Best way to get regular sized n3DS in the USA?

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  1. sp957
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    It looks like the Animal Crossing bundle is the best way? Is there anyway to replace those Animal face plates with just a standard white one if you went this route? The Pokemon Red and Blue bundle is pretty pricey.

    What about getting a Japan import regular sized n3DS? Is there a way to region unlock it? What if you plan on hacking the system anyway for free games? Does it matter what region the console is?
     
  2. Clector

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    If I"m not wrong there"s a way to change the region but you can"t access the eShop and similar related network services.
    I think the best will be to buy an American normal size "New" 3DS and then buy another face plate of your like trought Internet, you can buy Normal "New" 3DS faceplates frm another region or in Official Online Nintendo Store.
     
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    i think you would rather get the european model compared to the japanese, unless you specifically want a japanese one.
    but yes if you spend extra money you can get the usa one, it is only in a bundle though right...?
    you want to the cheapest, get the cheapest.
    you want the easiest, get the usa one.
     
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    We don't have the normal-sized n3DS here in the USA, only the XL. (We got shafted this time)
     
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    There are two bundles as said, one of Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer and another one of Pokemon Red and Blue that are American Normal "New 3DS".
    Still pretty unfair by thought.
     
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    yeah there is sorry... but it took a while to get to the usa
     
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    why¿?
     
  9. Hking0036

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    I just got the animal crossing one and then bought the oras translucent plates. Works great, a lot better than my old xl.

    Region changing is a huge pain, so if you can manage to get an animal crossing one at a fair price just go for that. I managed to get mine new for $166 but I think they've since stopped making them, the price seems to have gone up.
     
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    Oh, I see. I didn't know it finally made it here state-side! :D

    Might get the Pokemon bundle soon.
     
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    Unless you like buying it second hand off eBay for something like 300 or 350 dollars now you're gonna be SoL. I wish they would have made those longer but it has to be limited edition, for some reason.
     
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    The better is to search more and buy an American, because if you Region Change the console there may be problems too get eShop and similar working in the new Region, I thought the only manner you can actually make it work in "New" 3DS region changed is if you use yifanlu method: https://gist.github.com/yifanlu/e80db121d38aceb8cca0e03cefd5853b
    But note that it is more complex to do and maybe you don"t want to do it.
     
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    I'd definitely recommend buying the AC one and changing the faceplates.
    I'm ordering the xenoblade faceplates at the end of this month but I don't mind the HH designer faceplates for now.
     
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    You can get a used one at GameStop (not in a bundle) and it was $110 last time I checked.
     
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    I buy a European black, even if you can change the faceplates I don't like the white color when is open.
     
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    If you don't care about having really nicely designed faceplates, for about $3 you can get some plain white knockoffs from China on Ebay. I bought a set for my Pokemon N3DS and they look fine. Just a bit off of the normal console color but I don't care.

    The only caveat is that they don't come with the screws in the faceplate. So you either have to remove the screws from your AC or Pokemon faceplate or just do what I have done and go without the screws. The bottom plate holds on just fine without the screws in so it's no big deal.

    These are the ones I bought:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1x-White-Pl...926607?hash=item3d032784cf:g:S9sAAOSw9r1V9EBH

    I would suggest putting in an order ASAP though as the shipping time was pretty long. I think it took around 3 weeks to get them. YMMV.
     
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    There are a couple of eBay sellers selling them at $160, free shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Nintendo-3DS/272247195935?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIC.MBE&ao=1&asc=20150604093004&meid=c41919d724754509ada647861a1c8eb2&pid=100005&rk=1&rkt=6&sd=272247199478&rt=nc

    Note that if you intend to use a CFW, you'll have to downgrade one of these. I hear formatting the system before the downgrade helps make the downgrade more likely to be successful, although that could also just be a rumor.

    As far as coverplates go: It doesn't matter if it's AC or not, because the 3DS is designed to allow for changeable faceplates.
     
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    Do any regular n3DS come with IPS top screens?

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    I'll try that. TY!

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    Do you happen to have the other eBay listings? It's a pain searching for them because when I type "New" they still show all the DSs because they are in "new condition".
     
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    eBay searching n3ds non-xl is quite a pain indeed... I just search "n3ds" and tweak my search using the tickboxes on the left of the page. Anyway, here's a couple more links I found:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Nintend...9d74cad&pid=100033&rk=3&rkt=4&sd=272247195935

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Nintend...b&pid=100005&rk=3&rkt=6&sd=112005348075&rt=nc

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Nintend...b&pid=100005&rk=4&rkt=6&sd=112005348075&rt=nc

    The last two are auctions ending around 3 days.