option to be under R2,000:  PS Vita – is it worth buying?

More 3DS news:

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: a better monkey

SA Nintendo eShop launches

Nintendo guilty of 3D patent infringement

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