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New Nintendo 3DS XL Won't Come with a Charger

I love Nintendo. I don’t own a Wii U and the Wii was definitely my least favorite console of its generation, but it’s done little to diminish my love for the developer that I grew up with. I’m a shameless fanboy, ready to jump to their defense at a moment’s notice, but this latest incident has me at a loss.

The New 3DS XL launches in the US this Friday, but if you pick up the handheld console, you’ll notice one thing is conspicuously missing: a charger. That’s right, the New 3DS XL doesn’t come with a charging cable. And if that weren’t frustrating enough (it is), those looking to buy a charger might be a little confused, as there is no specific charger for the New 3DS XL.

A quick search of Amazon, Gamestop, or even the Nintendo store show universal 3DS chargers that can charge any iteration of the handheld device, so a charger is available, but those looking specifically for a New 3DS XL charger will have to do a little digging just to learn that there isn’t one. To top it off, the 3DS naming scheme is terrible. Casual users might not realize that the Nintendo 3DS XL isn’t the same thing as the New Nintendo 3DS XL, which only complicates the search.

And I’m sure there’s a whole section of gamers out there who still use brick-and-mortar stores as their go-to destination for picking up games and consoles, but according to The Verge, Gamestop won’t even be carrying the official universal Nintendo 3DS charger, only third-party ones. That means anybody who goes into Gamestop to pick up a New 3DS XL will have to make an additional purchase online if they want the first-party charger.


I know it sounds like I’m making a mountain out of a molehill, but it’s such a bizarre decision on Nintendo’s part to leave out an accessory that’s both required to run the device and cheap to produce. Picking up a separate charger might be a hassle, it might not, but it’s something that consumers shouldn’t even have to consider.

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