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#511 Viper51989

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:31 AM

I would give it a shot at Target in-store. Associate told me ahead of time that I would get a gift card with it as well as the savings. You should know within a couple of minutes if it is going to work or not. If it doesn't, just grab it at Best Buy.


target team member here. was looking to walk out with $159.99 XL with a $20 gift card and 15% savings from my team member discount + redcard. Instead, I got nothing. The two female gstls at my store have been really stressed (read: pmsing) lately and were giving me a hard time just doing the price match. gift card was out of the question but the last straw was the price match negating my employee discount!!

I was so irritated I told them I'd rather get it at best buy for reward zone points or whatever than save the measly 5% with my red card

they practically brushed me off from the beginning of the near 10 min back and forth and as a customer (we call them guests), I would've been extremely put off. While I do enjoy working there and like almost everyone in the store, I was seriously almost angry enough to leave them with a choice parting comment or two.

in conclusion, don't go to super target in roswell, ga expecting much of anything but a hard time and borderline disrespect

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:13 AM

Was waiting to get in a Vita or 3DS and this deal pushed me over. Ended up getting the flame with the 3D Mario preloaded. Also picked up Starfox 64 used and a $10 case. Used my Chase Freedom card to get 5% cash back. I really hate shopping at Best Buy though. Got hounded to sign up for a credit card by two employees. I understand its there job but don't get pissy at me when I say no.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:47 AM

kart bundle was sold out earlier which made me regret not getting one, but popped up just now at a local store, so I grabbed it for in-store pickup. hoping I don't regret going the opposite manner, now... but figure I can prob sell it for not much less if I do end up regretting.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:22 AM

kart bundle was sold out earlier which made me regret not getting one, but popped up just now at a local store, so I grabbed it for in-store pickup. hoping I don't regret going the opposite manner, now... but figure I can prob sell it for not much less if I do end up regretting.


you can always return it as long as you dont open it, with that being said it would help to make a list of games ur looking forward to on the 3ds or DS.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:53 AM

Which brand of screen protector would you guys recommend for this thing? I played a lot of Elite Beat Agents on my old fat DS and, as a result, the touch screen on that thing has been scratched to hell. I intend to play loads of EBA and FF Theatrhythm on this sucker. :D

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:23 AM

Seems to be back in stock for shipping.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

Seems to be back in stock for shipping.


Its been doing that alot for me.. I still got to wait

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:44 PM

Which brand of screen protector would you guys recommend for this thing? I played a lot of Elite Beat Agents on my old fat DS and, as a result, the touch screen on that thing has been scratched to hell. I intend to play loads of EBA and FF Theatrhythm on this sucker. :D


Hori brand screen protector for teh winz! They are OOS at Amazon direct but you can find them in Toys R Us stores for the same price -- $8.99

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:49 PM

are you guys happy with your 3dsxl? I got mine yesterday but still debating whether i should keep it or return it for the regular 3ds.
help me decide. plz.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

I picked this up at BB yesterday, was tempted to try the Target price match, but noticed this on Target' holiday price march list of exclusions;

Competitor price matches on items where Target is offering a free gift card

https://corporate.ta...e-promise#q1973

I think this would explain the low success rate.

#521 JCrichton

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:57 PM

are you guys happy with your 3dsxl? I got mine yesterday but still debating whether i should keep it or return it for the regular 3ds.
help me decide. plz.

I always prefer the XL models of the DS systems. Loved the DSi XL and even though it's only been a few days I vastly prefer the 3DS XL. But honestly, it's completely up to you and your preferences.

#522 Bosamba

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

I cancelled my in store pick up order and rebought it along with a Nerf Case, $19.99 Super Mario 3d Land, and $29.99 Professor Layton (after price matching Kmart on Mario). Receipt verified that I received double points on everything.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:12 PM

Wow you got them to PM the Mario games and got the 20 off two 3ds titles? That's sweet.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

Hori brand screen protector for teh winz! They are OOS at Amazon direct but you can find them in Toys R Us stores for the same price -- $8.99


Amazon and TRU online were both out of stock, but TRU came back in-stock online yesterday. It wouldn't let me use ShopRunner so the shipping kills it but better than paying inflated 3rd party prices at Amazon. (I'm 40 miles away from a TRU).
So soon after I did that Amazon allowed orders again even though they don't have stock.
I probably should have checked local Wal-Mart, just in case.

#525 Bosamba

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:20 PM

Wow you got them to PM the Mario games and got the 20 off two 3ds titles? That's sweet.


Yeah, someone mentioned it in the Kmart sales thread. After price matching, the $20 off two qualifying games is done automatically. I was thinking about picking up Paper Mario and my total would have only been $39.99 for both games after price matching and automatic discount.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:22 PM

So last week at Toys R US I got a $42 gift card with my 3DS XL MK7, will TRU price match Best Buy? If so, that would be overall the best deal, right?

Otherwise I'll probably try to pick it up from Target or Best Buy. And I'll try to get $40 off two Mario 3DS games from BB as well.

Also, any good clam shell cases that allow you to play your 3DS XL out of? I have one for my DSi XL, but I haven't seen any for 3DS XL.

