The Nintendo 3DS XL — effectively a super-sized successor to the original 3DS — goes on sale in Australia this Thursday (August 23). The official list price is $249.95, but can you do better by shopping around?
A look around the major Australian retailers suggests you can score a few extra options with pre-orders, but there isn't massive price competition three days out from release. Here's what we found, ranked in rough order of value:
- Big W is bundling the console with Super Monkey Ball 3D for $248.
- Dick Smith has the console on its own for $239. For $249 you can get a bundle with either Rayman Origins or a remote-controlled Mario Kart miniature. Both deals are online only, and there's a $9.95 shipping charge.
- Mwave has the console on its own for $245. Delivery is $11.50, but you can pick it up at the Sydney warehouse for free.
- Target has a $259 bundle with two games: Rayman Origins plus your choice of Combat of the Giant Dinosaurs or Ghost Recon Shadow Wars.
- Games 101 has the console on its own for $242.95, but you have to pay $5.95 for postage, which brings it to $247.90. (The postage is flat-rate, so if you order other titles it works out cheaper.) You can also buy a 3DS XL bundled with Super Mario 3D Land for $288.95 (plus postage).
- EB Games is charging $248 (you can pick up in store on the day). The price drops to $129 if you trade in an iPhone or iPad, but that's a frankly insane move; chances are you could sell either device yourself on eBay or Gumtree for more than $120.
- JB Hi-Fi is charging $248 for the console (plus 99 cents for shipping if you order for delivery).
Spotted a better deal elsewhere? Tell us in the comments. (And yes, I realise that uber-enthusiasts will have already imported one.)