Chances of getting a 10.3 or lower N3DS in 2 months?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Chris_Highwind, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. Chris_Highwind
    OP

    Chris_Highwind GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    405
    144
    Mar 21, 2010
    United States
    Mooresville, NC
    So for my birthday in March, I'm considering buying a New 3DS in order to take advantage of its benefits. However, with 10.4 and 10.5 out, I'm concerned that when it comes time to buy the N3DS, I'll get one above 10.3. If I were to buy a non-bundle N3DS via Amazon in March, what would my chances of getting one on 10.3 or lower be and how could I increase my chances?
     


  2. GalladeGuy

    GalladeGuy Freeze Kirby :3

    Member
    2,582
    2,641
    Oct 28, 2015
    United States
    Probably from 0% to about 10%. :/
    Just get a 2DS. As long as it isn't the Yokai Watch or Pokemon R&B bundle it is guaranteed to be on 9.2 or less, so you don't even have to downgrade. I got the 2DS MK7 mundle for Thanksgiving and it came on 6.0.0. Now runs emuNAND 10.5 like a charm.
     
  3. Chris_Highwind
    OP

    Chris_Highwind GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    405
    144
    Mar 21, 2010
    United States
    Mooresville, NC
    I already have a 3DS XL, so why would I want a 2DS? I want a New 3DS so I can take advantage of its higher specs.
     
  4. Pecrow

    Pecrow GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,137
    417
    Jun 23, 2015
    United States
    There is a post on here on which serial numbers have which software versions. If you go to a store to buy it physically you can check the serials on the physical box and crossmatch .. giving you a higher 80-90% chance of getting a version of 10.3 or lower to be able to downgrade to 9.2 :)
     
    GalladeGuy likes this.
  5. Criminal90

    Criminal90 Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    68
    14
    Feb 4, 2007
    Italy
    The chance of getting an updated 3DS with 10.4 or 10.5 is very low for me.
    I've bought a N3DS after six month of launch and I have found with 9.0
     
  6. tivu100

    tivu100 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,991
    431
    Jun 6, 2015
    United States
    There are many of N3DS with 10.3 or lower, so no need to worry unless you look at the new edition Fire Emblem or Pokemon Red and Blue (which may have a chane being 10.4 or 10.5...
     
    Last edited by tivu100, Jan 29, 2016
  7. GreatCrippler

    GreatCrippler Greatness Fallen

    Member
    1,330
    183
    Mar 27, 2010
    United States
    Grand Junction, Colorado
    Yea, I have the Fire Emblem one reserved. If it's 10.3 or lower, cool. If not no biggie.
     
    XavyrrVaati likes this.
  8. zoogie

    zoogie simple pimp tool

    Member
    6,326
    7,995
    Nov 30, 2014
    United States
    There hasn't even been a single confirmed case of a 10.0+ n3ds yet. What in the world makes people think a system released next month will be 10.5? (10.4 won't ever be seen given it was out only 7 days)
     
  9. daxtsu

    daxtsu GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    5,546
    3,952
    Jun 9, 2007
    Antarctica
    Probably the highest those two will be is 10.3, if that, since like games, they have to produce thousands of them months in advance to meet initial demand.
     
    zoogie and tivu100 like this.
  10. OmegaPikachu

    OmegaPikachu GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    204
    21
    Mar 9, 2015
    United States
    Yall making me worried now. I feel like i should just get a different edition N3DS instead of the 20th anniversary one.

    Im probably gonna get the one i reserved then just wait to open it until some others can confirm what firmware they got on it.

    Someone should make a thread detailing the firmware of New N3DS when they come out.
     
    Last edited by OmegaPikachu, Jan 29, 2016
  11. tivu100

    tivu100 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,991
    431
    Jun 6, 2015
    United States
    If this is true, I may thinking of trading one of my nephew N3DS Zelda Hyrule edition (already downgrade and install CFW) and pre order the Fire Emblem one so the 2 N3DS is more distinguishable.
     
    Last edited by tivu100, Jan 29, 2016
  12. daxtsu

    daxtsu GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    5,546
    3,952
    Jun 9, 2007
    Antarctica
    I think it's a safe bet. They're not going to put the most recent firmwares that came out a week ago on a batch of consoles being made, it'd be a nightmare to have to do so, especially if they're already boxed and ready for shipping.
     
    tivu100 likes this.
  13. RetroBitMig

    RetroBitMig CEO of PixelRocket (returning soon) and Maagic Dev

    Member
    161
    69
    Oct 19, 2015
    United States
    Los Angeles
    20th Anniversary Pokemon N3DS has most likely been in production long before 10.4 and 10.5 even came out. I think it may be safe to say that it'll come packaged with 9.9-10.3, which are all still safe to downgrade and whatnot. Probably the same with Fire Emblem, but I'm not too sure of that since I don't follow FE like I follow Pokemon.
     
    tivu100 and daxtsu like this.
  14. ChaosRipple

    ChaosRipple GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    260
    66
    Oct 1, 2015
    United States
    Honestly, I don't even think 10.4+ consoles are even on the shelves yet.
     
  15. tivu100

    tivu100 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,991
    431
    Jun 6, 2015
    United States
    There is still very slim chance of updated N3DS return to be put back on shelf (you know guys who failed downgrading, return it back to store while lazy employees not bother to check). Since there is no seal for N3DS, it's much easier for retailer to put back return onto shelves.
     
    Last edited by tivu100, Jan 29, 2016
  16. zoogie

    zoogie simple pimp tool

    Member
    6,326
    7,995
    Nov 30, 2014
    United States
    The thing to do is pre-order the console in-store and wait for day one reports of the firmware. Just cancel the pre-order if the news is bad. Most retailers give you two days to pick up the system. (edit: oh, he's talking about non-special edition. in that case there is a -500% chance the version will be 10.4+ lol)
     
    Last edited by zoogie, Jan 29, 2016
  17. NgXAlex

    NgXAlex Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    76
    33
    Feb 4, 2013
    France
    Here in France I bought last month a N3DS XL => FW: 9.5

    ;)
     
  18. BDS

    BDS GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    175
    46
    Jan 7, 2016
    France
    I also hope the Hyrule Edition (released in Europe on March 24th) will come with 9.0-10.3 since I plan on getting one to replace my Majora's Mask Edition because the one I have doesn't have an IPS screen but a TN one :( (and therefore I also expect the Hyrule Edition to have an IPS screen)

    Where is it? I just found something outdated (on gbatemp wiki).
     
    Last edited by BDS, Jan 29, 2016
  19. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolfdog™ Cuddle lesbian derp

    Member
    20,065
    21,165
    Sep 13, 2009
    Antarctica
    Between insane and insecure
    If you live in the States, Wal*Mart might be your best bet to getting an older 3DS. I know most Wal*Marts (at least in my area) still have backlogs on older 3DS's that they can't sell. Mine still have the Black Friday New Super Mario from last year.
     
    daxtsu likes this.
  20. Jarmenti

    Jarmenti Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    68
    35
    Jan 25, 2016
    Canada
    The hyrule editions have 9.9 on it. I just bought one the other day, and downgrade went smoothly (upgrade to 10.3 first)