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Summary: This Black Friday, it’s all about nabbing one of these limited edition Nintendo 3DS bundles with either The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, or Super Mario 3D Land.
When images of the originally Europe-only Special Edition Zelda 3DS was revealed in Black Friday flyers last week, it seemed too good a deal to be true. Limited edition hardware just don’t make it to our shores very often.
Thankfully, Nintendo America just confirmed that both the gold-trimmed Zelda 3DS with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and the Mario bundle with the recently released Super Mario 3D Land will indeed be in America on Thanksgiving (November 26).
Although the suggested retail price for both bundles is $199.99, GameStop is offering quite a discount on the box set if you trade-in your DS Lite (or later device) at the same time — you could pay as little as $99.99 for the bundle if you have a DSi XL. Now, if you have a number of Game Boy Advance titles that you would like to play every so often, then you should probably keep your DS because the 3DS is not backwards compatible with GBA titles.
Best Buy, on the other hand, is offering either box set for just $179.99, which is a great deal given that most 3DS games cost $40 each, and the device usually costs $169.99. Judging by the Black Friday flyers I’ve seen so far, no other retailer beyond GameStop and Best Buy is carrying the Zelda bundle. Most stores are just stocking the Mario bundle due to its festive color and new title, so check the product descriptions carefully before lining up on Friday.
Which gadgets/deals are you eyeing this Black Friday?
Gloria Sin is a freelance journalist based in New York City.