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[Answered] New N3DS OR Second Hand 3DS?
Old 07-21-2015, 01:04 PM
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Default New N3DS OR Second Hand 3DS?

Hello all,

I was wondering what disadvantages (currently) exist when buying a second hand 3DS/N3DS as to a completely new off-the-shelf retail console. I've searched around and found some unclear answers and I would like some help to clear things up. Some other things listed I believe I have already found answers to, but I wouldn't mind an updated answer to reflect the changes Nintendo has done over the years.

Also bare in mind that I have never owned any Nintendo systems so please be forgiving.
**The second hand consoles are being sold on a website as I do not have Gamestop or any well-known stores so I am unable to review them before purchase.**

Things such as:
Q1. Can I reset the second hand console and take complete ownership? (Things like NNID, eShop, register the console again under a new name etc)
Q2. What should I look out for when buying a second hand console? (Stylus, Chargers, Codes and other stuff included in the package and receipts etc)
Q3. Should I take into account the age and the system version of the second hand console? (Is old bad? and is it updatable?)
Q4. I heard some 3DS's have their online features disabled due to some users pirating etc, can I re-enable those features somehow if I was unlucky enough to get one? (Whether it'd be through contacting Nintendo or other methods. This is because I plan to play pokemon and it would be great to be able to trade and stuff)
Q5. 3DS vs N3DS? Second hand or New? (I am on a tight budget for gaming which is why I am trying to cut corners).

I understand that you also lose the games from the previous owners' account upon resetting the console and Club Nintendo has been discontinued. If you have any concerns to add or advice, please educate me with lots of details.

Thank you.

Last edited by Cranky Crank Cranked; 07-22-2015 at 06:23 AM.
Old 07-21-2015, 06:27 PM
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Answer 1: Yes, there's an option to format the system memory

Answer 2: Each 3DS was shipped with a charger, a stylus, a set of 6 AR cards in a yellow sleeve, a 2GB SD card and of course a manual. I'd look to get those if I were you. Though out of those, the cards should be the hardest to replace(they aren't used for much though and you can even scan them from an image on your phone/PC) and the manuals can also be found online.

Answer 3: Well, if the 3DS is in good condition then it shouldn't matter how old it is. Mine is 4 years old and if I told you I bought brand new a week ago you'd believe me Look for scratches and and scathing around the system to see what condition it's in. Also I'd test wi-fi, the cameras, audio port, charging port and speakers if I were you, just to be safe.
The system itself will usually prompt you with new system software updates and you can also manually update through the settings app.

Answer 4: I can't really help with this. Perhaps you could try asking the owner to check it can work online with one of his/her games?

Answer 5: If it's in good condition I don't see why not go with a secondhand one. The only "drawback" is that it might not be under warranty if the owner had if it for a year or two. Personally I never had any issues with my own 3DS and it was one of the early supposedly "problematic" models.
As for 3DS vs N3DS, the obvious answer would be N3DS, though it really largely depends on the games you want to play and whether or not you really need that c-stick. There's an accessory for the 3DS that adds the second stick and extra buttons though few games use those really. What you should know though is that there's already been an exclusive game for the N3DS, Xenoblade, which cannot run on a regular 3DS and therefore there might be more out in the future.

If you have any other questions about the 3DS or even the answers I gave you feel free to ask

Last edited by MikeGreece13; 07-21-2015 at 06:30 PM.
Old 07-22-2015, 06:23 AM
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Thank you for the very detailed response. I am now on the hunt and I'll try my best to apply your knowledge when possible.

Last edited by Cranky Crank Cranked; 07-22-2015 at 06:45 AM. Reason: Bad grammar
Old 07-22-2015, 12:52 PM
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Whatever you do, don't buy a regular old 3DS (first model) as they're very unreliable, especially the triggers.

Also with all models, look for the vertical scratches on the top screen that come when it rubs against the bewel of the bottom screen. That will get annoying fast.

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