#527 100xp

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

are you guys happy with your 3dsxl? I got mine yesterday but still debating whether i should keep it or return it for the regular 3ds.
help me decide. plz.


unless you have small hands or are comfortable w/the 3ds or just can't live without a purple 3ds (over the 3ds XL) the extra $ is worth the upgrade. mainly for the extended battery life and larger screen. Buying a battery pack would still cost you almost as much as just getting the 3DS XL at $159.99 (vs. $129.99 for the 3DS + nyko battery pack)

a lot of us have gotten over the limited color selection, a case will solve that problem to a degree...and if you don't already have Mario Kart, it's a pretty sweet deal.

in other news...GS is offerring the 3DS used for $119.99, where as BB is offerring the 3DS NEW for $129.99. lulz.

#528 Ranch Wings AKA RiceQuakes

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

Is Mario Kart preinstalled or do you get a code? I already have the retail copy, so I wanted to try selling it.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

Preinstalled.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:08 PM

Preinstalled.

Oh darn. That would mean having to sell my retail copy and all my save info. :(

#531 Yars

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:19 PM

Even without the possibility of getting the $20 GC I'm still tempted to pick one up.

I've got a few questions for 3DS XL owners. What is the battery life like on the 3DS XL if you're primarily playing DS games on the medium brightness setting? How well do DS games upscale when played at the full screen setting? When you play DS games at their native resolution, is the image larger than a DS Lite screen?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:25 PM

Yeah I know, wish there was a way to transfer those games....

Is there a way to transfer those games? Definitely hit this deal if there was.

Dude, you can transfer.

#533 dchrisd

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

Transferring is easy (just select system transfer from both systems and follow the onscreen prompts, even has really cool pikmin animation with it) BUTT (Khardasian size) you have to use your old memory card in the new system (unless you back up the memory card data to your pc then transfer it over). Really annoying
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:41 PM

unless you have small hands or are comfortable w/the 3ds or just can't live without a purple 3ds (over the 3ds XL) the extra $ is worth the upgrade. mainly for the extended battery life and larger screen. Buying a battery pack would still cost you almost as much as just getting the 3DS XL at $159.99 (vs. $129.99 for the 3DS + nyko battery pack)

a lot of us have gotten over the limited color selection, a case will solve that problem to a degree...and if you don't already have Mario Kart, it's a pretty sweet deal.

in other news...GS is offerring the 3DS used for $119.99, where as BB is offerring the 3DS NEW for $129.99. lulz.


The nyko pack is frequently $5-$15. Not to mention its still basically double the life of the XL battery.

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#535 PikaPichu

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

unless you have small hands or are comfortable w/the 3ds or just can't live without a purple 3ds (over the 3ds XL) the extra $ is worth the upgrade. mainly for the extended battery life and larger screen. Buying a battery pack would still cost you almost as much as just getting the 3DS XL at $159.99 (vs. $129.99 for the 3DS + nyko battery pack)

a lot of us have gotten over the limited color selection, a case will solve that problem to a degree...and if you don't already have Mario Kart, it's a pretty sweet deal.

in other news...GS is offerring the 3DS used for $119.99, where as BB is offerring the 3DS NEW for $129.99. lulz.


Would it be unreasonable to charge $100 for my used (mint condition) 3DS?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

Hori brand screen protector for teh winz! They are OOS at Amazon direct but you can find them in Toys R Us stores for the same price -- $8.99


Thanks a bunch! I picked up a couple from my local TRU for $8.99 (ea). I am now one happy camper :D

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

I still might pull the trigger on a 3DS XL (waited too long for the Mario Kart bundle), but I'm struggling in terms of funds. I'll get 50 back from the AMEX/Bestbuy promo, but still. The only reason I'm considering it now is because I just got hired for a job starting soon.

If the Mario Kart bundle comes back in stock for shipping or store pickup near me I think I'll succumb and just sell my old 3DS to recoup the money.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:06 PM

unless you have small hands or are comfortable w/the 3ds or just can't live without a purple 3ds (over the 3ds XL) the extra $ is worth the upgrade. mainly for the extended battery life and larger screen. Buying a battery pack would still cost you almost as much as just getting the 3DS XL at $159.99 (vs. $129.99 for the 3DS + nyko battery pack)

a lot of us have gotten over the limited color selection, a case will solve that problem to a degree...and if you don't already have Mario Kart, it's a pretty sweet deal.

in other news...GS is offerring the 3DS used for $119.99, where as BB is offerring the 3DS NEW for $129.99. lulz.



aite thanks man. i think im gona stick with my xl.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

Complained to Target Corporate because of the poor service I received. Didn't ask for the gift card, just explained that the associates didn't handle it appropriately. They're sending me a $20 gift card anyway. So, in the end I guess I am getting the promotion. Whatever.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:27 PM

Just got my 3DS XL Mario Kart bundle price adjusted at BB today! Took them awhile to figure everything out since there was a $20GC involved last week, but they just ended up giving me another $20GC for the difference; which I was more than happy with. Last week, I got the XL for $199 with a $20 GC, Just Dance 4 and Angry Birds for the Xbox For $40/ea with a $30 GC, plus an extra $25 gift code for the $250 in store pick up deal they had last week. So all told, I got JD4, Angry Birds, and the Mario Kart 3DS XL for just a shade over $300, with $95 in gift cards in return, plus the RZ points I will earn on the transaction. That is how a true CAG does it!