Nintendo’s new 3DS XL is up for pre-orders and will be released Friday. Nothing weird about that, right? Except there’s a nice little reminder next to the “buy-now” box letting you know you won’t be receiving a charger with your new purchase. This basically means you’ll have to either use one from a previous device (that includes the Nintendo 3DS, 2DS, 3DS XL, or DSi chargers) or buy one with your purchase. Sounds easy enough, right? Yes, if you’re into aftermarket accessories, otherwise you’re stuck at buying one directly from Nintendo.
You read that right. You currently cannot buy an “official” Nintendo charger off of your usual retail stores (like GameStop and Best Buy), so if you’re getting your 3DS XL at pretty much any retail location you’ll be forced to buy an aftermarket charger or you’ll only be able to enjoy your new handheld for say an hour or so while waiting for your official charger shipped off from Nintendo.
This is a bad idea.
As much as I like to be green and save the planet (which is what I suppose Nintendo might be doing by not sending extra chargers to users who might not need them), you should not be forcing new users to go out of their way to be able to use their new device. It does not make sense, since they’re actively putting another con for new users thinking about getting this new handheld. A better option would be to offer this as an option on their website and give these “returning customers” a kickback or discount (say, 5 – 10 dollars off the price) for not getting a charger.
Since you can only get your charger from Nintendo this will either end with official chargers being an expensive and rare commodity re-sold at exorbitant prices on eBay, or Nintendo realizing users need official chargers and either starting to ship those to major retail locations or let the aftermarket accessories be the norm for now on.