Nintendo’s Club Nintendo program is pretty awesome. Buy Nintendo systems and games, get free “coins,” spend coins on free game downloads and swag. It isn’t just about freebies though. Sometimes, it’s also about special buyers promotions. Like, for example, the just announced 3DS XL promotion for March 21-April 30, 2013 that could earn you a free game.
The 3DS XL Club Nintendo promotion was brought up during the February 14, 2013 Nintendo Direct. The notion gathered from it is that Nintendo wants to sell more 3DS XLs and is hoping that offering a free downloadable game by doing certain things will make that happen. It could work, seeing as the deal isn’t too complicated. People just have to buy a $199.99 3DS XL and a copy of either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity for $39.99 during the aforementioned promotional period. When both the system and game are registered with Nintendo during that one month window, they’ll also get to pick one of five games to download for free.
The good part is, some of the five free downloads for the 3DS XL promotion are pretty awesome. Choices include Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Star Fox 64 3D, Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! and Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!. Of course, we know everyone will pick Super Mario 3D Land or Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. The other three games don’t even have to be there. They shouldn’t be, really, because they’re all in the lower $29.99 price bracket now, while the other two are $39.99 games.
I’d say this is 3DS XL deal is one you could safely avoid. If you’re planning on grabbing a 3DS XL and either the new Luigi’s Mansion or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon next month, then wait. If you want a 3DS, don’t care whether it’s the standard or 3DS XL model and aren’t crazy about the two games, then wait. Toys R Us and Target frequently have deals where you can get the system and a $20-$30 gift card for your trouble. Save your money, grab it when it comes with a gift card and then use the gift card to grab a game you really want.
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