With the launch of the New 3DS and the New 3DS XL, five models exist in the Nintendo DS range.
However, with enhanced 3D technology, larger screens and faster processors, unless it comes down to budget, the New 3DS and New 3DS XL are significantly better than the original 3DS and 3DS XL and we believe there are really only three contenders. The New 3DS, the New 3DS XL and the Nintendo 2DS.
As we count down to the release of the Nintendo Switch next year and with the Wii U winding down, you'll be able to find some great deals on Nintendo 3DS come Black Friday.
Deals have already leaked in the US, a new limited-edition 3DS in black and white, featuring Mushroom Kingdom-themed covers, for $99.99. Keep an eye on this page as we'll be bringing you the best deals as soon as they are released.
The best deals for Nintendo New 3DS
The screen is larger on the New 3DS than the original measuring at 3.88 inches on the top screen with enhanced 3D (compared to 3.5 inches) and 3.33 inches on the bottom (up from 3inches).
The New 3DS also has an extra analogue stick and more powerful components meaning it'll play games like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, something the original 3DS can't handle
The best deals for Nintendo New 3DS XL
The Nintendo 3DS XL has a much larger screen, measuring 4.88 inches (top screen) and 4.18 inches (bottom screen). Perfect for gamers with hefty hands.
It features new, enhanced 3D technology, as the New 3DS, that adjusts automatically based on your head and eye movement. This make is much more fun to use when travelling on public transport as well as improving the colour reproduction.
Look out for the special edition New 3DS XL models listed below the deals chart too.
The best deals for Nintendo 2DS
The Nintendo 2DS is still a popular console, especially with parents. This is because the 2DS in a single, flat screen which is harder to destroy. The small hinge mechanism on the 3DS models is a potential breakable spot.
As the name suggests the 2DS does not have any 3D effects. A good option if you can't get on with 3D. Though you can turn this down, or even off, on the 3D models.
The 2DS has the same processor and the same array of sensors, as the original 3DS, meaning 3DS games will work on the console giving you plenty of choice. However, the New 3DS and the New 3DS XL feature a new processor and it is likely Nintendo will release games which are only compatible with the new models in the future. Something worth considering.
- 2DS Special Edition with Pokemon Sun preorder - £89.99
- 2DS Special Edition with Pokemon Moon preorder - £89.99
Looking for one of the older models?
Though we believe the top three are the best models to consider when purchasing a new Nintendo 3DS. If you'd rather an older model, the 3DS and 3DS XL (not to be confused with New series) are still available and are generally slightly cheaper.
The best deals for 3DS games
If you want a new game for your New 3DS be sure to check out our best deals below. You can also pre-order Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon and be the first to own once released.