Black Friday 2016

New Nintendo 3DS price slashed on Black Friday to $100

Black Friday special: Two special-edition models of Nintendo 3DS – one black, one white -- feature Mushroom Kingdom characters and imagery

New Nintendo 3DS price slashed on Black Friday to $100
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Much of the early Black Friday 2016 gaming buzz centers around virtual reality systems and big cuts to Xbox One bundles, but Nintendo this week has grabbed headlines with this holiday blockbuster: slashing the price of its New Nintendo 3DS video game system to $100 (okay, $99.99) starting on Nov. 25.

Typically, the Nintendo 3DS sells for about $150 and the 3DS.XL for $200. The special $100 price isn't that much more than for the inferior Nintendo 2DS console, which costs about $80. The original Nintendo 3DS, a portable gaming system that provides 3D-like effects without you needing to don dorky glasses, debuted in 2011 for $250, though the price quickly dropped closer to $170.

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Expect limited supplies of the New Nintendo 3DS at retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

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Among the games that will be available for the New Nintendo 3DS are Mario Party Star Rush, which launched Nov. 4, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, which debut Nov. 18, and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits. Coming up Dec. 2: Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. 

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Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. 

Up next for Nintendo: The hybrid Switch gaming console expected to be released next year.

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