[Updated 1/17/17 – GameStop Has Blue 2DS (New) In Stock]:
These probably won’t last long, but if you’re still looking for a Nintendo 2DS, GameStop’s online site currently has the Electric Blue one in stock, which comes with Mario Kart 7 for free. It’s $79.99, but don’t wait too long or you’ll miss out.
[Updated 1/11/17 – Consider Nintendo Refurbished Systems]:
If you’re still looking for a 2DS, New 3DS XL, or Wii U system, you might want to consider ordering directly from Nintendo’s online store to get a refurbished system. They come with the same 1 year warranty and are practically brand new and cheaper to boot. I’ve ordered from them before and have had an excellent experience. Check out this story for the links.
[Updated 12/5/16 @ 10:02 p.m. CT – Target Out Of Stock]:
This will probably be the last update to this story, but I wanted to touch base on the 3DS and 2DS stock situations. First things first, it’s important to note that if you’re really trying to secure a 3DS or 2DS, you need to be vigilant and check the sites multiple times a day and also keep calling your local stores to see if they received any new shipments. The situation is very fluid with Nintendo shipping out systems all the time, but they tend to sell out quickly.
As of this update, Target had sold out of all 3DS systems as well. However, when I went back to the other sites Best Buy had the Black New 3DS XL back in stock. Everyone else was still listed as sold out. Good luck!
[Updated 12/5/16 – Best Buy Out Of Stock]:
Since we wrote this article yesterday, Best Buy has sold out of all New 3DS XL systems and is currently out of stock as of today. Obviously, stock levels can fluctuate day-to-day, so you may still want to check in to see if they’ve been replenished. As of now it looks like the in-stock situation for 3DS and 2DS is getting worse instead of better. The only online retailer that still has some quantities of New 3DS XL (as of 3:33 p.m. CT) is Target.
With all of the craziness surrounding the NES Classic Edition’s scarcity headlining the majority of the news stories this holiday season, we’ve slowly but surely begun to notice that another piece of Nintendo hardware is becoming very difficult to find: its handheld line. No doubt a ripple effect of the Pokémon craze sweeping the nation, the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems are rapidly disappearing at many retailers nationwide.
You can still get lucky and find a handful of systems at some of your local stores, but if you’re looking to snag one online you’re bound to run into some issues. As of today, Walmart, GameStop, Toys R Us, and Amazon are sold out of all New Nintendo 3DS XL configurations. In fact, only Target and Best Buy have the Red and Black colors readily available on their sites for $199.99. Many of the others will have some available via third-party sellers, but you’ll have to pay outrageous mark-up prices to secure one.
If you’re looking for a Nintendo 2DS at $79.99,
the only retailer to have them in stock on the website is Toys R Us (as the story was preparing to be posted, Toys R Us solid out of all 2DS systems as well – although you could check for in-store pick-up). Even then, it’s only the Electric Blue system with Mario Kart 7 included for free; they’re out of the Red version. Again, you could pay well over market value for a 2DS on sites like Amazon, which allows individual sellers to list them at whatever prices they choose.
Even GameStop, which usually has a vast selection of pre-owned or refurbished 3DS and 2DS systems, is out of stock of all varieties at the moment. Keep in mind that just because the retailer’s online site is sold out, it doesn’t mean your local storefront will be out of stock. However, for this story I called two Targets, three Walmarts, two Best Buys, two GameStops, and a Toys R Us and all of them were sold out of Nintendo 2DS systems. Only Best Buy has a couple of the New 3DS XL systems in stock.
There is no reason to believe that Nintendo won’t continue to ship out systems as fast as it can. It’s becoming obvious that the demand is outstripping supply at the moment, and it’s unclear if Nintendo will be able to flood retail channels with enough in time for Christmas. So, if you’ve been considering one of the Nintendo handhelds and come across one sitting on a store shelf, you may want to snap it up before it’s gone. You might not get another chance before the holidays arrive.