When the New Nintendo 3DS XL, one of the oddest named gaming systems in a while, releases in the United States, it will arrive without an AC adapter in its packaging.
Nintendo confirmed as much following yesterday’s Nintendo Direct presentation. They even provided IGN with a statement regarding their decision to skip the in-box AC adapter. Here’s that, verbatim.
“New Nintendo 3DS XL uses the same AC adapter as any Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo DSi system…Rather than raise cost of New Nintendo 3DS XL by charging consumers for a component they may already own, we are giving them the option to only buy if they need an AC adapter.”
That logic likely seems awkward and flawed to American consumers. We’ve never seen Nintendo (or any game company, for that matter) make a decision like this regarding the AC adapter for a system. They’re basically assuming two big things from consumers that shouldn’t be assumed: 1) all buyers are repeat buyers and 2) these repeat buyers have chargers readily available.
Now, the charger will be available separately at a fair price of $9.99. If you’re a Japanese gamer, this whole thing isn’t weird. Nintendo of Japan hasn’t included an AC adapter with their updated handhelds for a long time now.
For North American gamers? This is a first, and it will certainly lead to some confusion at retail. What parent will really think, automatically, that they need to buy a power cord when picking up a new system? Why wouldn’t that be included?