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Nintendo refurbishing to make up for lost sales

Nintendo refurbishing to make up for lost sales

Nintendo is selling refurbished 3DS’ and DSi XL handhelds for as low as $99.99, and as high as $169,99, These refurbs come with the same one-year warranty as the new models.

The only difference between the new and the refurbished are a few “minor cosmetic blemishes”, according to Nintendo. They add that, “the only refurbished products in the market that have been cleaned, tested, and inspected to meet Nintendo’s high standards.”

This may spell danger for GameStop considering how this will cut in to the used console market and hurt their sales. But it might not effect them so much in the future. According to The Verge, GameStop has their own factory with over 1,100 employees who refurbish everything from Xbox 360’s to iPhones.


John Daugherty, the deputy vice president of refurbishment, believes that GameStop is a “superior trade collection point” for consoles and electronic devices. Having this service may allow Gamestop to expand their operations in the niche collector’s market.

Overall, Nintendo selling their own refurbished products shouldn’t be too surprising. Their sales for both the Wii U and the 3DS were lower than anticipated last year, and they have suffered losses as a result. Nintendo aimed to sell 4 million units of the Wii U before the end of 2012, but fell short only selling 3.45 million.

Selling scratched 3DS’ won’t bring them back to the top, but it should provide them with a sense of security as they prepare to make their next big move.

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An associate editor at Game Override, avid player of video games, and owner of a cat; Joshua loves the Gaming Industry and the culture it centered around it. He has decided to be more than just a consumer of games and to become a part of the industry itself. Boom bitch.

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