How Much Is A Nintendo 3DS Worth In 2021?


Nintendo 3DS

Whether you’re wanting to sell an old Nintendo 3DS or looking to get into the handheld’s stellar library today, you’ll need to know how much the console is actually worth. But with different models – the Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, and New 2DS XL – it can actually be a bit difficult to get an idea of what the 3DS is selling for.

How much is a Nintendo 3DS DS worth today? The original Nintendo 3DS sells for $121 on average, based on recently sold eBay listings. The larger 3DS XL sells for $188, and the upgraded New 3DS and New 3DS XL go for $256 and $224 respectively. The 2D-only redesigned handhelds – the 2DS and the New 2DS XL – currently sell for $82 and $185 respectively.

ModeleBay (average sold price)Amazon (lowest price)GameStop (used price)
Nintendo 3DS$121$130$130 (currently unavailable online)
Nintendo 3DS XL$188$170$140 (currently unavailable online)
Nintendo 2DS$82$111$90 (currently unavailable online)
New Nintendo 3DS$256$290$130 (refurbished; currently unavailable online)
New Nintendo 3DS XL$224$230$140 (currently unavailable online)
New Nintendo 2DS XL$185$225$150 (refurbished; currently unavailable online)

3DS prices can vary pretty significantly, and this is largely based on a few key factors – the model, the condition the unit is in, whether or not the console ships in its original packaging, and even the retailer.

For most of these models, there really isn’t a going rate for new consoles due to rarity. As new models ship, older ones start being phased out and sealed, in-box units become harder to come by. And as we get further from the original release of these handhelds, new units will only become increasingly more rare and expensive.

(Please note: Prices and information below are accurate as of November 18, 2021. This article has been and will continue to be updated to reflect current rates, but prices can fluctuate. Additionally, the information provided is based on the models released in the United States. Models released in other regions may differ from the prices shown below.)

What Is A Nintendo 3DS Worth?

Nintendo 3DS

Price Overview:

  • Used: $67-$237
  • Refurbished: $130
  • New: ~$280+

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within 3 months previous to when this article was last updated (November 18, 2021).

What Is A Nintendo 3DS XL Worth?

Nintendo 3DS XL

Price Overview:

  • Used: $114-335
  • Refurbished: $140
  • New: N/A

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within three months previous to when this article was last updated (November 18, 2021).

What Is A Nintendo 2DS Worth?

Nintendo 2DS

Price Overview:

  • Used: $31-$115
  • Refurbished: $90
  • New: N/A

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within nine months previous to when this article was last updated (November 18, 2021).

What Is A New Nintendo 3DS Worth?

New Nintendo 3DS

Price Overview:

  • Used: $120-$365
  • Refurbished: $130
  • New: N/A

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within four months previous to when this article was last updated (January 19, 2021).

What Is A New Nintendo 3DS XL Worth?

New Nintendo 3DS XL

Price Overview:

  • Used: $125-$375
  • Refurbished: $150
  • New: N/A

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within three months previous to when this article was last updated (November 18, 2021).

What Is A New Nintendo 2DS XL Worth?

New Nintendo 2DS XL

Price Overview:

  • Used: $90-229
  • Refurbished: $150
  • New: N/A

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within 12 months previous to when this article was last updated (November 18, 2021).

What Are The Differences Between The Various 3DS Consoles?

3DS Family

Not only do all of the Nintendo 3DS consoles differ cosmetically, but they also have important functional differences that are important to note for prospective buyers.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Original 3DS console
  • Stereoscopic, glasses-free 3D
  • Clamshell design
  • Stereo speaker output

Nintendo 3DS XL

  • All of the same features as the original 3DS, but with a larger display and improved battery life

Nintendo 2DS

  • Revised budget model without 3D support
  • Wedge design
  • Mono speaker output (stereo with headphones)

New Nintendo 3DS

  • Upgraded 3DS revision with slightly better technical specs than the original model, 3DS XL, and 2DS
  • Addition of the C-Stick for more control options
  • Some games are exclusive to the “New” line of 3DS/2DS consoles
  • Access to SNES Virtual Console

New Nintendo 3DS XL

  • All of the same features as the New 3DS, but with a larger display

New Nintendo 2DS XL

  • All of the same features as the New 3DS XL, but without stereoscopic, glasses-free 3D

To read more about the differences between the DS family of consoles, make sure to check out our complete comparison articles: Nintendo 3DS vs 2DS vs New 2DS XL: A Complete Comparison and also Nintendo 3DS vs 3DS XL vs New 3DS XL: What’s The Difference?

What About Limited Editions And Color Variants?

Majora's Mask New 3DS XL

Like any Nintendo handheld, the 3DS family of consoles has more than its share of limited edition consoles – and these can definitely affect pricing. That being said, most limited-run models warrant a modest price jump from the standard unit (around $10-$25 more on average).

Still, it’s best to do your homework with these rarer consoles, as certain models can sometimes go for significantly more than the standard unit. In this case, it’s best to study eBay to find out what recent models have sold for and use previously sold data to guide your own purchasing/listing decision.

Is It Still Worth Buying A Nintendo 3DS Today?

Nintendo 3DS Colors

Lastly, you might be wondering if it’s even worth purchasing one of the Nintendo 3DS handhelds today. Well, the answer to that question is: absolutely – for the right gamer, that is.

While the 3DS is no longer supported with new games, it’s still a fantastic (and affordable) handheld with access to games from up to six generations of classic Nintendo consoles. Not to mention, the console has some fantastic exclusive games that should be considered must-plays for any Nintendo fan. And for most gamers looking to get into the original DS’ library of games, the 3DS is also worth considering as it’s backward compatible. Honestly, when it comes to on-the-go gaming, the Nintendo 3DS is second to none.

To read more about why the Nintendo 3DS is worth considering today, check out our complete article: Is It Worth Buying A Nintendo 3DS Today?

At the end of the day, the decision as to whether or not this handheld is right for you is really all up to personal preference. But there is definitely an argument to be made that, given console (and game) prices these days, there is arguably no better time to grab a Nintendo 3DS.

Bobby Anhalt

Bobby is the founder of Retro Game Buyer. He adores video games and is passionate about sharing his knowledge, thoughts, and opinions on nostalgic retro titles.

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