Somehow, the Nintendo Switch is still sold out everywhere, thanks to the rush of people looking to buy consoles during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re someone who’s looking for a Nintendo system to play games on right now, some of Nintendo’s older handhelds and classic models are currently available directly from the Nintendo store. These are products that have been refurbished directly by Nintendo and come with everything you need to play. “Although it may have minor cosmetic blemishes, it is guaranteed to be fully functional,” each product listing states.
- SNES Classic Edition — $70
- NES Classic Edition — $50
- New Nintendo 3DS XL (Red) — $120
- New Nintendo 2DS XL (Black & Turqouise) — $100
- New Nintendo 2DS XL (White & Orange) — $100
- Nintendo 2DS (Electric Blue) — $50
- Nintendo 2DS (Scarlet Red) — $50
Notably, you can buy the NES Classic and SNES Classic, which were released by Nintendo in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and have since been discontinued. Unless you want to pay an absurd price for these systems somewhere on the internet, the best place to buy them now is on the Nintendo store, which sells “Authentic Nintendo Refurbished Sets.” The refurbished NES Classic sells for $50 at Nintendo and comes with the system, one controller, an HDMI cable, AC adapter, and 30 pre-installed games. Meanwhile, the refurbished SNES Classic is $70 and gets you the mini console with two wired SNES controllers, one HDMI cable, one USB cable with AC adapter, and 21 pre-loaded Super NES games.
Several of Nintendo’s 3DS and 2DS systems are available as well, including a red 3DS XL for $120, two 2DS XL colors for $100, and two 2DS options for just $50 each. There are a ton of great games that can be played on these systems, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Ocarina of Time 3D, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and more.