GameStop XL a Safe Bet?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by cots, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. cots
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    I'm wondering if I were to buy a "used" XL system from GameStop (US Retailer, of course you'd know this if you're going to reply) if it would be compatible with the Gateway flashcard? I mean, will it be on an exploitable firmware? I know GameStop sells refurbished PS3 systems and they update them to the latest firmware version, so would the 3DS XL be updated too?
     
  2. tipsytoto

    tipsytoto GBAtemp Regular

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    I'd ask if you could turn it on and make sure everything is working fine before buying it. Take a quick peek in the system settings and walla? Worth a shot right?
     
  3. gamerboy1995

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    No guarantees, but if they take the time to update all the PS3s, I don't know why they wouldnt do the same to the 3DSs
     
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    Yeah, I never thought of that. I'm sure they wouldn't have a problem with me turning it on and stuff. Cool advice! Thanks!
     
  5. tony_2018

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    when you say xl, what do you mean?
     
  6. Ericjwg

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    of course.....
     
  7. cots
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    Old 3ds XL. Sorry for not being specific.
     
  8. Ericjwg

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    o3ds.... brand new one should be compatible with gw.
    used one...uh....
     
  9. tony_2018

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    Buy new, still on 9.0-9.2 firmware.
     
  10. Ericjwg

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    I don't think gamestop keep used exploitable 3ds...
    But they can't update O3ds if they want it "brand new"

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    u should pick new O3dsxl
     
  11. jefffisher

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    yeah first thing they do when they get it is format and update unless its been sitting on that shelf for a really really long time then it has been updated.
     
  12. TidusWulf

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    You can definitely say you want to check it out first. If they press you for a good reason, just say "because if I'm going to spend this much money, I want to be sure it's what I want"

    Also, check to make sure the touch screen is good. I almost bought a second 3DS last month that was firmware 7.x but ultimately backed out because the touch screen was bad and refused to re-calibrate.

    EDIT: Oh, and btw, I just checked craigslist where I live. There are four 3DS listings for $60, and at least two of them, in the photos, are DEFINITELY pre-9.0 (no theme button). No chargers, but you can buy a charger for $2 on Ebay. I did, and my charger works great. So yeah, check craigslist for older models. You'd be surprised how many people don't update their systems.
     
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  13. optikalsaint

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    A month or so ago I bought a brand new Gamestop NES Edition 3DS XL and it came with a v7.x firmware. All of the used original 3DS systems I have ever bought have been hit and miss but if you find an employee that likes you or is having a good day they usually have no issues with grabbing an old system out of the back and firing it up to let you check the firmware. I have heard from my local Gamestop staff that it is procedure to update the device to the latest version when they accept it from trade in and then wipe the device, so finding a used device with a good firmware might be hit or miss. It all depends on what firmware was the newest when the device was traded in. Devices that have been in inventory longer have a greater chance of having an exploitable firmware. I would recommend grabbing a new system known to have an exploitable firmware. If all else fails there is always eBay and CraigsList.
     
  14. Jao Chu

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    In this day and age of constant Wi-Fi connections in the home and public places, i can't see why the previous owner wouldn't tap yes to and update promt. You might get lucky to find a console thats been sitting in the shop since 9.2 was the latest update, but i highly doubt it. But good luck anyway though! :)
     
  15. Viri

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    Another nice place to find a used 3ds XL with an outdated firmware is a pawnshop. They don't give a shit if you wanna buy the console to pirate games, but you don't get any warranty, so if it breaks, you're fucked.
     
  16. Ronhero

    Ronhero Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die

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    I can still buy NIB 3ds for $109 and XL for $145