Nintendo 3DS coming Sunday; retailers offering trade-in discounts

Nintendo 3DS (blue)

Nintendo is on the verge of launching its new Nintendo 3DS hand-held gaming system, which will be one of the first consumer products to include 3D display technology that doesn’t require the use of awkward 3D glasses. The systems go on sale March 27, 2011—yes, we’re aware that’s Sunday—but Nintendo and its partners are hosting a number of Saturday launch events so consumers can get their hands on their 3DS systems starting at midnight. And a number of retailers are hoping to offset the standard retail price of $250 by offering discounts on trade-ins of older Nintendo DS handhelds.

Nintendo itself will be hosting its official launch event in New York City at Best Buy in Union Square; Nintendo 3DS “sampling” will happen from 12 noon through 8 PM, and at 9 PM NIntendo will kick off the formal launch party, with sales starting promptly at midnight. The event should run through 2 AM, and the company will be providing live entertainment, supplies of branded giveaways, hosting demos, and making sure plenty of food trucks are parked nearby.

Not to be outdone, GameStop will be hosting launch events of its own, opening more than 800 of its retail stores at 12:01 AM March 27 to give gamers a crack at the new system. For folks balking at the $250 price tag, GameStop will also be offering $50 to $100 credits toward the purchase of a new Nintendo 3DS system for folks who trade in a used Nintendo DS Lite, DSi, or DSI XL system.

Mega-retailer Walmart doesn’t want to be left out of the mix either: Walmart says it will have the Nintendo 3DS available in all its stores and online on launch day, but Walmart customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina get a special treat: they can trade in up to two used Nintendo DS systems for $100 credit apiece towards the purchase of a Nintendo 3DS. Walmart plans to run the trade-in promotion through April 30, or while supplies last.


The Epic Games store is already luring indie studios away from Steam

The Epic Games Store is less than a week old, but it's already making waves among indie studios. Multiple studios have announced that their games will be timed exclusives on the Epic Games Store, with one studio forgoing Steam completely.

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for December 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles, as well as bundles that feature games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

PS4 vs. Switch: After weighing the pros and cons, which one comes out on top?

Nintendo Switch versus PlayStation 4: Which one has better overall value? We break down the pros and cons of each platform to tell you which of these consoles is truly worth the money.

The most common Nintendo 3DS problems, and how to fix them

The Nintendo 3DS has seen its fair share of issues since it launched in 2011, including poor battery life and fragile Circle Pads. Here are some of the most common, as well as the steps you can take to solve them.

Bundle up for the huge ‘Monster Hunter: World’ expansion coming in 2019

Monster Hunter: World is getting a major expansion in fall 2019 called Iceborne. The expansion will be similar in scope as the Ultimate versions of previous Monster Hunter games, featuring new quests, monsters, weapons, and armor.
Product Review

‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ is an ode to gaming that lives up to its name

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a loving tribute to Nintendo and video game history. It’s a terrific multiplayer fighter that also has plenty for single-player fans to love this time around.

How to keep a PS4 in your pocket with the PlayStation Mobile app

Sony built the PlayStation 4 with smartphone and mobile integration in mind. Take a look at our guide for connecting your smartphone or tablet to a PS4, so you can browse profiles, trophies, and other content directly on your mobile device.

Play ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ the best way with a Switch GameCube controller

If you're a longtime Super Smash Bros. player, then you know there's only one true way to play. Alongside the recent launch of the new 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,' Nintendo has brought back the iconic GameCube controller.

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.

Check out the best Green Monday deals for those last-minute gifts

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance of finding a great deal. We're talking about Green Monday, of course, and it falls on December 10.

Itching to fight in an online match with friends in 'SSB Ultimate'? Here's how

You can play online against your friends in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it isn't quite as simple as you might expect from a multiplayer game in 2018. Here's how you can do so using the Battle Arena system.

PlayStation Classic hacked in less than a week to play games via USB drive

Hackers have already managed to crack the PlayStation Classic, with programs now available to allow users to play additional original PlayStation games on the system via a USB drive.

‘Fortnite’ adds sword from ‘Infinity Blade,’ which disappears from App Store

Epic Games has added the Infinity Blade melee weapon to Fortnite just as it pulled all three games in the Infinity Blade trilogy from sale. The games are still available to download if you bought them.